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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.

 

 

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.

 

Sticky Orange Marmalade Cake November 30, 2016

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It’s a freezing cold morning here in Wales, so keep on baking to keep warm!

A big hello! and welcome to new followers of my blog, I hope you find something that inspires you to bake too 🙂

 

Ingredients

 

For the sponge

175g butter, softened

175g caster sugar

3 lrg eggs, at room temperature and beaten

175g self-raising flour

pinch of salt

1/2 tsp baking powder

3 Tbsp thick cut marmalade

2 Tbsp milk

 

To finish

2 Tbsp marmalade

100g icing sugar, sieved

2 Tbsp water

 

Method

 

Preheat oven to 180C/gas 4. Line the base of a 20cm cake tin and grease the sides.

Put the butter and sugar into a mixing bowl and whisk until the mixture becomes paler and fluffy.

Gradually add the eggs, beating well after each addition, add a spoonful of the flour with each addition of egg. Sift the remaining flour, salt and baking powder into the bowl and whisk again. When thoroughly combined add the marmalade and milk and stir in.

Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 55 – 60 minutes or until golden brown and firm to touch.

Run a round bladed knife around the tin to loosen the cake, then carefully remove and turn onto a wire rack (with parchment paper under the rack). Gently warm the second portion of marmalade and brush over the top of the warm cake. Leave to cool completely.

Put the sifted icing sugar into a small bowl and add the water to mix to a smooth runny mixture. Pour the icing over the cake – letting it run down the sides. Leave until completely set before cutting.

If stored in an airtight tin this cake will will keep for 5 days.

 

 

Little Blueberry Bites October 15, 2016

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Everybody loves pancakes, right? But how often do we make them? Here’s a sweet and simple excuse to make them more often.

 

Ingredients

 

1 cup plain flour

1 tsp baking powder

2 tsp sugar

1 whisked egg

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup milk

2 Tbsp melted butter

Approx 40 blueberries

 

Method

 

Before you start preparing the batter, preheat the oven to 190C/gas 5.

Mix the flour, baking powder, and sugar in a bowl.

In a separate bowl, mix the egg, vanilla, milk, and butter.

Now combine both the dry and wet ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.

Spoon your batter into a mini muffin or cake pop pan. Fill only 2/3 of the muffin mold so that the batter does not overflow.

Add two blueberries into every batter-filled mold, or however many you like! But careful not to add too many berries, otherwise your batter might be a bit mushy.

Now bake the bites for 15 minutes.

Makes approx 24 mini bites, although I had eaten a fair few before I got to take the picture. They are perfect just 5 minutes after they come out of the oven, but also good when cold.

 

Giant Sugar Cookies December 28, 2015

Giant Sugar Cookies 2

These are fun and easy to make, just make sure the kiddies don’t eat a whole one in one sitting!

 

Ingredients for the cookies

 

1 cup butter (softened)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder

 

Ingredients for the icing

 

1 1/2 cups icing sugar, sieved
4-6 teaspoons milk
3-4 teaspoons golden syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 bar (150g) white chocolate

food colouring of choice

sugar sprinkles (optional)

Makes 3 giant (teaplate size) and 8 small cookies.

 

Method

 

Combine the butter and sugar in a bowl and cream together until smooth and fluffy. Add one egg and vanilla extract. Mix well until ingredients are thoroughly incorporated. Combine baking powder and flour into a large bowl and mix well. Add this to the butter mixture. Mix with a wooden spoon until the dough is combined and crumbly. Transfer into a plastic bag and knead with your hands until it becomes a dough. Close the bag and refrigerate for 20 minutes. Preheat the oven to 175C/gas 4.

Flour your work surface and take your dough out of the refrigerator. Roll to about 1 cm thickness (1/3 inch). I cut the cookie by placing a teaplate on the dough and cut around it with a knife. Carefully place onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Make smaller cookies with the leftover dough. Bake for 15 minutes (about 8 minutes for smaller cookies). Let the cookies cool completely before icing.

To make the icing, combine icing sugar and milk (only using 4 tsp of the milk to start with. Mix well. Add syrup and mix to get the right consistency. Add vanilla extract for flavour. Pour the icing onto your cookie and spread evenly. Melt white chocolate in the microwave for 30 seconds increments being careful not to burn the chocolate. Stir until the chocolate has completely melted and smooth. Divide the melted chocolate in two and colour them with just a little food coloring. Pour the colored icing on top of the cookies (I didn’t pour mine straight away so it sort of blobbed on as it was begining to set) :-(. If desired, add sugar sprinkles on top. If you have smaller cookies, decorate them as desired.

 

 

 

 

 

Blackberry Swirl Cake October 20, 2015

Blackberry Swirl Cake

This is a lovely autumnal cake, the natural yoghurt gives it a delicate, fluffy texture.

 

Ingredients

 

125g fresh blackberries (or frozen, thawed)

250g caster sugar

150ml Greek style natural yoghurt (full fat)

6 Tbsp oil (I used olive oil)

3 eggs

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

250g plain flour

2 tsp baking powder

Flaked, toasted almonds to decorate

 

Method

 

Preheat oven to 180C/gas 4 and line a 24cm loaf tin with baking parchment.

Puree the blackberries in a processor with 50g of the sugar. Set aside.

Put the yoghurt, oil, eggs, vanilla and remaining sugar in a bowl and whisk together.

Sieve the flour, baking powder and a pinch of salt into a seperate bowl. Gently fold into the yoghurt mixture until just combined.

Pour half the mixture into the prepared tin and add spoonfuls of puree. Creat swirls with a skewer. Repeat with the rest of the mixture and puree.

Bake for 55 minutes – 1 hour until a skewer comes out clean. Top with the toasted almonds and cool on a wire rack.

 

 

 

Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake September 13, 2015

Rich Dark Chocolate Cake

Rich, soft, moist and fudgy.

After taking the photo of this I thought, it could also be covered in a lovely ganach, or maybe not, maybe that would make it too rich and chocolatey. Hmmm is there such a thing? It would also be nice if you zapped a slice of it in the microwave then topped it with ice cream and raspberries…Oh yessssssssss!

 

Ingredients

 

2/3 cup milk

1 1/2 tsp vinegar

1/2 cup honey

1/4 cup of oil, I used olive oil

1 tsp vanilla bean paste or you could use extract

1/3 cup cocoa powder

1 cup plain flour

1/2 tsp salt

3/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup chocolate chips

 

Method

 

Preheat oven to 175C/gas 4.

Line an 9” round or square baking tin.

Whisk together the first 5 ingredients, and set aside for at least 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, stir together the remaining ingredients in a separate bowl until well-mixed.

Pour wet into dry, stir just until evenly mixed, and transfer to the prepared tin.

Bake 25-30 minutes on the middle rack, or until cake is light and fluffy and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Tip: the chocolate chips can be stirred into the mixture or scattered on top.

 

 

Peanut Butter Loaf May 26, 2015

Peanut Butter Loaf

If your a peanut butter & jam/jelly lover (like me) then you’ll love this! This is best served while the loaf is still warm from the oven, spread with jam/jelly and you’ll be in heaven.

 

Ingredients

 

2 cups plain flour

1/2 cup peanut butter

2 Tbsp mashed banana

2/3 + 1/4 cup sugar, you can use white or soft brown

1 Tbsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon or mixed spice works too

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups milk

chocolate chips, chopped peanuts are optional

 

Method

 

Preheat oven to 375C/gas 5. Line a loaf tin.

Put all dry ingredients into a bowl and mix together well.

Then mix in all wet ingredients. If your peanut butter isn’t nice and soft then microwave it for 40 seconds or until soft.

Pour into the prepared loaf tin and bake for 50 minutes, if after this time it looks to be getting very brown on top then cover with kitchen foil and return to the oven for another 40 minutes. Check with a skewer that it’s cooked through and remove from the oven. Leave in the tin for ten minutes then carefully transfer to a cooling rack.

If like me you need to eat this warm, it’s best left fot half an hour before slicing, it’ll still be warm 😉

 

 

Mars Bar Cake May 17, 2015

Mars 1

Made this for my Son’s birthday yesterday.

 

You do need to make two different cakes for this to look like a Mars Bar inside.

 

Ingredients & Method for the first, chocolate cake

 

115g dark chocolate

85g butter, room temperature

175g light soft brown sugar

2 eggs

185g plain flour, sifted

3/4 tsp baking powder

3/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda

Pinch of salt

250ml milk, room temperature

1 tsp vanilla extract

 

Preheat oven to 190C/gas 5 and line a loaf tin.

Break the chocolate into a glass bowl and melt over a saucepan of hot water.

Cream the butter and sugar until it’s pale and smooth.

Add one egg at a time, beating for a minute after each addition.

Add the melted chocolate to the mixture and beat well.

Combine the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda in a separate bowl.

Put the milk in a jug and add the vanilla extract to it.

Add one-third of the flour to the batter mixture and beat well. Pour in one-third of the milk and beat again. Repeat this until all the flour and milk have been added.

Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for approx 60 minutes, check after 45 minutes and if it looks as if its going to burn before baking through cover loosely with kitchen foil.

Once cooked through leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

 

Ingredients & Method for the second, caramel cake

 

110 butter, room temperature

120g light soft brown sugar

120g dark soft brown sugar

2 eggs

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

125g self raising flour

120g plain flour

75 ml caramel sauce, I use shop bought

50ml double cream

 

Preheat oven to 160C/gas 4 and line a loaf tin.

Beat together the butter and sugars until pale and smooth.

Add the eggs, one at a time beating for a minute after each addition, add the vanilla extract.

Combine the flours in a separate bowl.

Add one-third of the flours to the creamed mixture ans beat until just combined.

Add the caramel sauce and beat well.

Add another third of the flours and beat until just combined.

Add the double cream and beat again.

Add the remaining flour and beat well.

Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for approx 60 minutes, check after 45 minutes and if it looks as if its going to burn before baking through cover loosely with kitchen foil.

Once cooked through leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

 

Ingredients needed for filling & decoration

 

Caramel Buttercream Ingredients & Method

 

60g butter, room temperature

6 Tbsp milk, room temperature

220g light brown soft sugar

240g icing sugar, sifted

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

 

Place the butter, milk and brown sugar in a saucepan over a high heat and stir to combine. Bring to the boil, stirring continuously, and allow it to boil for 1 minute.

Remove from the heat and stir in half the icing sugar. Leave to cool slightlyy, then add the remainder of the icing sugar and vanilla extract and stir until it thickens.

 

Caramel sauce, again I used shop bought

1 Tbsp apricot jam, melted

1 square chocolate, melted

Chocolate fondant, I used a ready to roll one made by Renshaws

2 large Mars Bars

 

Once both cakes have cooled completely, cut the top off the cakes as we need them to be flat but at the same time try to make sure you have the same thickness of both the chocolate and caramel cake to use.

Place the chocolate cake on a cake board and spread with caramel buttercream.

Spread caramel sauce on the caramel cake and sandwich the two cakes together.

Brush the melted jam all over the cake, then cover with the chocolate fondant.

Chop the Mars Bars into small pieces and attach to the top of the cake with a little melted chocolate.

 

 

 

 

Funnel Cakes May 6, 2015

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I’d never heard of these before I accidently came across a recipe for them last week. So I had to find out something about them, this is what I found….Funnel cake is a regional food popular in North America at carnivals, fairs, sporting events, and seaside resorts. You can make them in 2 minutes & they are so good!

 

Ingredients

 

2 eggs

1 cup milk

2 cups plain flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

icing sugar (for sprinkling on top)

oil, for frying

 

Method

 

In a  large frying pan, pour oil to a depth of about inch. Place over medium high heat to preheat while you make the batter.

Put eggs, sugar, milk, flour, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until well blended and smooth.

Test your oil is hot enough by dropping in a small drop of batter, if it sizzles it’s hot & you can turn it down to medium.

Using a funnel, hold your finger over the opening and add ½ cup of batter. Hold this over the hot oil and remove your finger, moving your hand over the oil in a zig zag or swirling pattern but making sure to criss cross over the batter multiple times in order to have cake connect. Continue until funnel is empty and then allow cake to cook until lightly browned on the bottom, about 1 minute. Carefully flip cake over and cook on the other side as well.

Once done, remove to paper towel lined plate and sprinkle top with icing sugar. Repeat process until all funnel cakes are fried, placing each finished cake onto it’s own paper towel lined plate.

Makes 4 – 5

You could also make lots of smaller ones.

I tried one with icing sugar sprinkled on it, one with strawberry sauce poured over it & (not pictured) one with fudge sauce. I now need to go on a diet! I have yet to try one with honey.

If your still not sure, YouTube it 😉

Let me know what you put on yours 🙂

 

 
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