Showing posts from August, 2020

Coconut Cake

It's my sister's birthday today! She requested a Coconut Birthday Cake so this is what I made her, with a little bit of help from my lovely little niece.  I found this recipe online and adapted it a little bit. We aren't big fans of vast quantities of icing, so I only made half the amount of frosting and just put a layer in between and on top.  I also only had two cake tins the right size so couldn't make it three tiered! But it was light, fluffy and totally delicious!    Ingredients for the cake:  275g plain flour 2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda 1 tsp salt 170g butter 330g granulated sugar 5 egg whites 120g sour cream 2 tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp coconut extract 240ml canned coconut milk  80g desiccated coconut For the frosting: 115g butter, softened 112g cream cheese 300g icing sugar 1 tbsp canned coconut milk 1/4 tsp vanilla extract 1/4 tsp coconut extract 1/8 tsp salt a handful of desiccated coconut for decorating a few spoonfuls of raspb

Apple Crumble Traybake

One perk of being back at work is definitely when your colleague gives you a massive bag of cooking apples and asks you to make something with them for the office! I had a little look on Jane's Patisserie's website and decided to try her Apple Crumble Traybake. I made two batches (which meant peeling, coring and chopping a kilo of apples!) one for the office and one for my family. It went down really well at work and my little niece said it was "good" and that is all the praise I need!   Ingredients for the crumble: 120g plain flour 60g caster sugar 60g butter Ingredients for the cake: 500g cooking apples (peeled, cored and chopped weight) 300g butter  350g light brown sugar (300g for the cake + 50g for the apples) 300g self raising flour 6 eggs 1 tsp vanilla 1 tsp ground cinnamon  Ingredients for the decoration: 100g icing sugar 1/2 tsp cinnamon  1-3 tbsp water  Method: 1. For the crumble, rub the butter, flour and sugar together until it resembles breadcrumbs and s

Apricot & Coconut Balls

  I will be back to work next week and will be in need of snacks to sustain me! Decided to try and make a batch of apricot & coconut balls to stop me reaching for the biscuits and treats.  Ingredients: 200g dried apricots 90g desiccated coconut + extra for coating  100g ground almonds 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted 1 tsp vanilla extract  2 tbsp honey Method: 1. Blitz the apricots, coconut, ground almonds, coconut oil, vanilla and honey in a food processor until the mixture comes together.  2. Take heaped teaspoons and shape into balls. Roll in a little extract desiccated coconut until coated.  3. Chill in the fridge. They can be kept in the fridge for up to 7 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Really quick & easy to make and totally delicious! May have had to try one... Just so I know they're good before I'm back at my desk... 

Hazelnut & Summer Berry Roulade

Are you in need of a retro dessert? Then look no further! After watching lots of repeats of Bake Off, I came across an episode where they were challenged to make a roulade. I had never tried to make one before and, as I still had copious amounts of surplus egg whites in my freezer after so many batches of Portuguese Custard Tarts, I thought I would give one a go. I absolutely LOVE hazelnuts, I think I would go as far to say that they are my favourite nut. So the idea of a nutty, chewy meringue, with lovely whipped cream and sweet summer berries was a winner in my books!  Ingredients: 150g egg whites  175g caster sugar  1/2 tsp vanilla extract  1/2 tsp white wine vinegar  1 tsp cornflour  40g toasted chopped hazelnuts  300ml double cream 3 tbsp Nutella  Strawberries & Raspberries  Method: 1. Line a 22cmx32cm baking tray with greaseproof paper, ensure it goes up the sides of the tray to make a collar.  2. Using an electric mixer, whisk your egg whites until they form stiff peaks. Slo