Who would have thought that you could improve on a fairing? Well it turns out that you can! And all it takes is some creamy, tangy lime frosting. These will give some serious oomph to your morning tea break! If you’re not familiar with them […]
After producing a grand total of three apples last year the tree in my garden is positively groaning with fruit this year. I’m going to be making a lot of pies and crumbles!
To start with though I thought that I would take advantage of the wild blackberries which seem to be ripening earlier this year thanks to the wonderful summer we’ve had and bake this deliciously moist, not-too-sweet apple and blackberry cake.
Wild blackberries are great in this as they tend to be smaller than the cultivated varieties, which means you get a better distribution of them throughout the cake.
Because it’s so moist this cake keeps really well for several days.
50ml sunflower/vegetable oil
100g white sugar
50g light soft brown sugar
200g plain flour
100g whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
pinch of salt
1 tbsp cider vinegar
250g peeled, coarsely grated apples
200g wild blackberries
60g butter (room temperature)
120g cream cheese
60g icing sugar
Grease you bundt tin really well and dust it lightly with flour. Pre-heat your oven to 190°c .`
Whisk together the sugars, salt and oil in a large mixing bowl. Sift together the flours, raising agents and cinnamon and set aside for a moment. Beat the eggs into the sugar and oil mixture, one at a time, following each one with a tablespoon of the flour mix.
Sift in the remaining flour mixture and beat everything together. Combine the milk and vinegar before stirring this into the batter to loosen it.
Fold in the grated apple followed by the blackberries. Carefully pour the batter into the prepared tin and give it a couple of taps on the work surface to ensure that it fills all the nooks and crannies of the tin. Bake the cake for 30-35 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean. Turn the cake out of the tin and leave it on a wire rack to cool.
Make the frosting by beating together the butter and cream cheese until they are nice and smooth. Add the icing sugar and beat again to leave you with a thick creamy frosting. Spread generously over the top of the cake and add a few extra berries if you have any left over. Delicious!
Hey, can you guys promise me something? Promise me you’ll never buy a key lime pie (unless maybe if you’re actually in the Florida Keys).
This recipe makes the most delicious key lime pie and it’s ludicrously quick and easy. On a warm summers day the last think you want is to be tied to a hot oven for hours on end in order to produce a scrumptious dessert. Let science so the hard work for you with the chemical reaction magic that makes this so good! The filling is gloriously thick and creamy with just the right balance of sweet and tangy.
I’ve used golden kiwis in this because as you might have spotted from my social media I recently got my hands on a five kilo box, but also because the acid in the green ones tend to make my mouth a bit sore. Golden kiwis are also a little sweeter.
200g digestive biscuits
400g (1 tin) condensed milk
175ml double cream
pinch of salt
3 limes, juice and zest
1 lemon, juice only (you should have a total of about 120ml of juice)
100ml whipped cream
100g sliced strawberries
2-3 peeled and sliced kiwi fruit
Pre-heat your oven to 180°c and grease a loose bottomed tart tin.
Crush the biscuits to a fairly fine crumb and melt the butter. Combine these two and then press them firmly into the base and sides of the tin. Bake for 5 minutes and then set aside.
Pour the condensed milk and 175 ml of cream into a mixing bowl and whisk until they are well blended. Stir in the lime zest and salt.
Whisk in the lemon and lime juice and keep stirring until the filling mixture become thick and creamy. Pour this into the prepared base and smooth off the top. Bake for 10 minutes, the heat just encourages the reaction which thickens the filling.
Once the pie is baked leave it to cool to room temperature and then pop it in the fridge to chill completely. When the pie has chilled carefully remove it from the tin and decorate the top with the cream and fruit.
Happy summer solstice everyone! It’s the longest day of the year for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, which means more hours of daylight (and hopefully sunshine) and as far as I’m concerned that’s cause for celebration. One year (a really, really long time […]
I reckon that choux pastry gets a bad rap. People think that it’s super-hard to make when the truth is it’s really not and it’s no more temperamental than any other sort of pastry. You simply need a decent a pair of biceps for all the beating and to be able to recognise when the dough reaches the correct consistency, which is soft but not sloppy.
No-bake cheesecake mixture is a brilliant thing to fill these with – it’s a bit more sturdy than just plain whipped cream. Normally I avoid icing like the plague as I find it far too sweet but using sharp raspberry puree in it really takes away the sickly edge and makes these choux puffs wonderfully fruity.
75g plain flour
filling & icing
100g raspberries, sieved & seeds discarded
200g cream cheese, room temperature
100g white chocolate, melted and cooled
100ml double cream
225g icing sugar
Pre-heat the oven to 200°c and line a large baking tray with parchment or a silicone mat.
Put the butter and water in a medium saucepan and bring it to boil before removing the pan from the heat. Add the flour to the pan, all in one go. Vigorously beat it with a wooden spoon until you end up with a ball of dough that has pulled away from the sides of the pan. Lightly beat the eggs. Add about a third of the egg to the pan and beat it in really well. Once it has been completely absorbed add another third and beat it again. After the third and final addition of egg, the dough should become soft, smooth and glossy. Only add enough of the egg to reach the soft glossy stage, you don’t want it to be sloppy.
Use a couple of teaspoons to drop blobs of the dough onto the prepared baking tray. If you need to smooth off any edges or pointy bits then just dip your finger in a little water first.
Bake the choux pastry for 25 minutes, until they are golden brown, then turn off the oven and open the door a bit, leave them in the oven for a further 10 minutes to dry out a little.
Once they are done you can transfer them to a wire rack to cool. It’s a good idea to poke a little steam hole in them, somewhere discreet, to prevent them from becoming soggy. You can use this later when you fill them.
Make the filling by whipping the cream until it holds a soft peak. Beat the cream cheese with the melted white chocolate until they are well combined and then fold in the cream. Add 25g of the icing sugar to the raspberry puree and then stir a couple of tablespoons of the puree into the cream mixture. Transfer the filling to a piping bag fitted with a round tip and then carefully pipe the filling into the cooled crisp choux buns.
Mix the remaining icing sugar into the rest of the raspberry puree to create thick, smooth icing. Dip the tops of the choux puffs into the icing and decorate with sprinkles if you like before popping the choux puffs in the fridge so that the icing sets and the filling can firm up a little.