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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.

 

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Cherry and Almond slices December 28, 2012

Cherry & Almond

 

These are lovely and light after indulging over Christmas.

 

Ingredients

 

85g/3oz butter, softened

70g/2 1/2 oz caster sugar

1 egg

1 egg yolk

70g/2 1/2 oz self raising flour

1/2 tsp almond extract

55g/2 oz glace cherries, roughly chopped

2 Tbsp flaked almonds

 

Pre heat oven to 180C/gas 4. Grease and then line the bottom of a 9”/23cm square baking tin.

Put the butter, sugar, egg, egg yolk, flour, almond extract andground almonds in a bowl and beat together with an electric hand whisk until smooth and creamy. Stir in the cherries.

Pour into prepared tin and level with the back of a spoon. Scatter the flaked almonds over the cake mixture.

Bake in the centre of the oven for 20 – 25 minutes, until risen slightly and is firm to the touch. Leave in the tin for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completly. Cut into slices.

This recipe makes 8 slices. But you can always do as I do and double it if you need more.

 

Divinity Cookies December 18, 2012

Divinity 2

These are just delicious.

Made in the microwave, so no need to worry about boiling and candy thermometers. Although you do still need to be VERY careful not to splash yourself with the melted sugar mixture!

 

Ingredients

 

2 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup golden syrup
1/4 tsp salt
2 egg whites
1 1/2 tsp vanilla or almond extract (I used almond)
glace cherries, or nuts if preffered

 

Method

 

Mix together sugar, water, syrup and salt in an oven proof 2 qt. casserole dish, or similar.

Loosely cover with a lid or cling film. Microwave on High (100%) for 6 minutes.
Uncover. Microwave on High for another 9 minutes.
While syrup is cooking the last 9 minutes, beat egg whites on high until stiff.

Slowly pour hot syrup over egg whites while beating at high speed of mixer. Add extract  and continue beating on high for another 4 to 5 minutes until mixture holds its shape.

Quickly drop teaspoons of candy onto waxed paper and top with half a glace cherry. Leave to cool.

 

Scary Monster Cookie Sticks October 23, 2012

 

If you have kiddies in the house, they’ll love to help with making these.

 

Ingredients for the cookie dough

 

8oz butter, softened
1 cup icing sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
(can add 1 1/2 tsp almond extract here.)
2 1/2 cups plain flour
1/2 tsp salt

Cream butter and sugar. Add egg and blend well. Add extracts and blend. Mix flour and salt and gradually add. Cover dough with cling film and chill dough for about 2 hours. Don’t skip this. You must chill the dough. Working with about 1/3 of the batch at a time, briefly knead the chilled dough and roll about 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch thick.  Cut out shapes. Bake cookies on parchment paper-lined baking trays at 190C/gas mark 5 for 12-14 minutes. Thicker cookies may need up to 20 minutes. Just watch for edges that are nicely golden.  Leave to cool on a wire rack.

 

Ingredients for Royal Icing

 

2 egg whites

500g icing sugar

1 Tbsp lemon juice

Beat the egg whites lightly and add the lemon juice. Add the icing sugar, a few tablespoons at a time, beating well after each addition. You want a nice thick consistency as you need to pipe it.
Put an amount if the icing into four different bowls and add a different colour to each, mixing well. Decorate your sticks with whatever pattern’s you like, dots, squiggles, swirls, then add the eye’s. Put a small dot of icing where you want the eye’s then push on either Mini Smarties or coloured sugar balls.

 

 

Coconut Cupcakes with Pink Vanilla Buttercream August 19, 2012

If coconut is your thing, these are going to be your ideal cupcake. Filled with coconut, topped with a delicate pink icing..a sweet treat in cupcake form.

 

Ingredients

 

110g butter, at room temperature

180g caster sugar

2 large eggs, at room temperature

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp almond extract (optional)

125g self raising flour, sifted

120g plain flour, sifted

125ml coconut milk

25g sweetened desiccated coconut

 

To decorate

 

1 batch of Vanilla Buttercream Icing, coloured pale pink

Tbsp desiccated coconut

 

Method

 

Preheat oven to 180C/gas mark 4 and line a 12 hole muffin tray with paper cupcases.

In a large bowl cream the butter and sugar until pale and smooth. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing for a few minutes after each addition and adding the vanilla and almond extract at the end.

Combine the two flours in a separate bowl. Add one-third of the flours to the creamed mixture and beat well. Pour in one-third of the coconut milk and beat again. Repeat these steps until all the flour and milk have been added. Fold in the desiccated coconut with a metal spoon.

Carefully spoon the mixture into the cupcake cases, filling them to about two-thirds full. Bake for about 25 minutes until slightly raised and golden brown.

Remove from the oven and leave in the tins for about 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Once they are completely cool, ice with the pink-tinted vanilla buttercream and sprinkle with desiccated coconut.

 

 
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