Friday, 28 November 2008

Easy condensed milk pudding!

This has got to be one of the easiest deserts to make,especially when you have unexpected guests as all of the ingredients are usually in your cupboard!It's so simple to make and really quick.Chill for a couple of hours and you're done!

you will need:
1 UHT carton of cream cream (or fresh whipping cream)
1 large tin of condensed milk
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
4tbsp of crushed Marie biscuits (or digestives)

With a pestle and mortar crush your biscuits into a fine but still crunchy powder.
In a large bowl beat a carton of UHT cream into stiff peaks. Add the zest of lemon and mix well. In another bowl pour in the condensed milk and add the lemon juice. Add a little bit of the cream and mix well. Now fold in the beaten cream so it's light and fluffy.
Pour into individual bowls or pretty cocktail glasses and sprinkle over the crushed biscuits. Chill for at least 2 hours.

Top tip...this recipe is a nice refreshing pallet cleanser. You can add more Lemon juice to taste. I always add at least the juice of 2 lemons because I do like it quite zingy. Also the lemon juice thickens up the mixture so no need to use horrible stuff like gelatine!

Variations: Coconut- add dessicated coconut to the mixture and top with flaked roasted almonds.
Mocha- remove the lemon and add a small measure of coffee liqueur,dash of vanilla essence,1 tsp of chocolate flavouring (the kind you use to add to coffee) or cocoa powder and top with chocolate shavings or chocolate covered coffee beans.

a few of my favourite things

Fruli, Candy Candy and condensed milk!
Fruli because it tastes nice...too nice to be an alcoholic drink! Candy Candy because she too loves to bake and condensed milk because it's such a great ingredient!!!
I'm still trying to find a sweet recipe that uses both Fruli and condensed milk!Maybe Candy Candy can help?

Thursday, 9 October 2008

absent without love...

I have to say that life is a funny old thing and as usual I have several fingers in several pies...excuse the pun... but baking has fallen to the way side and my time has been taken by other projects!
Unfortunately there are not enough hours in the day and what little time I have left over is taken by other not so interesting tasks.
I do feel that I have suffered for not baking as much as I normally would because apart from having lovely treats to eat it's damned relaxing!!! I love baking and I feel like it's time to get some LOVIN back into my kitchen!!! The cooker's on the blink but I still manage to make basic sundries though I'm hoping St. Nick will bring one down the chimney this Chrimbo.Well a girl can dream!!!!
BUT I will resume very soon and fill this blog with lots more recipes. I have had time to make a few "new" recipes so...keep checking because I shall post them very soon!!

Thursday, 17 January 2008

Fool proof Dark Chocolate and Cherry cup cakes

I love making up recipes and adapting old favourites.Cup cakes are really nice and versatile.They look pretty at children's parties but can also be sophisticated and grown up.For a friend's wedding I made a main sponge cake for the wedding party and dotted around were cascades of gorgeous gold dusted cup cakes for the guests.It's a really easy and fun way to serve large amounts of people and make sure that everyone gets a slice of the action!
A while ago I rediscovered "Spelt" flour which is a wheat flour that was widely used during the Roman Empire and all over Europe through out history.
The gluten content is high but tolerated by many people with allergies...I have a slight wheat intolerance and since discovering "Spelt" Flour I can stuff my face with cakes and bread without feeling ill! For more info read:
Spelt is a slightly nutty flour and mainly used for flat breads.I decided to experiment and make something sweet.So with the addition of lush 70% cocoa dark chocolate,tinned morello cherries and topped with chocolate frosting I made a mean tasty and absolutely gorgeous treat.

Here's the recipe:

preheat oven 190c/375F/gas mark 5
For the cup cakes (makes 12)
125g of Spelt Flour ( can use wheat flour if you wish)
1tsp baking powder
100g 70% cocoa dark chocolate
1tsp vanilla extract
1tsp cocoa
125g caster sugar
pinch of salt
2 eggs
50ml of rapeseed oil
2tbsp of freshly brewed coffee cooled
tinned morello cherries

Line the cup cake/muffin tray with paper cases. In a bowl break the chocolate and place over a pan of boiling water(bain marie)until completely melted and glossy.Leave to cool.
In another bowl beat the eggs with the sugar until light and fluffy.Add the rapeseed oil,vanilla extract and stir well.
Mix all the dry ingredients together and sift.Do not remove the husky bits from the Spelt Flour as these will not pass through the sieve just put them back into the sifted flour.
Mix the cooled chocolate into the egg mixture and stir until smooth.Stir in half the flour mixture and fold.
Add the coffee and the remaining flour. Spoon the cake mixture into the paper cases but only half way because now you need to add the cherries.
Place one or two cherries in the middle of each case and top with the remainder of the cake mixture so it covers the cherries.
Place in the preheated oven for 12 minutes or until risen.
Leave to rest for 5 minutes in the tin before placing them to cool completely on a wire rack.

For the frosting:
225g of icing sugar
60g of cocoa powder
pinch of salt
1tsp vanilla
3tbsp hot coffee
3tbsp soft unsalted butter

Mix the Cocoa with the icing sugar salt in a large bowl. While whisking constantly with an electric whisk add the vanilla, butter and hot coffee until smooth.
To keep you frosting moist wet and squeeze the excess water out of two kitchen paper towels and cover the bowl with these until you are ready to decorate your cup cakes.
Top with a morello cherry.

Monday, 7 January 2008

More recipes coming soon...

New year new recipes!
Happy 2008!

Keep your peepers peeled as I'll be
adding more tasty recipes to my
Lots of cakes,jams,biscuits,sweets and savory...

Blue Cheese and walnut cake/loaf.

Let me tweak it,bake it,photograph it
and I'll be ready to share it with you!

Happy New Year!

"Ester...I've just opened my last jar of fig jam!"
Her she is,the lovely Ester with a couple of jars of
Spanish fig jam she made from my recipe.
Check out the recipe:
fig jam