If there was aquafaba mousse last week then you may have guessed that there would be hummus this week! This is a lovely fresh, zesty tasting version of hummus, which is absolutely perfect for summer picnics, barbeques or just plain old snacking. It’s also very […]
For my birthday this year I thought that I would keep things simple and just make this lovely loaf cake, to be sliced and enjoyed with a cup of Earl Grey tea.
Obviously being a drizzle cake it’s lovely and moist (sorry but there isn’t a more appropriate word when it comes to drizzle cake) but it’s the lime and coconut combination which makes this a little bit special, a little bit more tropical than the classic lemon flavour. It’s got a light, tender crumb from the coconut and a wonderful fragrant tang from the lime. Delicious!
zest of 3 limes
pinch of seasalt
150g self-raising flour
50g desiccated coconut
splash of milk
juice of one lime
75g granulated sugar
Grease and line a loaf tin and pre-heat your oven to 180°c. Combine 175g sugar with the lime zest before creaming it together with the butter and salt until the mixture is nice and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, and then sift in the flour. Briefly beat the batter to combine everything and then stir in the coconut. Loosen the batter to a soft dropping consistency with a splash of milk and then pour it in to the prepared tin. Smooth off the top and bake the loaf for 50 minutes, by which time the top should have a deep golden crust and a skewer should come out clean if you poke the cake with it.
Combine the juice with the remaining 75g of sugar. Turn the cake out onto a wire rack , making sure that it is the right way up. Use a skewer to poke tiny holes all over the top of the loaf and then spoon the juice and sugar over the top of the warm cake (it’s a good idea to put a plate/tray underneath the rack to catch the drips). Leave the cake to cool and soak up the drizzle before slicing and serving.
Today is set to be a scorcher! Whilst my little veggie patch is struggling a bit with the heat and my peas are looking very sorry for themselves, I have to confess that I am loving it. You just need to drink plenty and relax into it. Cue this cheeky recipe for a deliciously cool fruity frozen margarita.
This does take a little forward planing but only in so far as remembering to chuck a few kiwi fruit in the freezer, and they don’t really take that long to freeze.
serves 2 (you shouldn’t drink alone!)
3 large kiwi fruit, frozen (I used golden ones)
juice of 1 lime
70ml nice tequila (I used Patron Silver)
several dashes of orange bitters
Peel the frozen fruit and then toss everything into a blender and blitz until you have a smooth, boozy slush. Pour into glasses garnish with fruit before serving.
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 I don’t like icing. If I could stomach icing then I could have just added a heap of icing sugar to the syrup to thicken it and used it to decorate the cake, which you can of course do if you’re on board with the idea.
I love this cake as it is though. It’s so soft, tender and moist (obviously) and the flavour of the bergamot is just amazing (I do love Earl Grey though!). I know that it’s not an easy fruit to get hold of though, my mum gave me this one, so feel free to swap it to a different fragrant, sour citrus fruit if you want. Lemon and lime would make a nice combination.
makes 1 medium bundt or loaf cake
zest of one bergamot
100g plain flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
50g ground almonds
pinch of salt
3 tbsp milk
juice of one bergamot
50g icing sugar (plus extra 50g more to finish)
Pre-heat your oven 180°c and prepare your tin. Grease and line it if you’re using a loaf tin or grease it and dust it with flour if you’re using a bundt tin.
For extra flavour you can blitz together the sugar and zest in a food processor if you like but don’t worry if you’re short on time. Cream together the butter, zest, salt and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add the eggs, one at a time, before sifting in the flour and baking powder. Stir in the ground almonds and then mix through the milk to give the batter a nice dropping consistency. Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake the cake for around 45 minutes. It should be well risen and golden on top and feel springy to the touch when it’s done.
While the cake bakes you can make the soaking syrup. Combine 50g of icing sugar with the gin and fruit juice in a small pan and heat gently. Let the syrup bubble until it thickens and reduces a little. Set it aside to cool a bit.
Take the cake out of the oven and pop it on a wire rack to cool but leave it in the tin. Use a cake tester or a cocktail stick to poke the cake all over. Use a spoon to drizzle about half of the syrup over the warm cake before leaving it to cool completely. Add the remaining icing sugar to the leftover syrup to thicken it, use as much as you need to get your desired consistency. Turn out the cake onto a serving plate and pour over as much or as little of the thickened syrup as you like to glaze the cake.