Thursday, 24 May 2012

▲△ postcard from the lakes

we received this postcard from my Mummy
she'd been to visit my sister in the Lake District
so we had to make the recipe on the card!

buttermere biscuits

you will need ....
220g plain flour
110g butter
90g caster sugar
45g currants {we used a mix of dried fruit}
grated rind of a lemon
half a teaspoon baking powder
1 large egg ~ beaten

preheat the oven to 180c/gas 4
line and grease some baking sheets
rub the butter into the flour until it looks like rubble
stir in the other dry ingredients
and the lemon zest
mix in the beaten egg to make a firm dough
add a few drops of warm water if needed
roll out the dough to 7mm thick and cut out 75mm circles
put onto the greased baking sheets
and bake for 15~20 minutes
until light brown and firm
alternative ~ use soft brown sugar, omit the lemon 
and currants and add 45g each of chocolate chips 
and hazelnuts

Thursday, 10 May 2012

❤❥ partytime

last weekend I had a birthday
bingobango at my house
lots of guests to feed
and cake very much on the table!

this recipe is for two cakes
but I can say the main variation was
the over all winner

elderflower drizzle cake
{or triple chocolate cake}

you will need ....

175g softened butter
175g caster sugar
140g self raising flour
85g ground almonds
half teaspoon baking powder
3 eggs
100ml milk

for the elderflower cake you will also need
4 tablespoons of elderflower cordial
and a few tablespoons of sugar to sprinkle

heat the oven to 160c/ gas 3
grease and line a loaf tin
beat together the butter and sugar until 
light and fluffy
add the eggs one at a time mixing thoroughly
between each one
tip in the flour, baking powder, almonds
and milk then mix until smooth
pour into the tin and bake for 40-45 minutes
until golden risen and cooked in the middle
soon as the cake comes out of the oven
 prick it all over with a skewer and drizzle on
the elderflower cordial
sprinkle with sugar and leave to cool completely 
in the tin before cutting
for the triple chocolate cake you also will need
4 tablespoons good cocoa powder
50g choc chips or chunks
melted white chocolate for drizzling

for this cake, it's the same method as before, but adding the
cocoa powder and choc chips then baking
when it's cooked and cooled, drizzle with melted
white chocolate, leave to set then slice
good to share