I wanted to make my mum a birthday cake for her birthday, I think this is a very easy recipe to follow i really enjoyed making it and the end result is pictured below. Here is my Recipe and How I made it!
You Will Need:
8 oz Self Raising Flour,
8oz Butter Cut into cubes
8oz Caster Sugar
4 medium eggs
1 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
Cream together the Butter and Sugar till light and fluffy, add in the vanilla extract Gradually add the flour and last but not least add the eggs. split into two 9 inch cake tins and bake at 180C for approximately 15mins or until they look risen and if you put a skewer into the middle it should come out clean. Turn out onto a baking tray and leave to cool
Then you Will Need:
Jam, Pre rolled icing and a ribbon if desired
cover one half of the cake in jam and sandwich the other on top you may also add some butter cream (icing sugar vanilla essence and butter) then sandwich the two cakes together. Roll out enough icing to cover the cake and transfer it onto the cake make sure theres no holes.
You may make some royal icing to pipe a message onto the cake or some trims like i did. for that just add 2 egg whites with enough icing sugar to form a stiff pipeable paste
Voila a nice easy birthday cake in less than an hour 😛
After discussing Cake with a friend she told me she wanted live fish to be incorporated into her wedding cake. So i went on the hunt to find out what kind of products were already out there and how creative people were with wedding cakes.
So what are your views on fish incorporated as part of a wedding cake is it right or wrong and would you have it at your wedding?
for the Choux Buns you will need :
250ml cold water
1 tsp sugar
150g/5oz plain flour
cold water in a medium-sized saucepan together with butter, cut into small pieces, then place the saucepan over a moderate heat stir with a wooden spoon. As soon as the butter has melted and the mixture comes up to the boil, turn off the heat tip the flour in – all in one go – with one hand, while you beat the mixture vigorously with the other.Beat until you have a smooth paste that has come away from the sides of the saucepan clean –
beat eggs well, then beat them into the mixture – a little at a time, mixing each addition in thoroughly before adding the next. pipe onto a lightly greased baking tray in a circle and cook in a pre heated oven gas mark 6, 400°F (200°C) – for 10 minutes. After that, increase the heat to gas mark 7,(220°C), and bake for a further 15-20 minutes until the buns are crisp, light and a rich golden colour.
for the filling mix fresh cream with a teaspoon of icing sugar and pipe a little into the buns by making a small hole from the bottom.
For the chocolate Sauce :
150g caster sugar
80g plain chocolate, chopped
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 large egg yolks, beaten
3 tablespoons cornflour (optional)
3 tablespoons water
saucepan over medium heat, melt the chocolate with the milk, sugar and vanilla. Stir to melt the chocolate completely, and allow to gently simmer leave to cool then add eggs stirring continuously to stop curdling Place back over medium heat. Allow to thicken over medium heat, for about 4 minutes, stirring frequently. 5.Only if the custard needs further thickening (it might not!), make a slurry with the cornflour and water, then slowly stir into the hot custard. Cook for a further 2 minutes over medium heat until thickened as desired.
Made some Chocolate Truffles with the Children last night http://eatscotland.visitscotland.com/content/3744191/mark-greenaway-truffles its a Mark Greenaway recipe. Here is the recipe i used the kids they had a lot of fun with these and they would make fabulous christmas pressies wrapped up in small bags. please do try this recipe with your kids if you have time and they look and taste amazing!! very moreish
Went to the Foodies Festival , I must say what a terrific day out it was and how impressed I was with some of the fresh local produce thats available right on our doorstep. One Company that really stood out for me was a company called Trotters Independant Condiments. they are a company based in Upper Largo Fife and regularly attend the various farmers markets throughout the kingdom of fife! the product that really had me interested was the Hot Pepper Jelly, you can use it in all sorts of things and you will even find a recipe for Hot Pepper Chocolate Cake Here http://trottersindependent.co.uk/Condiments/Recipe_ideas/Entries/2010/3/17_Hot_Pepper_Chocolate_Cake.html interesting and its on my to do list.
Another thing which i really loved doing was the Christmas Wine Tasting with the lovely Charles Metcalfe, I had a chat with this man after the wine tasting and he has written two books and is a very experienced wine critic. I really learnt a lot at this class.
We tried a Jim barry Lodge Hill Riesling 2011,Clare Valley, South Australian wine first it was paired with some Thai prawns, Second wine was a De Bertoli wines Windy peak Chardonnay 2010, from Victoria and it was paired with some smoked salmon.
the 3rd wine was Stella Bella Cabernet Merlot 2008 , Margaret River, Western Australia and was paired with somesmoked ham.
the 4th wine i personally did not enjoy it was Yalumba the scribbler 2009 Barossa Valley, South Australian wine and itwas paired with Turkey
the 5th wine was Peter Lehman Botrytis semillon 2009 Barossa valley south australia and was paired with a strawberry pavlova
and last but not least the last wine was Tempus two moscato 2011 Riverland, South australia it was simply divine the way the bubbles popped as you drank it. and it was paired with some christmas pudding! i never knew there was so much to learn about wines and i truly enjoyed it. his website is http://www.charlesmetcalfe.com
The highlight of my Day was Watching Mark Greenaway cook. i will add his recipe at a later date we also saw Carina Contini But i wasnt impressed with her she made a Pumpkin Risotto and she blew her nose with a tissue and didn’t wash her hands then started to cook food which the public then ate. I asked her about this and she said there wasnt hand washing facilities but Mark Greenaway demonstrated in the Same room earlier that day and managed to clean his chocolate covered hands.
makes you wonder sometimes.
That is enough for today i shall write some more tomorrow maybe
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