We have had a rather wet weekend here in Cumbernauld, Glasgow, so nothing better than getting in the kitchen and baking! Wanting to carry on with the summer, I decided that we were going to have an indoors picnic. I’ve been wanting to try this recipe from Jamie Oliver for a while now so today was that day. It was absolutely delicious, so refreshing and light, perfect for my picnic.
250g unsalted butter at room temperature
250g Golden caster sugar + 4 tbsp for syrup
4 large eggs
275g self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
50g poppy seeds
- Preheat the oven to 180 deg. Grease a 23cm cake tin and line bottom with greaseproof paper.
- Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs in 1 at a time, mixing thoroughly before adding each one.
- Grate in the zest of 2 lemons then squeeze in the juice and combine.
- Sift in the flour and baking powder and fold gently until combined.
- Add in the milk and poppy seeds and mix through.
- Pour mixture into the cake tin and bake in the oven for about 45 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean.
- Leave in the tin for 5 minutes then remove and place on a wire rack to cool.
- Meanwhile, slice very finely the other 2 lemons.
- Put 4 tbsps water and 4 tbsp caster sugar into a pan, add the lemons and heat gently on a medium to low heat for about 15 minutes or until the lemons are translucent and you have a lovely syrup.
- Spoon the syrup over the top of the cake and serve.
Having loads of bananas left, I decided on my favourite Banana Bread Recipe . This time I tried my Automatic settings on my oven, and it baked perfectly. I do love new technology.
These Automatic Recipes are a full proof way of cooking if your not sure, I love them and I’ve learned to experiment with recipes I might not have done before.
Looking for something nice to have with a coffee this afternoon, I decided to have a go at Choux Pastry again. The first time I tried they didn’t puff up, so I was so pleased when these came out lovely and airy. Thought I would try doughnut shape instead of the traditional way. Very tricky to eat this way but then again I did make extra large man size ones……lol! They were absolutely delicious. Perfect for our afternoon coffee.
115g Strong Flour
4 tbsp milk
Pinch of salt
Pinch of caster sugar
55g unsalted butter
3 medium eggs
300ml double cream
100g icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract (or any other flavouring you wish)
100g Chocolate (if using on top)
- Preheat your oven to 200 deg.
- Line a baking tray with parchment paper and flour
- Put the water, milk, salt, sugar and butter into a pan and bring to the boil on a medium heat until the butter is melted.
- Remove from the heat and sieve in the flour and beat vigorously until it forms a dough then cook on a very low heat for 5 minutes.
- Leave to cool slightly. Beat the eggs then add in little at a time beating well between each egg. You want a smooth glossy finished dough.
- Spoon the dough into a piping bag with a star nozzle and pipe 4 rings, approx 4 inch diameter onto the baking tray.
- Bake for 15 minutes at 200 deg then turn down to 170 deg for 10 minutes or until they have risen well and golden brown. Remove and allow to cool on a wire rack.
- Meanwhile, pour the cream and vanilla into a bowl and whisk until just slightly thickened, then add the icing sugar and continue to whisk until desired thickness. Spoon into a piping bag with the star nozzle.
- Cut the cooked Choux in half and pipe the cream into the middle then place the top on. Dust with some icing sugar. If using chocolate, melt chocolate in a microwave for 2 minutes then spoon on top and refrigerate to harden (about 10 minutes). Serve.
I found this lovely little pot of Tutti Frutti Jam from The Artisan kitchen recently, so nothing better on a bank holiday weekend than to make a Victoria Sponge for afternoon coffee. The Flavours of this jam were absolutely delightful, APPLES, STRAWBERRIES, RASPBERRIES, BLACKCURRANTS, LEMON JUICE and ORANGE OIL………so fruity!
Basic Victoria Sponge:-
200g unsalted butter, softened
200g golden caster sugar
4 medium eggs
200g self raising flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
250ml double cream, whipped
1 vanilla pod
- Preheat oven to 170 deg. Grease 2 cake tins approx 20cm each.
- Cream the butter, sugar and vanilla together in a mixer
- Slowly beat in the eggs, 1 at a time.
- Gently fold in the flour, keeping as much air as possible. Don’t over mix.
- Divide the mixture between the cake tins evenly and bake for about 20 minutes or until a knife comes out clear. Allow to cool.
- Whisk the cream with the vanilla until you get stiff peaks.
- Spread the jam on top of one of the cakes then spread over the cream, sandwich with the other cake and sieve some icing sugar over the top. Serve! Yummy!
When life gives you snowy days…………..JUST BAKE!……….Coffee and Cake can never go wrong in my house, especially on a snowy day. I used my sponge recipe from my pistachio cupcakes, and I just omitted the pistachios. I baked half with chocolate chips inside and the other half I used some Unicorn Chips (coloured white chocolate chips). I then decided to use what I had in my cupboards with regards to decoration and went a bit creative……lol! Think the boredom was getting to me……lol.
This is definitely my best cupcake mixture to date, always light and fluffy and full of flavour.
O.M.G!! What can I say………….this little creation is my best yet……absolutely delicious! 10/10 my boyfriend said….lol!
I just love a relaxing saturday afternoon baking, while my boyfriend was watching the Rugby I was listening to my favourite tunes by Imagine Dragons and creating some little afternoon delights.
140g Golden Caster Sugar
140g Self Raising Flour
5 tbsp milk
100g milk or dark chocolate drops (whichever you prefer)
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 tsp almond extract
250g icing sugar
Green food colouring
- Preheat oven to 160 deg.
- Line a Muffin tin with cases.
- Blitz the pistachios in a blender under finely chopped. (keep a little back for decoration)
- Mix flour, sugar, butter, eggs, milk, vanilla essence, almond extract and pistachios in an electric mixer until well blended and smooth.
- Divide the mixture between the cases and then push some chocolate chips into each one.
- Bake in the oven for about 23-25 minutes or until a knife comes out clean. Leave to cool on a rack after.
- Meanwhile, sift the icing sugar into a bowl and add 1 tbsp at a time of water until you get a thick but still slightly running texture. Then drop 1 or 2 drops of food colour into icing to make a pale green colour.
- Melt some chocolate in the microwave for the decoration. About 1 minute – 1m30secs.
- When cakes are cool, top with the icing, then left over pistachios and drizzle with the chocolate. Refrigerate for about 1/2 hr to harden.
- Then just devour! Oh so Yummy!
I first saw this recipe on Pumpernickelandrye, they looked far too good not to give them a try…………………oh and how I was right, they were delicious, light and very moreish. A very simple recipe that packs flavour and satisfaction. Perfect with a cuppa. (or as my boyfriend says ‘perfect on their own too!’ lol!)
They are more like a biscuit or cookie with a little crunch.
80g Granulated Sugar
3 tbsp plain flour
1/4 tsp salt
200g shredded coconut
3 egg whites
1 tsp almond extract
100g chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 160 deg.
- In a bowl mix sugar, flour and salt together then add the coconut.
- In a separate bowl whisk together the egg whites and almond extract until foamy but not too stiff.
- Pour the egg mixture into the dry mixture and combine until moist.
- Lay parchment paper onto a baking sheet and take 1 heaped tbsp of the mixture and place onto sheet.
- Bake in oven for about 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, melt the chocolate drops in a microwave dish for about 30 seconds intervals until melted.
- Once macaroons have baked and cooled completely, dip each one into the chocolate to cover base and set aside. I lay back on tray upside down.
- Place the macaroons in the fridge for about 10-15 minutes to allow to chocolate to harden. Once hardened, remove and you can then drizzle more chocolate over the top of the bakes (if you have any left, I only had enough for 2……maybe 150g chocolate drops would be enough to do this.) Allow to harden in fridge.
- Serve with a lovely cuppa. Oh so Yummy!