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Lemon Bundt

As the sun in London still fails to appear, and everyone holds their breath for it to come along just in time for the Olympics, as they did for the jubilee (I was standing in the rain by the side of the river getting soaked and failing to catch a glimpse of the queen), what better for the grey clouds than a nice cup of tea and a slice of lemon cake ^^ A simple easy recipe, and what’s best it keeps for awhile as the syrup keeps it moist, perfect to take to work and have a slice with tea for an afternoon break.
Whats in it:
4 eggs, All these to the same weight as the eggs (still in shell)  Self raising flour, Demerara sugar , butter. 2 large unwaxed lemons,
Syrup: 50ml water, 4 tablespoons of sugar, 1/2 lemon juice and rind
What to do: Cream butter and sugar, crack in eggs and mix well. Sift the flour in and mix. Add lemon juice and rinds of 2 lemons, whip up well, trying to capture the air. Add to bundt tin evenly and bake at gas mark 5 for 40 mins. Once done and golden, take out and cool in tin. Whilst cooling make syrup, add all ingredients and  boil for 5 mins, cool until thickens, pour over turned out cake.
Enjoy.

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Apple Cake

I wanted to make a nice simple afternoon cake, so i decided to go for a fresh and light tasting apple cake, using Greek yoghurt to add to the lightness of the sponge, a perfect accompaniment for Mothering Sunday.

What  You Need:

3 Large Granny Smith Apples peeled and chopped into cubes, 25ml  Apricot Brandy, 300g Greek yoghurt (I used Total), 4 eggs, 1 and a quarter teasp of baking powder, 225g caster sugar, 400g plain flour, 125ml olive oil.

Preheat the oven to 180c.

First add the eggs and sugar to a bowl and whisk until combined, then add in the yoghurt, brandy and oil until you have a lovely runny batter. To the mixture then add the sieved flour and baking powder, mixing to form a thick luscious cake mixture. Finally fold in the the chopped apple, place in a greased 9” cake tin and bake in the oven for 50 minutes. When done leave to cool, i drizzled over some left over cream cheese frosting.

Yum.

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Lemon Curd

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A nice simple  and sweet recipe for everyone’s favourite jam. I remember eating lemon curd at my Great Grandparents after school when I was young. My granddad would watch horse racing and smoke his pipe while my Nana made me jam sandwiches, tea and a bourbon biscuit. This recipe makes one jar (2 lemons a jar, I would say).

What You Need:

2 Lemons (rind and juice), 2 whole eggs, 2 egg yolks, 150g preserve sugar, 100g unsalted butter.

First whisk the eggs and sugar until combined. Melt the butter in a saucepan, add the egg mixture and the lemon juice and rind. On a low heat, keep stirring the yellow sweetness until thick, take off the heat and cool. Put the mixture in a nice sterilised recycled jar, store in the refrigerator. You could also try the recipe with limes, cranberries or tangerines for delectable variety.

Simple and Sweet, Lemon Curd-tastic.

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Sweet Potato Gratin

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A nice warmer for the recently wet and brisk weather. Sweet potatoes are great when baked, while I was in Korea they sold them whole and boiled as a snack from connivence stores and street stalls.

This is a great dish to accompany a meal or to have on it’s own. It is also pretty simple to make!

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What You Need:

5 Sweet Potatoes, Sliced & Peeled, 1/2 an Onion, 100g of Butter, 100g of Plain Flour, 400ml of Milk,  100g of Cheddar Cheese, One slice of bread (bread crumbs), 1tsp Cinnamon, 2tsp Sugar, 2tsp Apple Sauce. Parmesan & Black Pepper to season.

Preheat the oven to 200c

First wash, peel and slice the sweet potatoes and admire their golden orange colour. Then make the Béchamel sauce by making a roux with butter and flour in a saucepan, as it turns into a yellow paste gentle keep adding the milk on a low/med heat until you form a thick white sauce. When its a nice thick consistency add the grated cheddar cheese and season with black pepper. Set aside.

Now caramelise the onions in oil on a low heat for 15mins or until soft and brown, add the sugar, cinnamon and apple sauce to the onions and gently heat. Now it’s time to layer, start with a layer of sweet potato, then onions, then cheese, and keep layering until about 1 inch from the top. Sprinkle parmesan (optional) and black pepper on the top. Now prepare the bread-crumbs with a little melted butter and scatter liberally over the gratin. Cover the dish with foil and place in the over for 40mins, then the foil off and bake for a further 30mins.

There you have it a nice seasonal warming dish !

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Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

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In the spirit of Halloween I decided to make some spooky  treats. I started off making a batch of 24 which then turned into a batch of 40.. this is what you get from experimental recipes!

Last Halloween was spent in South Koreas dressed as a pumpkin dancing around, so this year makes a nice change with these simple and sophisticated cupcakes. (This makes 40! lol)

What you need:

4 large eggs, cracked open, 2 tsp vanilla essence, 125g caster sugar, 125g dark brown sugar, 350g melted Butter, 250g self-raising flour, 1tsp Baking Powder, Zest of Orange, 125g melted Milk Chocolate

Frosting:

600g Icing Sugar, 200g of soft butter, 200g melted white chocolate, 2 tsp Orange Essence, 2tsp Orange Colouring

Preheat the oven to 180C

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First have two bowls, one with the dry ingredients (sugar, flour, baking powder) and one with the liquids (eggs, melted chocolate, melted butter. beat the liquid bowl until thick then add to the middle of the dry bowl and beat as hard as you can (or if you are lucky use an electric mixer ). Then once its combined well spoon into cases, 1/2 full, and bake for 18mins, leave to cool on a rack.

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The frosting tastes great, simply mix everything together and pipe on top… yum!

This was actually my first time icing using a piper, and I am pretty happy with the result !

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Simplicity: Vanilla Cupcakes and Chocolate Frosting

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A nice simple recipe to try out my new cupcake tin! Actually I have never made cupcakes but I was inspired to by other peoples blogs and the marvellous cupcakes of Peyton & Byrne bakery in London.

What you need:

125g Butter, 125g Golden Caster Sugar, tsp of Vanilla Essence, 125g Self Raising Flour, 2 Eggs, 100ml Evaporated Milk.

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Preheat the oven at 180C. Simple blend all ingredients together or like me do the French way by firstly whisking the eggs adding the warm butter and vanilla in and whisking until froth is visible, then add to the rest of ingredients and blend together. Put in the oven for around 15-20mins. Cool and top with chocolate frosting and a dash of cocoa powder.

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