ALL · Cakes and Biscuits · Desserts

Pear, Hazelnut & Chocolate Crumble Cake

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Oh yum……Pears are in season at the moment so I wanted to try a different dessert with them, this was so delicious and the texture was crunchy too.

 

Makes 8 servings (or 6 big ones…lol)

100g chopped hazelnuts

140g self raising flour

175g butter cut into small chunks

70g Caster sugar

80g dark brown sugar (10g from sprinkling)

2 large eggs

4 small pears – peeled, cored and diced

50g dark chocolate, chopped into small pieces

 

  1. Preheat oven on convection bake to 160 deg and line and grease a springform cake tin
  2. Add the flour & hazelnuts to a bowl and mix, add the butter and pulse until it forms bread like crumbs                                                                          20191101_132417
  3. Add the sugar, eggs and mix
  4. Add in 3 of the pears and chocolate and mix lightly until combined, Spoon mix into the cake tin and smooth out.
  5. Sprinkle the other pear pieces on top and press down lightly, sprinkle the remaining 10g brown sugar on top and bake for 50-60 minutes.
  6. Cool in the tin then transfer to a wire rack.
  7. Serve with some lovely whipped cream or ice cream.

 

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ALL · Cakes and Biscuits · Desserts

Pumpkin Cupcakes

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I had some pumpkin left after making my pumpkin soup recipe tonight so I decided to give pumpkin cupcakes a go.  Yummy!

 

Makes 12

160g Plain Flour

1 teaspoon allspice

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon salt

250g grated pumpkin

100g Light Brown sugar

60g caster sugar

75ml olive oil

2 large eggs

For the buttercream icing:

75g of softened butter
250g icing sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 tsp vanilla essence
Orange food colouring

  1. Preheat oven to 190 deg and line a muffin tin with cupcake cases.
  2. Combine the flour, allspice, baking powder, cinnamon, bicarbonate of soda, nutmeg and salt in a large bowl
  3. Whisk together the grated pumpkin, sugar, olive oil and eggs in another bowl      20191021_193025
  4. Pour the whisked mixture over the dry ingredients and stir using a spatula, until fully mixed
  5. Dollop a spoonful of batter evenly into each baking cup in the cupcake tray until the batter runs out. Place the tray into the hot oven and bake for 18 minutes, remove and allow to cool.
  6. Meanwhile make the buttercream, add the butter to a bowl and beat with an electric mixer until light and peaky
  7. Sieve the icing sugar to remove any lumps, then add a little at a time to the butter while whisking continually, until all the icing sugar has been added. If the mixture begins to become too thick, add the milk a teaspoon at a time to loosen it up until the desired texture has been reached, add in the vanilla essence and food colouring and mix until combined.                                                                              20191021_200405
  8. Decant the buttercream into a piping bag and pipe into the cupcakes once cooled.
  9. Devour!

 

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ALL · Cakes and Biscuits · Desserts

Halloween Swiss Roll

 

I used my original swiss roll recipe for this and just changed the colours and filling.

For the orange and black one I piped circles onto the baking sheet like a chequered board and then dragged a toothpick through the two colours to create the pattern.

The other was just strips of colours.

The chocolate orange filling was chocolate Whipped Cream frosting with orange juice & zest through.

120g whipping cream

100g powdered sugar

75 g cocoa powder

1 tsp vanilla essence

1 orange zested and juiced.

 

They do create a lovely bright addition to your halloween table.

 

ALL · Cakes and Biscuits · Scottish Cuisine

Chocolate Coffee Cake with Salted Caramel Drizzle

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Oh yummy! We fancied a wee coffee n cake afternoon since we were having a lazy one. I recently visited the Coffee Festival in Edinburgh and discovered loads of amazing coffee roasters and new flavours, one of them was a new Cold Brew infused with CBD made by Hamilton Street Cold Brew, if you want to feel motivated, uplifting but with a little bit of calm in your day then you have to try this. I also picked up some amazing Chocolate by chocolate tree in Edinburgh, Artisan chocolates and organic chocolate are just some of their creations.

 

Makes 6 Servings

For Cake mix:-

110g unsalted butter, softened

110g self raising flour

110g Caster Sugar

2 eggs

50ml CBD Cold brew (if not using add milk)

50g Cocoa powder

2 tbsp boiling water

For the whipped cream filling:-

100ml whipping cream

50g Icing Sugar

1 tbsp cocoa powder

1 tsp vanilla essence

For the drizzle:-

1/2 bar of Salted Caramel Chocolate – melted

 

  1. Pre heat oven to 170 deg and grease a cake tin (I used a mini finger loaf tin)
  2. In a bowl combine, butter, flour, sugar, eggs, cocoa powder, cold brew and water and mix until combined together. Divide into cake tin and bake for about 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile in a separate bowl beat all the whipped cream ingredients together with an electric mixer on high speed until stiff. (Tip: Chill your bowl in the fridge before hand)                                                                                                                             20191012_124018
  4. Remove cakes from oven and allow to cool on a wire rack, once cooled slice in half and spread on the whipped cream mixture.
  5. Melt chocolate on lowest setting on Induction hob (or over boiling water in a bowl), and drizzle as much as you like over the cakes. Allow chocolate to harden before serving.                                                                                                              20191012_111548

 

 

 

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ALL · Cakes and Biscuits

Chocolate & Almond Marble Bundt Cake

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Oh yummy! I fancied something a little naughty with my coffee this weekend so thought I’d try out my new Bundt cake tin. It was supposed to be marbled, however, I think I put to much chocolate into the mixture and swirled it too many times…….lol! The flavour was fantastic though.

A Bundt cake  is a cake that is baked in a Bundt pan, shaping it into a distinctive ring shape. The shape is inspired by a traditional European cake known as Kugelhupf, but Bundt cakes are not generally associated with any single recipe. The style of mould in North America was popularised in the 1950s and 1960s, after cookware manufacturer Nordic Ware trademarked the name “Bundt” and began producing Bundt pans from cast aluminium. Publicity from Pillsbury saw the cakes gain widespread popularity.

 

Ingredients for 1 Bundt tin

180g softened butter

225g caster sugar

3/4 tsp almond extract

2 tsp baking powder

180 g plain flour

75g ground almonds

3 large eggs

2 tbsp milk

3 tbsp cocoa powder with 3 tbsp water – mix to a paste

100g dark chocolate chips

Icing sugar to decorate

 

  1. Pre heat your oven to 180 deg or if you have a cake setting, set to Marble Cake setting. Brush the Cake tin with melted butter, ensure it is thoroughly covered.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy, stir in the almond extract.  20190830_183238
  3. Mix together the flour, baking powder and ground almonds together. Beat in the eggs one at a time to the butter mixture with 2 tbsp of the flour mixture, repeat until all eggs have been added then fold in the remaining flour mix.
  4. Stir in the milk and mix, then spoon 1/2 of the batter into a separate bowl and mix in the cocoa paste into 1 and the chocolate chips into the other.            20190830_184820
  5. Add spoonfuls of each batter alternately to the cake tin and drag a handle of a spoon through the mixture to create the marble effect, do not over do this.        20190830_185255
  6. Bake in the oven for about 40-50 minutes until a knife comes out clean
  7. Let it cool for about 10 minutes in the tin before turning out. Once cooled, sprinkle with icing sugar and serve. Yummy!

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ALL · Cakes and Biscuits · Desserts · Pastries and Pies

Hazelnut Chocolate Tart

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I was watching James Martin on Saturday morning and he made a raspberry chocolate tart, we sat there dying to try a bit. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any raspberries so a hazelnut version it was.

I decided to do a hazelnut nut pastry just to add extra flavour.

 

For the Pastry:-

125g Plain Flour

50g Icing Sugar

50g Crushed Toasted Hazelnuts (plus 10g for decoration)

Pinch of salt

80g Butter, cold, diced

1 egg yolk

 

For the Filling:-

300ml Double Cream

125ml Whole Milk

200g Dark Chocolate or Milk Chocolate with at least 40% cocoa solids

2 eggs

50g golden caster sugar

pinch salt

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

 

 

  1. To make the pastry, sift the flour and icing sugar into a food processor, add the hazelnuts and blitz together. Add the butter and pulse briefly until mixture looks like breadcrumbs, don’t overmix. Add the egg yolk and pulse until dough comes together. Shape dough into a flat disc, wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
  2. Roll the dough out onto a floured surface. Using a loose bottomed tart tin, grease tin then line the tart tin with the pastry pressing into all corners. Trim any loose pastry. Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 160 deg. Prick the bottom of the pastry and line with greaseproof paper and baking beans. Bake for 25 minutes, remove the baking paper and beans and return to the oven for a further 10 minutes.
  4. Remove and trim the edges in line with the tart tin.
  5. Meanwhile, to make the filling, place milk & cream into a pan and bring to just below boiling point, do not boil. Take of heat and stir in the chocolate to melt.
  6. In a large bowl whisk together the eggs, sugar, salt and vanilla. Gradually whisk in the chocolate mix, whisking constantly.                                                        20190803_190241
  7. Pour the mixture into the pastry case and bake on a wire rack in the oven for about 25 minutes until the filling has a slight wobble. Remove and sprinkle with chopped hazelnuts. Allow to cool in the tin before removing.                                          20190803_190518
  8. Slice to serve. Yummy!

 

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ALL · Cakes and Biscuits · Desserts · Snacks and nibbles

Orange strip meringues

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I had some egg white left over from a recipe that only required an egg yolk, so I decided to try patterns on meringues, turned out o.k. I thought. I’m know dying to try more patterns and colours……watch this space.

 

You can get my original meringue recipe here, all I done was draw lines inside a piping bag with orange food colouring and then filled the bag and piped, quite simple actually but creates a great visual pleasure.

 

 

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