A Cornish girl's food adventures

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Bergamot & gin soak cake

Bergamot & gin soak cake

So you’ve heard of lemon drizzle cake right? Well soak cake is what happens when you make a little too much delicious drizzling syrup and don’t want to waste any of it! Seriously, this cake is literally drenched in deliciously fragrant, sweet, sticky syrup. Because […]

Sultana & pine nut cake

Sultana & pine nut cake

I’ve never been much of one for rich dark fruit cake. I love dried fruit but I always find fruit cakes to be a bit too sweet and full-on. Something like this is much more my cup of tea, more cake than fruit and a […]

The best darned frosting in the world!

The best darned frosting in the world!

I’m a bit funny about frosting, I find it can be a bit hit or miss. All too often it’s too sweet and sugary or it can be grainy rather than silky smooth, or worst of all it can become crusty with a hard sugar shell forming around a squishy middle.
Swiss meringue buttercream is wonderful and avoids all of these pitfalls but it does take rather a lot of time and effort, not to mention egg whites!

This recipe is my new favourite. It solves all of my frosting issues in one. It’s rich and silky, without even a hint of graininess and it isn’t overly sweet. It also feels seriously luxurious in spite of the fact that it requires less butter than some other frosting recipes. It really is an all round winner!

I baked up half the quantity of the sponge from my chocolate caramel fudge cake to pipe this on, let’s face it if you’re making the best chocolate frosting ever then you want to serve it with equally amazing cake!

Ingredients
makes enough to frost 6-8 cupcakes but multiplies easily
100g sugar
15g plain flour
1 tbsp cornflour
1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
100ml milk
50g dark chocolate
100g butter, room temperature

Place the sugar, flour, cornflour and cocoa powder in a small saucepan and whisk together to combine. Stir in the milk and then set the pan over a low heat. Gently heat the mixture, stirring continuously, until it starts to bubble and forms a very thick custard. Set aside to cool completely.
Melt the chocolate and let this cool too.
Put the custard mixture in a bowl and beat it with an electric mixer until it become a little more pale in colour. Beat in the melted chocolate and then follow this with the butter, adding a little at a time until it is all incorporated and you have a light, thick, fluffy frosting which is perfect for piping.

Chocolate and peanut butter banana bread (vegan)

Chocolate and peanut butter banana bread (vegan)

I’m totally converted to vegan banana bread, I always get better results from it than from my more traditional recipe and I’m really not sure that I can tell the difference as far as the flavour is concerned. That’s especially true of this recipe, which […]

Pumpkin chocolate cake (vegan)

Pumpkin chocolate cake (vegan)

When we lived in America people would get very excited about the fact that on 1st November all of the Halloween candy in the shops would be super-cheap. I’m not sure that you could make candy corn cheap enough for me to eat it! We […]

Raspberry and Earl Grey Madeleines

Raspberry and Earl Grey Madeleines

Oops! Somehow another madeleine recipe has made it onto this blog… These are like my perfect Anglo-French treat. The floral earl grey tea goes really well with the sharp sweet raspberries and the little sponges have a wonderful melt-in-the-mouth texture. There may have been an incident where I ate one of these with a little clotted cream, you know, just for research purposes, and it was pretty darned delicious.

Ingredients
makes 12

65g butter
50g sugar
1 egg
85g plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
2 tbsp milk
2 tsp earl grey tea
punnet of fresh raspberries

Melt the butter and use a little of it to brush your madeleine tin. Dust the tin with a little flour too and shake out any excess. Put the tin in the fridge to chill. Set the remaining butter aside to cool.
Grind the tea a little in a pestle and mortar. Heat one tablespoon of the milk and steep the tea in this.
Beat the egg with the sugar until it is nicely thick, fluffy and pale in colour. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt and then fold this into the egg mixture.
Mix the tea and the remaining milk into the butter and then stir this into the batter and let it stand in the fridge for at least 1 hour but longer if you want to.
Towards the end of the resting time pre-heat the oven to 220°c.
Spoon the batter into each of the little shell shaped cavities of the chilled madeleine tin. You don’t need to worry too much about spreading it out to fill them, the batter will do this of its own accord once it hits the heat of the oven. Gently press one or two raspberries into the top of each madeleine. Bake them for three minutes and then turn the oven down to 180°c and leave them for a further five minutes.
Once the little cakes have risen and become golden brown take them out of the oven and place the tray on a cooling rack for a few minutes. When they’ve cooled a bit you can carefully lift them out of the tin and allow to cool completely on the rack before sprinkling them with a little icing sugar. These are best eaten on the same day, whilst the outsides are still crisp.

Chocolate and caramel fudge cake

Chocolate and caramel fudge cake

You know you’ve come up with a winning recipe when your brother sends you this message and tells you that he’s just polished off his third slice! But really I can’t blame him for having thirds of this rich, delicious, sticky, gooey cake. The sponge […]

Lemon and eldeflower cupcakes

Lemon and eldeflower cupcakes

I haven’t baked cupcakes in forever. I’m not sure if it’s because they went out of style a little bit or because I’m a pretty greedy person and I’d rather bake one big cake that can be cut into generous slices! These aren’t as sweet […]

Moelleux aux chocolat

Moelleux aux chocolat

Sometimes you just need a slice of rich gooey chocolate cake. A moelleux isn’t some namby-pamby light, fluffy sponge adorned with frosting. It’s a serious chocolate hit. Dense and fudgy and a little bit gooey in the middle, almost to the point of melting. It’s like a very grown-up brownie.
When we went to Paris we had dinner at an amazing restaurant in Montmartre (away from the tourist traps by Sacre Coeur) and I ordered Cafe Gourmand for dessert. I always order it when I see it on the menu – usually through a combination of indecisiveness and greed. I get to try three or four tiny desserts but it totally counts as one!


Anyway, one of our ( I shared with Mr Colonial Cravings because I’m nice like that) mini desserts was a slice of deliciously rich and melting homemade moelleux. It was utterly delicious, a tiny bit warm, served with Chantilly cream. Heaven!
For Mr Colonial Cravings birthday this year I thought that I would try my hand at baking one infused with Earl Grey tea. It’s safe to say that it was a success!

Ingredients
200g dark chocolate
200g butter
200g sugar
5 eggs
40g plain flour
2 tsp earl grey tea (optional)
icing sugar to decorate

Pre-heat your oven to 190°c and grease a spring-form cake tin. I like to lightly dust my tin with a little flour too, just to be on the safe side.
Melt together the chocolate and butter in a bain-marie and then set it aside to cool a little. Beat together the eggs and the sugar until they are fairly pale and fluffy. Mix the eggs and the chocolate together.
Grind the tea as finely as you can and sift it with the flour. Discard any bits that are too big to go through the sieve. Sieve the flour/tea again into the chocolate and egg mixture and then fold it together. Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake the cake for about 35 minutes. It should still be a little soft in the middle when it’s done. Leave the cake to cool in the tin before serving with a dollop of cream.

Raspberry creme drip cake

Raspberry creme drip cake

If a party without cake is just a meeting then serving up this really would make it a celebration! I’ve made this cake a couple of times now and it’s always very well received, it looks impressive before you’ve even cut into it. It’s got […]