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?
We Went to Bella Italia Dunfermline for dinner on Tuesday the 19th March 2013 around 7pm ish. The first thing i would like to mention is it was quite busy with a really relaxed and calm atmosphere and it had a nice ambience about it.
Our server for the evening was called Craig.
The walls were decorated with mirrors and nick nacks but in a tasteful way the seating was all dark wood and every table had a candle on them
For Starters we ordered a Garlic and Mozarella pizza bread and it came out quickly and efficiently and tasted very nice. For main course i Had Spaghetti alla Carbonara and my friend had an Americano burger, The Carbonara came out with way too much parsley o ntop but as i started to remove it our server Craig asked if i wanted the kitchen to remove it or make me a fresh one i said no it was alright and he asked if i would like parmesan and Black pepper
I had parmesan but no black pepper. I just ordered some diet coke to drink which was served with a slice of fresh lemon. My friend had a Gaelic Coffee,
The Carbonara was to die for the pasta was perfectly cooked and the sauce tasted amazing. I asked my Friend what he though of his dinner it was very well presented on a board with chips in a little white bowl very Rustic and pretty looking. After main courses we had Puddings to share we choose Cookie Dough, Honeycomb ice-cream , and 2 small mini desserts these were a Chocolate torte and a cheesecake with a strawberry on the top they were very well presented and were absolutely divine.
I then mentioned to Craig that i thought the girl who came for our drinks order was a bit stand offish and rude and he told me he was the Assistant manager and apologized. I also went and had a word with the chef as she wasnt very confident but i went to reassure her her name was Laura and she has talent to run the kitchen on her own at a young age.
All in all i was really pleased with the experience and the attention to detail from Craig was wonderful i would recommend here and for a Chain restaurant certainly worth a visit and one of the better ones i have been to. I look forward to dinning there in the future
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.
I dont know how many of you saw the news and the fact that tesco were selling beefburgers that contained quite a high volume of horsemeat. Now I for one am very careful about what goes into a lot of products and what i eat the fact of the matter is if it had been labelled properly then it would have been acceptable and given the Consumer the right to choose. how many people would buy these if correctly labelled?? i can be emailed at email@example.com I would not knowingly eat horsemeat as i was brought up with horses and think it is morally wrong most people wouldnt eat their best friend ie a Cat or a Dog ( although in some countries they are bred for meat) why is a horse different?
however what was the horsemeat doing in beefburgers in the first place. The factory does not use horsemeat or deal in it so how it ended up being there is seriously worrying. I think serious questions need to be asked to Tesco and why this was allowed to happen. Also Hygiene standards and cleanliness too.
People from different religions ie muslim also found pork in products labelled Beef so in a way there is a lot of cheating going on i think this is important and if tesco would like to answer my questions ill publish them that is all for now on this subject! also the scandal in the Daily Mail tesco making ill timed tweets and jokes http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2264394/Horse-meat-scandal-hit-Tesco-centre-Twitter-backlash-customer-care-message-told-followers-staff-hit-hay.html
On the plus side I am visiting Scothot wth college who is all going? and id be interested to have a chat with you x
Firstly id like to say i hope you all had a Wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year too 2013 is Definately going to be my year! I have decided im going to concentrate on my cooking and also i gained my intermediate 4 qualifications in hospitality so i am well pleased. Back in the college kitchen tomorrow and boy have i missed it! have a new apron to wear and feeling fabulous the only other thing i am concerned about is my weight , my diet and the amount of junk i actually eat so im going to join Slimming world tonight with some friends so we can motivate one another i will be thinner and prettier by this time next year. i know it. i will be blogging more often this year but i had to take a break over xmas and new year! love Rona x