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Peach & Cherry Galette July 16, 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — dogsmum @ 1:47 pm

With a few simple steps and in a relatively short time this perfect summer pastry is baked. Preferably eat it warm but not right after you take it out of the oven. If you like, enjoy some vanilla ice cream with it.

 

200g plain flour

5 Tbsp sugar

pinch of salt

120g butter

60ml iced water

2 peaches

100g cherries

 

Method

 

Put the flour, 3 tablespoons sugar and the pinch of salt in a mixing bowl and mix together. Cut the butter into cubes and add them to the mixture. Mix with the food processor until it is crumbly. Then add the ice-cold water and stir with a fork, so that the flour is completely bound. Lightly knead the dough with your hands and then form into a ball, flatten slightly, wrap in cling film and let it rest for one hour in the refrigerator.

Meanwhile, cut the peaches in half and remove the stone. Cut each half in about 8 thinner slices. Cut also the cherries into halves and remove stone. Put the fruits in a bowl and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons sugar. Let it stand until you take the dough out of the fridge.

Preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6. Take the dough from the refrigerator and roll it out on a floured work surface. Make it as round in shape as possible. Now distribute the fruits on the dough, using a slatted spoon as you don’t want all that juice on the pastry or you’ll have a soggy bottom. Spare around 4cm from the edge. Fold the edge slightly over the filling. The fruits should not to be covered.

Bake the galette approximately 25 minutes on the middle rack until the dough has a nice golden brown colour. Let cool slightly before serving.

 

Cherry Bakewell Cake June 13, 2017

If you know someone who likes Bakewell tart, then they will just love this cake – it’s full of almond flavour and sandwiched with cherry jam. I made this for a neighbour who recently helped me out.

 

Ingredients

 

200g butter, softened

200g sugar

100g ground almond

100g self raising flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp almond extract

4 lrg eggs

 

For the filling & topping

 

1/2 a 340g jar of cherry conserve

175g icing sugar

2-3 Tbsp lemon juice or water

2 Tbsp ready toasted flaked almonds

 

Method

 

Heat oven to 180C/gas 4 and make sure there’s a shelf ready in the middle. Butter and line the bases of 2 x 20cm round sandwich tins with baking paper.

Using electric beaters, beat together all the cake ingredients with a pinch of salt until smooth, then spoon into the tins and level the tops. Bake for 30 mins or until golden and springy. Don’t open the oven before 25 mins cooking time has passed.

When they’re ready, cool the sponges for a few mins, then tip out of the tins and cool completely on a wire rack.

When cool, put one sponge on a serving plate, then spread with jam. Sandwich the second sponge on top. Sieve the icing sugar into a large bowl. Add the water or lemon juice, then stir until smooth and thick. Spread evenly over the top and let it dribble over the sides. Scatter with the nuts and leave to set for a few mins before cutting.

 

 

Easter (egg) Cake April 16, 2017

Happy Easter everyone!

Before the recipe I’d like to welcome all my new followers & thank everyone for all the likes 🙂

 

Ingredients for the cake, which is a basic Victoria Sandwich

 

175g butter, room temperature

175g caster sugar

3 eggs, beaten

175g self raising flour

pinch of salt

 

Method

 

Preheat oven to 180C/gas 4

Line 2 20cm sponge tins with parchment paper

Cream the butter and sugar together until its pale, light and fluffy

Add the egg a little at a time, beating well after each addition

Sift the flour and salt and add to the mixture, folding in carefully

Divide the mixture into the tins and bake for 20 – 25 mins, until well risen and the sides of the cake are just coming away from the tins

Remove from the oven and leave for 5 mins before turning out onto a cooling rack, leaving the parchment paper attached to the cake until they are completely cold

 

Vanilla Buttercream

 

110g butter, room temperature

60ml milk, room temperature

1 tsp vanilla extract

500g icing sugar, sieved

A few drops yellow food colour

 

Beat the butter, milk, vanilla extract and half the icing sugar until smooth. Gradually add the rest of the icing sugar, beating until buttercream is smooth and creamy.

Add food colouring, carefully, only 1 drop at a time and beating well after each addition, until you get the colour you want.

 

Remove the parchment paper from one of the cakes and spread with strawberry jam. Remove the parchment paper from the other cake and spread on some of the buttercream then sandwich the two together.

Spread a little buttercream on a cake board and place the cake onto it (this will stop the cake moving).

I’ve used Kit Kat Bites around the side but you can use whatever you prefer. Spread a little buttercream on each and stick them to around the side of the cake, leaving a small gap for the chocolate eggs to fall down.

Spread buttercream all over the top of the cake. I then left it for 1 day to harden slightly before adding a mixture of Cadbury’s Mini Eggs and Galaxy Golden Eggs. I then put a small dab of buttercream on a few eggs and placed them onto the cake to give the look of the eggs overflowing.

Tip: Don’t add the eggs more than 12 hours ahead of putting the cake out as the shells on the eggs will go soft in the buttercream. Still edible, but softer 😉

 

Coconut Chicken Curry March 19, 2017

I do love a nice hot spicy curry but now and then I just like a mild curry, if mild but still tasty is what you’re looking for, this is it.

 

Serves 4

 

Ingredients

 

4 chicken breasts, cut into mouth-sizes pieces

2 1/2 tsp mild curry powder

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

2 Tbsp coconut oil

1 medium onion, chopped

1 (14oz) tin coconut milk

2 1/2” piece fresh ginger, peeled

4 cloves garlic

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp turmeric

1 1/2 tsp coarse grain mustard

5oz spinach (I used the frozen type)

 

Method

 

Toss the chicken with curry powder, cumin, turmeric, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl.

Heat the oil in a large frying pan. Add onion and cook, stirring, until softened, about 2 minutes.

Purée coconut milk, ginger, and garlic in a blender until very smooth.

Add chicken including any excess powder from the bowl and coconut milk mixture to pan along with the mustard and cook, tossing occasionally, until chicken is cooked through and sauce has thickened, approx 10-15 minutes.

Fold spinach into chicken mixture and cook until wilted.

Serve on a bed of rice along with naan bread.

 

 

 

Chicken and Mushrooms with Dumplings March 5, 2017

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Ingredients

For the stew

 

6oz bacon, cut into 1/4” pieces

1/4 cup plain flour

2lbs chicken, I used a mix of thighs, legs & drumsticks

salt & pepper

1 1/2 lb mixed mushrooms

1 onion chopped

6 garlic cloves, chopped

1/4 cup dry white wine

3 tsp thyme

2 bay leaves

3pints chicken broth

 

For the dumplings

 

1/4tsp salt & black pepper

1 cup plain flour

2 tsp baking powder

2 eggs

1/4 cup milk

 

Method

 

Start by crisping the bacon in a pan, then transfer to paper towel.

Place flour in a shallow bowl. Season chicken with salt and pepper and dredge in flour. Working in batches, cook chicken, skin side down, in same pan used for the bacon over medium heat until deep golden brown and crisp (do not turn), 12–15 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

Working in 2 batches, cook mushrooms in same pan, seasoning with salt and pepper and stirring occasionally, until brown, 5–8 minutes. Transfer to a bowl. Add onion and garlic to pan, cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is soft and translucent, 5–8 minutes.

Add wine to pot, simmer until reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Add chicken, bacon, thyme, bay leaves, and broth, season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and gently simmer, partially covered, until chicken is falling off the bone, 2–2 1/2 hours. Add mushrooms and simmer, 10–15 minutes; season with salt and pepper.

Make the dumplings

Whisk flour, baking powder, pepper & salt in a medium bowl. Whisk in eggs and milk (batter will be slightly lumpy), if it’s too runny add a little more flour. Put spoonfuls of batter into the stew & cook for a further 10 – 15 minutes.

Serve with mashed potato

 

Cinnamon Swirl Doughnut Loaf February 27, 2017

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A sweet cakey loaf with a delicious cinnamon swirl, baked and then dipped in lots of butter and coated with cinnamon sugar.

 

Ingredients

 

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup softened butter

1 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups plain flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup buttermilk

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp treacle

For the coating

1/2 cup butter

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup dark brown sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

 

Method

 

Preheat oven to  175C/gas 4. Line a loaf tin with parchment paper.

In large bowl, mix oil, butter and sugar until well combined. Stir in eggs and vanilla until smooth. Gently stir in dry ingredients and buttermilk until uniform batter has formed. Scrape sides to ensure no lumps are present. Remove 1/2 cup prepared batter from bowl and place into a separate smaller bowl. To that small amount of batter, stir in cinnamon and treacle.

Pour half of the prepared batter into the bottom of the loaf tin. Spoon half of the cinnamon batter in small dollops over the top the batter. Pour remaining plain batter over the top. Dot the top with remaining cinnamon batter. Using a knife, swirl the two batters together. Bake 50-55 minutes or until toothpick comes out with just a few moist crumbs.

Once baked leave for 10 minutes before removing from the tin.

While the loaf is cooling prepare the coating by melting the butter in a large enough dish to take the loaf.

In a separate, large enough dish, mix the two sugars and the cinnamon.

While the loaf is still warm, dip the sides and top into the melted butter and then into the sugar/cinnamon mix, until fully coated.

This loaf is at it’s best served while still warm.

 

Valentine Cheese Hearts February 17, 2017

Filed under: Butter,Cheese,Plain Flour — dogsmum @ 5:30 pm
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Of course you can make these into cheese straws or any other shape.

 

Ingredients

 

226g strong cheddar cheese, grated

56g butter, cubed, at room temperature

1 cup plain flour

3/4 tsp salt

2 – 3 Tbsp cold water

 

Method

 

Pulse everything except water together in the food processor until the dough resembles coarse sand.

Pulse in water, 1 Tbsp at a time. Remove dough from the processor, wrap in plastic, and leave at room temperature for 20 minutes. DO NOT put in the fridge or you’ll end up with a solid block, I know, I tried it 😦

Preheat oven to 175C/gas 4.

Roll out dough and cut into desired shapes.  Please on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet & bake for about 15 – 20 minutes, or until golden brown & crispy.

 

 
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