Month: March 2018

Caramelised Orange Shortbread with White Chocolate

Caramelised Orange Shortbread with White Chocolate

Today I was musing the idea of using melted butter to make shortbread – as I couldn’t be bothered to either use the food processor or to employ the traditional rubbed in method. I looked at various recipes online and decided to try out my […]

Catchup – wb 26 Feb

Catchup – wb 26 Feb

The past week has been very unusual – we’ve had some really bad weather thanks to the #BeastFromTheEast and #StormEmma that has resulted in having Tuesday, Thursday and Friday off as snow days, and being sent home at 11:30am (kids left at 11:15am) on Wednesday […]

Red Velvet Cake

Red Velvet Cake

As part of snow-day boredom, I asked the lovely hubs if he’d like anything baking. He suggested a red velvet with cheesecake frosting. I obliged…

250g plain flour
30g cocoa powder
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
100g butter, very soft
200g caster sugar
20g red food colouring paste
2 tsp vanilla
2 large eggs
175ml buttermilk
1 tsp white vinegar

150g full-fat cream cheese
100g butter, very soft
400g icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract/vanilla paste

Preheat oven to 170C, line three 6″ round loose-based cake tins with a layer of greaseproof paper. Place all of the cake ingredients into a stand mixer with a whisk attachment and mix for 1-2 mins until just combined into a smooth batter – don’t overwhip!

Divide into the three tins and bake in the centre of the oven for 20-22mins until soft and springy.

Cool on a wire rack until completely cold.

Blitz the icing sugar to make sure there are no lumps, then add the remaining ingredients and blitz until smooth, add a little bit of milk to make a softer consistency if needed.

Trim the tops of the cakes flat and top each with a third of the frosting. Stack tall and serve.

 

Sadly, we never took a photo of the cake before hubby, sister-in-law and I started eating (picture courtesy of unsplash)…

Chocolate Melting Moment Cookies

Chocolate Melting Moment Cookies

Had a little bit of a baking session last weekend, and made these – they are SO good! Very moreish and very simple. Make sure that you cook them long enough so that they become beautifully crisp when they cool. This recipe was adapted from […]

Slow Cooked Brisket Chilli

Slow Cooked Brisket Chilli

The #BeastfromtheEast and #StormEmma have been ravaging this last week, I’ve had 3 and a half snow days, so have been pottering around the house a lot (yesterday the snow was just massive). So today I decided, after seeing lots of clips for it online, […]