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Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Great British Baking

oh dear we are hooked on the new series of baking (Great British Bake Off BBC1).evil paul and lovely mary make a fab double act as do Mel and Sue who are hilarious. it's hard to watch the pots boiling over and pastry disintigrate without feeling a little sorry for those contestants! there's no way i could even attempt anything these poor creatures let themselves in for so i can only watch in admiration! tonight we had our own quiche bake off which the kids loved, ate straight up and judged as the winner (well there was only one and they made it!)

we have also been trying out alot of lovely recipes over the summer too and would like to share them with you here.

first up my mum's apple cake. it's apple time and we have a had a bumper crop - this makes a lovely cake.not maybe the best looking though....

I do like it though as its really easy to make and is one of those one pan, melt it all together jobs. it goes like this

10 oz self raising flour
5 oz caster sugar
5 oz butter
1 egg beaten
cinnamon, about 4 cooking apples peeled and sliced, handful of sultanas and handful of chopped nuts.

melt sugar and butter together in a large pan, remove from heat and stir in beaten egg. then mix in flour - you have a roux like mix. place 2/3 rds of the mix into the bottom of a loose bottomed lined tin. mix up your apples, sultanas and nuts with cinnamon and sprinkle on next. then blob on the remaining roux mix. bake in a medium oven (180 deg c) for about 50 mins. voila!

then most gorgeous and easy to make ice cream. find it here at Kevin and Amanda's blog. it was wonderful. sadly no photo as yet.

Marshmallow Choc Ice Cream

2 cups extra thick cream
1 cup (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup marshmallows
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
NB these are american cup measures.

Whip heavy cream in large bowl with an electric or stand mixer until light and fluffy. In a separate bowl, whisk together sweetened condensed milk, butter, marshmallows, and vanilla in large bowl. Mix well. Stir in chocolate chips, then gently fold in whipped cream.

Pour into a 2-litre container and cover. Freeze at least 6 hours or until firm.

Next up Naan Bread Pizza's - the kids love making these and they are super yummy. Thanks to Nigella Express for this one.
i use a passata with added olives or basil and then whiz in a few sundried tomatoes for added zing.
the surpise sucess of the summer was the courgette cake with lemon and poppyseeds. made many times and great on each - the true test of  a good recipe.
juice and zest of one large lemon
2 tsps poppy seeds
about 2 medium courgettes coarsely grated
250g Self Raising Flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
2 tsps bicarbonate of soda
280g sugar
about 180 sunflower oil
3 eggs
pinch of salt

combine eggs, sugar, lemony bits, poppy seeds and oil in a bowl and add grated courgettes. combine rest of ingredients (dry ones) and mix into wet batter. I do add more flour if it seems a bit too runny though it is meant to be moist. i use a 1lb and 1/2 size loaf tin and this amount fits in fine, grease and/or line.
Bake for 50 mins at 190 deg c. it's done when a knife comes out clean. make a lemon flavoured icing with icing sugar and leave to cool

how easy is damson gin to make? gin, damsons and sugar, in roughly equal parts. shake for a few days leave for the sugar to disolve and remove boozey damsons after about 3 months (make jam with them).try to keep as long a possible!!

i don't have time now to type up Helen's Cookies (i ate loads of them!) or Claire's delicious lemon drizzle cake but they were two more summer baking highlights.

last of all some thrify kitchen finds including Mason and Cash pie funnel- i have wanted one for ages - how sad am i! nice old fashioned scales, great pink measure cup and sexyt scandinavian leaf design dish! metal pie dishes cook things brilliantly and someone had thrown the shortbread mould out - how could they!

see you next time!

1 comment:

  1. I tried the apple cake at the weekend and it was very yummy. I made it for my mum who came round for dinner and she was very impressed. We couldn't work out when exactly to eat it but decidded you could have it with custard or ice cream as a dessert or have it cold as a piece of cake. Mine didn't look anything like yours but tasted delicious. Thank you for the recipe, I'll definitely be doing it again!