Gastronomically Terrific

May 12, 2015

Chocolate mallow cake

Filed under: Cake — Tags: , , , — lawsonanna @ 10:22 am

Chocolate mousse cakeThis is an incredibly simple recipe that I found on The Teal Ribbon Girl’s blog (which they, in turn, found in a Sainsbury’s magazine). I wasn’t planning on doing any baking, but the recipe appealed to me not just because it was simple to make, but also because it used eggs, cream and chocolate, and little else. We just happened to have tons of eggs and cream to use up.

To make the cake, you beat together caster sugar and the yolks of five eggs. You then add dark cooking chocolate and whisk in hot water. You then need to fold in the five egg whites, which have to be whisked into soft peaks first. This cake mixture is then divided between two tins and baked for 20 minutes. Once the cake has been cooled in the fridge, you need to add the whipped cream and sandwich the two layers together. You can then dust the top of the cake with icing sugar.

Initially I wasn’t very impressed with the final result. I thought it looked a bit rubbish. This was entirely my own fault-I rushed baking the cake ad came very close to totally messing it up. Thankfully, once we had cut into and eaten the cake, it didn’t seem so bad after all. It looked a lot better on the inside and tasted pretty good too!

Who made it: Anna

Recipe: From The Teal Ribbon Girl’s blog (originally from a Sainsbury’s magazine)

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May 11, 2015

Creamy kedgeree

Filed under: main — Tags: , , — lawsonanna @ 10:54 am

Creamy kedgeree from aboveThis was a recipe I had planned on making before baby J appeared. It didn’t happen, so got forgotten about for a couple of months. However, I was still keen to make it as I thought that both I and the toddler would enjoy eating it. So when I had a spare day, I finally got around to making it for tea.

Creamy kedgeree is basically a risotto with fish added to it. You poach the fish, then cook some rice, vegetables and spices in the poached fish liquid. Once everything is cooked you add some peas and the fish itself and make sure everything is heated through. You also need to hard boil a few eggs for this dish to work…

… Because the fun part is making the dish look like a fish before you eat it. Put the rice mixture on one side of the plate, and add a slice cucumber for an eye, with a raisin on top. Then slice up the hard boiled egg and lay the slices out like the scales of a fish. Finally, we added two slices of apple to make the fish look like it had a fin.

Looks good, and doesn’t taste too bad (although not incredibly exciting). The toddler and I both ate it fairly happily!

Who made it: Anna

Recipe: Hallelujah! Easter, pg. 20-21

May 10, 2015

Easter nest torte

Filed under: Cake, Easter, party — Tags: , , , , , , — lawsonanna @ 10:04 am

Easter nest torte CUThe last of my three Easter bakes, this one was somewhat more complicated than the other two. I have made it before, which helped, and I really wanted to give it a go because it has a chocolate mousse layer – something you can’t really eat when pregnant, and there were three no-longer pregnant ladies in the house (me included) for our Easter weekend gathering.

There are four stages to making this cake. The first is to make a basic chocolate sponge, so it starts off fairly easily.

The second stage is to make a chocolate collar to go round the cake, which you need to do once the sponge has baked (so you can measure its exact circumference). Making the chocolate collar is simply a case of melting some dark chocolate and pouring it onto a strip of greaseproof paper that you’ve measured out to the right size. The tricky bit is getting the chocolate at the right time so you can wrap it around the cake without it breaking.

The third stage is to make the chocolate mousse by egg yolks, sugar, cornflour and milk. You then boil more milk, pour it over the egg yolk mixture, and cook them together gently. You then add the gelatine and chocolate to the mousse. Once the mousse has started to thicken, you add whipped cream and then pour the mousse mixture onto the top of the chocolate cake.

Once the cake has been in the fridge for a couple of hours, the fourth and final stage is to add shards of chocolate (I used Flake) to the top of the mousse layer, and some Mini eggs in the centre to make it look like a nest.

Not a recipe I attempt often because it is quite complex (made even more so by the fact that I use Vege-gel so my vegetarian husband can eat it), but if you manage to make it work, it looks and tastes amazing!

Who made it: Anna

Recipe: Simply Cadbury’s Chocolate. Joanna Farrow, pg. 120-121

All the Easter cakes

All my Easter bakes

May 9, 2015

Bunny muffins

Filed under: Cake, Easter — Tags: , , , — lawsonanna @ 10:46 am

Bunny muffins The second of my three Easter bakes, this was another easy choice from Hallelujah! Easter.

The cakes themselves are just simple fairy cakes with a lemon flavouring (just add the zest of half a lemon to the basic mixture).

The cakes are then iced with a lemon icing (simply combine icing sugar and the juice of the lemon you just zested).

The most complicated thing about this bake is adding the bunny faces, and even that isn’t very hard – simply add a cut-up marshmallow for the ears, a cut-up marshmallow for the cheeks, a mini marshmallow for the nose, and two Smarties for the eyes.

Flowers, bunny muffins and torte looking down

A selection of my Easter bakes

A really easy bake which, personally, I thought looked pretty good for the amount of effort involved.

Who made it: Anna

Recipe: Hallelujah! Easter, Wendy Dyer, Honor Harris and Judith Merrell, pg. 42-43

May 8, 2015

Rocky road to Emmaus

Filed under: biscuits, Cake, Easter — Tags: , , , , — lawsonanna @ 10:30 am

Daffodils I’m probably writing about these a little late, but over the Easter weekend I did a range of baking, primarily in preparation for a Bank Holiday visit and Easter Egg hunt with four toddlers (and their, rather hungrier, parents). This is the first of three bakes I made.

Once again, it’s a relatively simple recipe from Hallelujah! Easter cook book, in order to make my life simple. You melt together butter, golden syrup and chocolate, then add this mixture to bashed up biscuits, raisins and rum. Once the mixture has cooled slightly you add marshmallows (unless you’re making the vegetarian version to keep your husband happy, in which case you leave out the marshmallows altogether. I did both – some wRocky road CUith, some without).

Once you’ve poured the mixture into a baking tin, all you need to do is leave it in the fridge to set. No oven needed, and the result is some very chocolatey rocky road.

Who made it: Anna

Recipe: Hallelujah! Easter, Wendy Dyer, Honor Harris and Judith Merrell, pg. 55

May 7, 2015

Candy cakes

Filed under: Cake, Sweets — Tags: , , , , — lawsonanna @ 10:19 am

Candy cakes allAnother incredibly simple recipe which I made with a newborn baby in the house. The main purpose of these cakes was to use up sweeties that we’d used to create a train cake we made for hubby’s birthday (and to keep our toddler amused when there was a lot of attention focused on the newborn).

The actual cakes are just plain vanilla fairy cakes. The topping was chocolate buttercream, and I then added colourful sweeties (Smarties and jellybeans, because that was what we had left over).

A really easy bake which took all of 30 minutes from start to finish, and doesn’t look too bad when finished!

Who made it: Anna

Recipe: Fairy Cakes, Joanna Farrow, pg. 46

May 6, 2015

Wheaten loaf

Filed under: Cake, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — lawsonanna @ 9:27 am

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here as I’ve been a bit busy – the last month has seen the arrival of our baby daughter, and the sleepless nights that have followed… however, I have managed to keep baking, at least some of the time!

I actually made this loaf before baby J arrived, but it has taken me two months to write and post about it (which is probably why I’m failing to find the photo I took – if I find it I’ll add it…). It’s an easy loaf to make, and surprisingly tasty considering it’s basically made with Weetabix and dried fruit. It’s another Hallelujah! Easter recipe, hence the simplicity. You do have to remember to soak the Weetabix and dried fruits in milk overnight, but other than that all you need to do is add egg and self-raising flour, and then bake in the oven for 1 1/2 hours. A lovely simple fruit loaf, which worked well in early March when I had very little energy or brain capacity. It was also a great thing to have lying around in the house with a new baby – a tasty cake treat which wasn’t chocolate, which meant I didn’t need to feel quite so guilty about eating it. It also contains plenty of fibre which I’m told is good for new mums!

Who made it: Anna

Recipe: Hallelujah! Easter, pg. 24-25

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