Friday, 2 October 2015

** instagood

when there's windfalls 
the apple recipes come out
this recipe was kindly given to me
by an Instagrammer called
Tonelinrek, after I saw a photo of her bake:
she lives in Norway 
somewhere I really must visit
all that knitting and wonderful houses
and cake!

Nordic Apple Cake

you will need ....

150g plain flour
150g caster sugar
150g butter
a teaspoon baking powder
2 eggs
sliced apples
a teaspoon ground cinnamon
a few teaspoons of demerara sugar

heat your oven to 180c/ gas 4
line & grease the bottom of a 20cm tin
mix all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl
{I also added a teaspoon of freshly ground 
cardamom because I love it}
rub in the butter until it looks like rubble
stir through the beaten eggs 
tip the dough into the prepared tin
then push the slices of apple into it
sprinkle the top with some cinnamon and demerara
then bake for 30 minutes until cooked through
Tonelinrek suggests eating it with vanilla icecream
or cream 

tusen takk

Friday, 24 July 2015

Guest Blogger: Blackberry, Almond and Saffron Cake.

Another repost from guest blogger Liberty!

What do you do when you grab the blackberries before the birds get to them? You bake a cake!
What I love about this recipe is the slight density of the sponge, it brings out the almond and saffron flavours in every bite. I would recommend to not be so generous with the almond extract if you are not the biggest lover of almonds. However, I adore the burst of flavour mixed with the blackberries that delightfully rest on top!

- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour 
- ¼ cup almond meal
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

- A pinch of crushed sea salt 
- ¾ cup (170 grams) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
- 1 cup golden caster sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon saffron threads 
- ¼ cup whole milk
- Grated zest of 1 whole lemon
- 2 teaspoons pure almond extract
- A large bowl (300 grams) blackberries

1. Preheat the oven to 180ª and line a 22cm springform cake tin with a little spot of butter and greaseproof paper.

2. Using an electric whisk, mix together the softened butter and sugar together for around 3 minutes until creamy and pale. Crack in the eggs one at a time until combined into a fluffy mix.

3. Pour the milk into a saucepan (or a microwavable bowl) and saffron threads, heat this up just until the milk starts to bubble. The saffron changes the colour of the milk into a deep saffron yellow. Set aside for a few minutes to allow to cool.

4. While the milk is cooling, finely grate the zest of a lemon along with the almond extract. Add the milk and gently mix in with a spatula. Finishing off combining these ingredients with the electric whisk, using the spatula first is a simple way to avoid any splashes while whisking.

5. Pour the dry ingredients: flour, almond, baking powder and a pinch of salt into the mixing bowl. On lowest speed whisk this altogether until a delicious cake mixture has formed.

6. Dollop the mixture into the cake tin and smooth over with a spatula. After rinsing and patting the blackberries dry, arrange neatly on top of the cake. It will be likely that they won't all fit, so try to squeeze them into any small spaces remaining. Overall, the blackberries will sink slightly into the cake, so perfection isn't key. (sob)

7. Pop the cake into the oven for 50 - 55 minutes, test the cake with a skewer making sure that the centre has cooked through. Allow to cool for a few minutes before unlatching the sides of the tin off.

Let the cake cool completely until serving with a delicious cup of Lady Grey.... Or a bowl of blueberries? I am encouraging the summer fruits!

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Guest Blogger: Rhabarber, Amond and Orange Cake

In this post I am re-uploading a delicious recipe from my own blog. My mama and I had a delightful time creating this cake, it would be a pity not to share!

One of the things I love about summer is picking rhubarb stems from the garden, their leaves always seem to indulge the surface around them and hide the bidden beauties underneath!
With the second batch that we've picked, we decided to savour our bellies by making a light and fluffy cake for the summer. Before we made a rhubarb syrup that went down a treat with a glass of prosecco. 

- 150 grams of unsalted butter at room temperature
- 150 grams of golden caster sugar plus extra for topping
- 2 medium eggs
- 200 grams of ground almonds
- Zest of one orange
- 100 grams of self-raising flour
- 1 Teaspoon baking powder
- 300 grams of rhubarb, trimmed and cut into small skinny fingers.
- A handful of flaked almonds

1. Heat up the oven to 180º and line a 22cm springform cake tin with a little spot of butter and greaseproof paper. 

2. Weighing out the butter and the sugar, whisk together (with the power of electricity) to create a pale and fluffy creamed butter. Adding one egg at a time, whisk together until combined. Add the ground almonds and finely grate the zest of orange, followed by mixing in the flour and baking powder. Mix these floured ingredients through carefully with a spatula, to allow the air to keep hold inside the mixture!

3. Dollop half of the mixture into the baking tin, spreading it out to the edges as a flat layer. With the rhubarb pieces, place half of the rhubarb into the tin making sure they are not too close to the side. Sprinkle over a tablespoon of sugar.

4. With the remaining mixture, spoon over carefully in the tin to create the top layer. After smoothing this out to the sides, pop the remaining rhubarb on top to create a lovely decoration! Sprinkle over a final tablespoon of sugar and a generous topping of flaked almonds.

5. As the cake contains an incredible amount of rhubarb, it will take an hour to cook followed by an extra 10 - 15 minutes with a sheet of tin foil on top to stop the almonds from toasting!

Et Voila, Serve with a delightful cup of lady grey to infuse the orange scent or a doppio to balance the sweetness.

- Liberty

Saturday, 14 February 2015

♥︎♡ cake love

we don't need a special day to show 
how much we love someone
do we?
any day to eat cake is heart and belly filling!
I borrowed this tin from my friend 
when I decided to bake doughnuts 
the first batch were vanilla flavoured 
with a chocolate icing
and white chocolate sprinkle
but these beauties 
are delicately flavoured with 
rose, lemon, cardamom, saffron
and pistachio 
you can find the recipe for these
Persian Love Cakes 
with love as ever