ALL · Cakes and Biscuits · Desserts

Chocolate & Walnut Cake

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OMG, this was so yummy! We had a soup ‘n’ pudding kinda day and this is what I decided to try.

Serves about 8

110g plain flour

2 tbsp cocoa powder

110g golden caster sugar

50ml olive oil

50ml walnut oil

55g dark chocolate, chopped

55g chopped walnuts

2 large eggs

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla extract

pinch of salt

100g melted chocolate for topping

30g chopped walnuts for topping

 

  1. Preheat oven to fan 170 deg. Grease a baking tin (approx 12″)
  2. Blitz the walnuts until fine. Transfer to a bowl and add in the sift flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt then mix.
  3. Add in the caster sugar, oils, chopped chocolate, eggs and vanilla extract and mix until well blended.
  4. Spoon the batter mix into the baking tin and bake for approx 25 minutes.
  5. Remove and cool on a wire rack.
  6. Melt the chocolate in a microwave and spoon on top of the cake, crumble the remaining walnuts on top. Serve. Yummy!

 

ALL · Cakes and Biscuits · Pastries and Pies

Choux Bun Doughnuts

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.

 

Makes 4

115g Strong Flour

4 tbsp milk

80ml water

Pinch of salt

Pinch of caster sugar

55g unsalted butter

3 medium eggs

Filling

300ml double cream

100g icing sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract (or any other flavouring you wish)

100g Chocolate (if using on top)

 

  1. Preheat your oven to 200 deg.
  2. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and flour
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.                                                    20180527_122131
  6. Spoon the dough into a piping bag with a star nozzle and pipe 4 rings, approx 4 inch diameter onto the baking tray.                                                                                          20180527_122731
  7. 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.       20180527_125438
  8. 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.
  9. 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.

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ALL · Cakes and Biscuits

Sicilian Lemon Cupcakes with a Gooey Centre

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Oh WOW…….these are amazing, if you like all things lemony and fresh then this is the little cupcake for you.

I had a jar of Sicilian Lemon Curd to be used up so thought I;d try some little cupcakes. Yummy….Yummy! Perfect with an afternoon cuppa.

 

Makes 12

1 Cup of Cream – I used the double light cream (healthier option…lol)

1 cup of caster sugar

2 eggs – beaten

1 1/2 cup of self raising flour

1 Lemon – grated rind and juice

250g cream cheese

125g salted butter

grated rind and juice of 1/2 lemon

250g Icing Sugar – you may need more or less.

 

  1. Preheat you oven to 180 deg
  2. Put cream, caster sugar and eggs into a large mixing bowl and whisk until smooth.   20170719_130211_001
  3. Grate the lemon rind into the bowl.                   20170719_130400
  4. Sift in the flour and whisk until batter is thick and smooth.
  5. Divide the mixture into your cup cases and bake for approx 15-20 minutes.

6. Allow cupcakes to cool slightly. Then taking a small teaspoon or knife dig some holes into the centre, not too big or too small. Then gently fill the holes with the lemon curd.

7. To make the buttercream:- Add the cream cheese, icing sugar, butter, rind and juice of 1/2 lemon into your mixing bowl and whisk until light and airy.

8. Add into a piping bag and pipe on top of your cupcakes covering the hole. To finish sprinkle some lemon rind on top.

Enjoy!

 

 

ALL · Hotpoint Oven & Combi Oven Recipes

So Excited – New Oven!

I was so excited yesterday, got my new Hotpoint oven and Combi microwave fitted. It looks absolutely brilliant, the new black glass design is very stylish and minimalistic looking, perfect in my kitchen. Hotpoint Award winning oven range

You guessed it………I got to work straight away on baking a cake, the oven has automatic recipe settings where you select the type of food and the oven works out the time, temperature and cooking method by sensing……….genius.  My cake came out perfect……check out my recipe here. Sticky Ginger Cake