Gastronomically Terrific

June 16, 2015

Icthus cheese straws

Filed under: biscuits, Easter — Tags: — lawsonanna @ 9:55 pm

I decided to make these just before my mum was visiting for the week, knowing that she loves cheese straws. Can’t say I mind eating them, either.

I assumed these wouldn’t take too long to make. In terms of mixing the dough, I was right. It’s slightly different to a normal dough in that you add celery salt, paprika, grated Red Leicester cheese and cheddar.

Cutting out the straws, however, was a total faff. Once you’ve rolled out the dough, the recipe states that you should cut out 6 inch long pieces which are quarter of an inch wide. Now, I don’t know if y0u’ve ever cut food into 1/4 inch (or 6mm) pieces, but it’s SMALL. And once you’ve cut out these tiny straws, you need to bend them over into fish (icthus) shapes. If they don’t break at this point, they will when you pick them up to put them on the baking tray ready to go into the oven. Somehow I managed to salvage a number of them, but in the end I gave up and just did larger fish shapes.

They only take 10 minutes or so in the oven (if they’re larger they take a little longer), but regardless of the faff above, they’re pretty tasty. Hubby and I ate a third of them the evening I made them – and had to resist eating more so there were some left for my mum. Oops. I would advise not trying to make them 6mm wide each though – you don’t need to for them to taste (and look) good.

Who made it: Anna

Recipe: Hallelujah! Easter, Wendy Dyer, Honor Harris, Judith Merrell, pg. 50-51

June 14, 2015

Lemon rollers

Filed under: biscuits, gift — Tags: , , — lawsonanna @ 9:49 pm

Lemon rollersAnother recipe I made for when we headed back to see our families for the weekend (the same weekend I made the Mothering Sunday sweets and the Easter bonnet cake), these were made to take to hubby’s family, and not as a birthday present.

Once again, they were pretty easy to make – a simple dough mixture with some lemon zest added in. The dough was then broken into walnut sized balls (or, when I got bored, slightly larger balls) and baked in the oven for about half an hour.

Once the biscuits were baked and had cooled down, I then added some lemon icing (made by mixing icing sugar and lemon juice together), just to make the biscuits look a bit more interesting. Of course, my 2 year old then asked for one without icing (he is a little odd) which I no longer had… but that did mean more the rest of us, and they were rather tasty!

Who made it: Anna

Recipe: Hallelujah! Easter, Wendy Dyer, Honor Harris, Judith Merrell, pg. 46-47

June 12, 2015

Easter bonnet cake

Filed under: Cake, Easter, gift — Tags: , , , — lawsonanna @ 9:37 pm

Easter bonnet cake from front sideAnother recipe that I made for my mum’s birthday, even though it’s officially an Easter recipe. I’ve been wanting to make this for ages (it looks good in the photos, and sounded pretty easy to make considering the potential end result), and messing up the rest of my mum’s present (basically I ordered the wrong thing) meant it was a good excuse to make this.

The cake itself is simple – it’s just a basic lemon sponge cake. The only difference is you bake it in a Pyrex dish so that it gives the right shape for a bonnet. It’s the decorating that takes time. You place the cake on a circle of icing, then cover the cake with icing after you’ve used a cake cooling rack to mark out squares. You then make flowers out of icing to place around the edge of the cake, and tie a ribbon around the bottom of the cake (which is a great device for hiding the joins in the icing!). Finally, you can create some icing butterflies to add to the cake. All relatively easy if you have the right cutters – which, for the most part, I did. And I was relatively pleased with the end result.

Unfortunately however, unlike the Mothering Sunday sweets, I didn’t get to try any of this (when offered, I foolishly went for the flapjacks. Yes, they were good – but I know what flapjacks taste like), so I can’t say if the cake was tasty or not. My mum told me it was good though, so I guess I’ll choose to believe her.

Who made it: Anna

Recipe: Hallelujah! Easter, Wendy Dyer, Honor Harris, Judith Merrell, pg. 38-39

June 10, 2015

Lamb skewers

Filed under: Easter, lunch, meat — Tags: , , , , , , , , — lawsonanna @ 9:24 pm
Ready for the oven...

Ready for the oven…

Something I thought it might be nice to try making myself for lunch, these lamb skewers were actually really easy to make. The evening before I mixed together the (really rather tasty) marinade of olive oil, sherry and garlic, cut up the lamb and soaked it in the marinade.

The next day all I needed to do was cut up some pepper and courgette, peel a couple of shallots, and thread all of this (along with some button mushrooms and apricots) onto some skewers, interspersing the vegetables with chunks of marinaded meat. It took ten minutes to cook it all under the grill, and (along with some leftover rice and peas) I had a really tasty, if rather large, lunch ready really rather quickly.

... and ready to eat

… and ready to eat

Who made it: Anna

Recipe: Hallelujah! Easter, by Wendy Dyer, Honor Harris and Judith Merrell, pg. 32-33

June 8, 2015

Tiramisu

Filed under: pudding — Tags: , , , , , — lawsonanna @ 9:14 pm
Tiramisu

… nearly all gone.

I’ve made this before, a number of times, but not for a while now. I love tiramisu, and this is a really easy, cheat-type version – so I decided it was time to make it again.

To make it, you put together a coffee and marsala mixture, then tip some sponge fingers into this. This makes up the sponge layers of the tiramisu. You then beat together cream and icing sugar, and fold in some mascarpone cream and marsala. This is spread over the layers of sponge fingers, ensuring you end with a layer of the cream mixture. Finally, sprinkle some chocolate over the top and leave in the fridge for all the marsala to soak up into the pudding.

Who made it: Anna

Recipe: Cheesecakes pavlovas & trifles, Australian Women’s Weekly, pg. 51

June 6, 2015

Mothering Sunday Sweets

Filed under: gift, Sweets — Tags: , , — lawsonanna @ 9:14 pm

Marzipan sweets CUOnce again, it’s not that I haven’t been baking recently – just that I haven’t got around to writing about all the things that I have been baking. I’ll try and catch up over the next week or so, so expect another plethora of blog posts from me in the next few days.

The first thing on the list is these Mothering Sunday Sweets. I actually made them for my mum’s birthday because Mothering Sunday itself was a bit busy (baby no. 2 was born about a week before Mothering Sunday – not a time when you get a lot of baking done…).

These sweets were quite fun and easy to make, especially as I took the cheats route and bought the marzipan instead of eating it. The only effort I really had to put in was melting some chocolate. The hardest part of the whole thing was finding a box to put the sweets in.

I made three different types of sweets in total – one was just marzipan balls with half glace cherries on top, one was strips of marzipan spread with melted chocolate and then rolled up (these looked great and tasted pretty good too), and the final sweet was marzipan, cherries, sultanas and brandy mixed together and rolled into a sausage. The sausage shape was then dipped in melted chocolate and the chocolate left to set before being cut into slices.

I would say I have no idea how these tasted because I made them as a present, but I may have made some extra sweets which I then, umm, tried? They were, on the whole, pretty tasty! The marzipan chocolate strips and marzipan mixed with cherries etc. sweets both looked and tasted really rather good.

Who made it: Anna

Recipe: Hallelujah! Easter, Wendy Dyer, Honor Harris, Judith Merrell, pg. 14-15

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