Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Lemon Thyme Drizzle Cakes

This is my drizzle cake recipe that has been cobbled together from experience and other recipes.  It makes exactly 12 little cakes.  They are delicious!

DONT be tempted to put in more thyme however, as this makes them too savoury.  Taste the syrup as this will be the predominant flavour of the cakes, it should have a subtle thyme flavour and be really lemony.  You can easily 1/2 the recipe if you want to make just 6 little cakes. You could change the recipe by substituting about a tablespoon of lavender for the thyme and make lemon - lavender cakes.

If you want to be fancy and ice the cakes, I suggest you leave them for at least an hour to absorb the drizzle, then ice with a lemon glaze (just icing sugar and lemon juice). Or you can just dust with icing sugar.  I don't think they need it though.

You MUST follow the instructions for greasing the tins on this one!  I have tried several ways, and this is the only one that works.  Papers don't work, just greasing does not work etc. etc.  You have to
spray with oil and then dust with plain flour. 

 

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Sticky Chicken Wings for a Crowd

This recipe has been adapted from one by Matt Sinclair.  I buy 2-1/2 Kilos of chicken wings, then take off the tips and chop it into 2 pieces.  That gives me about 2 kilos of actual wings to cook.  The first time you cook these, maybe back off the chili flakes to 1 tbsp. if you have some chili-phobes in the family!  These are also good served with lime wedges.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Vege Burgers for a crowd (make ahead)

What do you do when your husband is turning 60 and you are having 30 people for a party and only one of them is a vegetarian?  Make vege burgers of course!  I made a large batch of these the day before the party, and simply re-heated them in the oven just before serving.  They were such a hit I had to grab some for the vegetarian in the family!

This  recipe will only serve about 6-8, so if you are making for a crowd just multiply it.  The choice of vegetables can be varied, but I would always put in zucchini, and make fresh breadcrumbs if you have time - the blender will be on the bench anyway.  You can substitute oats for breadcrumbs if you like, and you could add some Panco to the flour if you want them really crisp.  I have not tried it, but I am sure you could put some lentils into the recipe if that takes your fancy.

 

Monday, December 26, 2016

Stevie's fabulous make ahead Christmas dessert.

A friend of mine made this for Christmas and apparently it was a real hit!  Its also kid friendly.  Unfortunately she lives too far away from me to drop in for coffee, but she was kind enough to post the recipe.

 Its so easy, mostly its an assembly job. The ingredients are Australian brands, but I'm sure other countries have similar.  You could add some honeycomb into the honeycomb mouse.  Assemble the day before for best effect.

And, Stevie tells me she adds some Bailys to the adults bowls for added effect!  Personally, I think you also need a glass on the side.




First
Make a Betty Crocker packet mix brownie (use salted caramel).  
Allow to cool.
Make Chocolate ganache  (recipe here)
Make honeycomb mousse (Coles - its in the dessert isle in a black packet - just whisk I cup milk with packet and chill for an hour).

Layer in a trifle bowl:
brownie pieces, 
bought chocolate double (thick) custard, 
Baileys custard with malteasers in it.
honeycomb mousse
Keep layering, then on the top  dollop with some chocolate ganache and top with fresh cherries on serving. 

Enjoy! and thanks Stevie. 



Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Best Chocolate Cake.

Why re-invent when you can use what is already there?  I never thought the best chocolate cake would be so easy - just put in a food processor and go for it but trust Nigella to figure it out!  I never want to loose this recipe, so it's going on the blog. Just follow the link below to Nigella's site for the full domestic goddess version.
 
I have to confess, this is Nigella's Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake, only with the addition of a little coffee.  I love coffee in a chocolate cake as it rounds our the flavour.  But this is definitely the BEST chocolate cake I have found.
 
You can use a teaspoon of instant coffee dissolved in a tiny bit of water if you have no espresso. You can substitute golden syrup in the frosting if you cannot find corn syrup.  You must use the best quality cocoa powder possible.
 
I have cooked this in 3 tins and converted it to a black forest cake by not frosting it - Just sprinkle a bit of cherry brandy on the cake once it is cooled, use cherries and cream for the filling and top with cream and chocolate. It was a great success.
 
Here is a picture of Nigella's cake:
 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Roasted Snapper with with leeks and olives

My son made this recipe and loved it!  This is made with snapper, but you could make it with any white fleshed fish fillets, or even a cutlet like blue eye.  Use the BEST olive oil you can afford as it will make a difference to the dish.  Also, sourdough is preferable, but you could use any bread.  Do not cook the leeks at too high a temperature.   Simple and delicious.




Monday, June 6, 2016

Easy Carrot Cake

This is a moist carrot cake that can be cooked in one large round, or two small round cake tins.   This is the easy, no fail recipe.
 
Make a cream cheese icing to finish it off if it is a special day, or just sprinkle with icing sugar if not. Use the cream cheese icing to sandwich cake together if making 2, and for a topping, simply make a dark caramel with about 1/2 a cup of sugar, pour it over some nuts.  Leave to cool and the process in the food processor, and sprinkle the top of the cake.
 
You can add candied ginger, nuts or dried fruit to the mixture (use about 1/4 cup) if you like.