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Almond & Orange Cake

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I made this for my mum coming round for dinner this weekend, was looking for something light and refreshing, it totally hit the spot. I served it with cream but you could also serve custard which I think would be nice.

The orange rind gives this cake a fragrant hint of citrus while the almond flour makes it moist and dense, so its virtually melt in the mouth.  Perfect with an afternoon cuppa.

 

Used a 20cm cake tin.

220g icing sugar (leave a little for decoration at end)

90g plain flour

90g Almond flour

Salt to taste

1/2 tsp baking powder

6 egg whites

115 g soft butter

Rind of 1 orange

 

  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a mixing bowl
  2. Preheat the oven to 180 deg, grease a cake tin.
  3. Pour mixture into the baking tin and bake for about 25-30 mins or until a skewer comes clean. Oh so yummy!

 

 

 

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Eton Mess – Gothic style

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So….my planning for New Year starts now….this year we have hired a lovely big house where all the family will gather. We always have a theme and this year it’s Gothic Style.

So my experimenting has started, firstly with meringues…..oh they look amazing. I purchased some Activated Black Charcoal Powder to experiment with, brilliant stuff.

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I used my Meringues recipe, which has always worked, and I added about 4 heaped tsps of charcoal powder to get a really dark colour.

I crushed meringues up once baked then 1 layer in jar of meringue and fresh raspberries then spoon some vanilla yoghurt in, then a second layer of meringue and raspberries then yoghurt then top with a final layer of meringue and raspberry. Finish off with some raspberry sauce. Oh so yummy!

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Scottish Fruit Scone

Oh I do love the Autumn food, warm, comforting, delicious and homemade of course! You will love these traditional Scottish Scones as they come with history:-

Scones originated in Scotland, and Scottish scone recipes are the best in the world. (in my opinion…lol)

The correct Scottish pronunciation is ‘skon’ which rhymes with ‘gone’, and NOT ‘skoan’ which is the English adaptation of the word.

Originally a type of flat ‘cake’, made from oats or barley meal and cooked on an open griddle or in the oven, scones have been popular in Scotland for centuries.

Typically you just have them with butter, and loads of…yummy! However, should you wish to indulge you can of course have your favourite flavour of jam too.  My preference is butter, always!

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Makes 8 individual scones

120g of Self Raising Flour

60g Melted Butter

60g Rolled Oats – (Scotts of course)

40g Caster Sugar

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

50g sultanas

1 egg beaten

50ml milk

 

  1. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, oats, salt, sultanas in a bowl and make a well in the middle.                                                                                                                             20171103_111011
  2. Beat the egg until frothy then add in the melted butter and milk, mix  20171103_111015
  3. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and mix thoroughly until you get a dough like ball, its shouldn’t be sticky, so if it is add a little more flour.
  4. Empty onto a floured surface, roll into a ball then flatten with your hand until about 1/2 inch thick, place onto a greased backing tray and score into eight pieces.   20171103_111939
  5. Brush with a little milk to add glaze.
  6. Bake in a preheated oven for 15 minutes at 220 deg. I baked on convection bake setting to give it a lovely golden crust.           20171103_113252  20171103_113646
  7. Remove and allow to cool on a rack.
  8. Best bit…………………………add lashings of butter and devour!!!!

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Apple Strudel on Crisper

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Oh yes, its that time of year when the apple, cinnamon and warm comfort food come out. Thought I’d try a warming pastry using my little crisper, amazing, this would normally take about 40 minutes in an traditional oven, but on the crisper……just 16 minutes…YES! 16 minutes. Amazing.

 

Makes 6-8 servings

1 pre rolled puff pastry (all butter)

3-4 apples

1 orange (peel only)

50g walnuts – chopped

50g pine nuts – chopped

1 tsp cinnamon powder

50g sultanas

50ml dark rum

50g light brown sugar

100g breadcrumbs

1 egg and 50ml milk for brushing

Icing sugar for decoration

 

  1. Soak the sultanas in the rum (preferably overnight or at least 4 hours)
  2. Peel and slice the apple, then mix them with the walnuts, pine nuts, sugar, cinnamon and orange peel, mix well.
  3. Add in the sultanas and breadcrumbs to the apple mixture and mix
  4. Roll out the pastry
  5. Pour the apple mixture onto the pastry then roll up lengthwise. Seal with egg and milk and press with either finger or fork to seal. 20170923_162050
  6. Preheat the Crisper Plate for 3 minutes on Dynamic Crisp setting, remove from oven and gently place the apple roll onto he plate. Brush the roll with Egg wash mixture and make a few small cuts on top of pastry to allow steam out.   20170923_163127_001
  7. Bake on the Crisper setting for about 16 mins, if you feel it is browning too quickly cover the top with some baking sheet.

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Chocolate Nut Cake

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On deciding what to do next using my crisper plate, I thought I’ve not really tried a cake?? Would it work?? Only 1 way to find out………………………..results were fab, tasty and baked in 10 minutes…….revelation!

 

Serves 12-16

200g Dark Chocolate – Melted (I used 70% cocoa)

240g butter

45g Walnuts

45g Hazelnuts

45g Almonds

170g golden caster sugar

1 tbsp flour

4 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

pinch salt

 

  1. If you have an Induction hob, melt chocolate in a pan on No. 1, if not melt using a glass bowl over boiling water. Once nearly melted add in butter and melt through, stirring a couple of times. Remove from heat and allow to cool.  20170917_181232
  2. Chop nuts into very small pieces or use a processor and pulse but make sure not to make into crumbs.
  3. Separate egg yolks from egg whites
  4. One at a time add egg yolks to the chocolate and butter mix, stirring continuously.
  5. Then stir in vanilla, sugar, nuts & flour
  6. Whisk the egg whites together until stiff peaks, then gently fold into your chocolate mixture.                                                             20170917_181713
  7. Pour the mixture onto the crisper plate and cook on dynamic crisp setting for 10 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Once cooled remove from plate, slice and serve with some lovely whipped cream or ice cream if you prefer. YUMMY!!!!

 

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Jamie Olivers 5 ingredient Almond Puff

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I started watching Jamie Oliver’s new 5 Ingredient TV Show and liked the sound of the Almond Puff Pastry. Using my little magic Crisper Plate, thought I would give this a go.

 

All butter puff pastry

100g ground almonds or whole and blitz

Icing Sugar

2 eggs (1 for wash)

1 tbsp double cream

 

  1. Roll out puff pastry into 2 circles
  2. Blitz almonds in a processor, or if using ground add to a mixing bowl, add 1 spoon icing sugar, 1 tbsp cream and egg and mix together until blended
  3. Place 1 circle onto preheated crisper plate and fill the centre with the mixture leaving approx 1 inch all round
  4. Place the other pastry circle on top and seal the edges with a fork
  5. Brush will egg wash and put small knife hole in the middle
  6. Cook on Dynamic Crisp setting for about 10 minutes.
  7. Remove and dust with some icing sugar then serve with some fresh cream……oh so yummy!

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Victoria Sponge with a twist

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I visited the Loch Lomond Food Festival recently and purchased this amazing flavour pot from SA Sauces , not sure what to do with it, I visited their website and found this amazing idea. It was absolutely delicious and an excellent twist to the traditional victoria sponge.

Makes 1 cake

  • 200g unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 200g self-raising flour, plus extra for dusting
  • about 6 tbsp raspberry jam
  • 250ml double cream, whipped
  • icing sugar, for dusting
  • One pot of maple syrup and honeyed whiskey

 

  1. Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Grease and flour 2 x 20cm sandwich tins. Place the butter, sugar and half the pot of maple syrup and honeyed whiskey into a bowl and beat well to a creamy consistency. Slowly beat in the eggs, one by one, then fold in the flour and mix well.
  2. Divide the mix between the cake tins, place into the oven and bake for about 20 mins until risen and golden brown. The cakes should spring back when gently pushed in the middle. When ready, remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 mins in the tin, before turning out onto a wire rack and cooling completely.
  3. Mix the reminder of the pot of maple syrup with the cream. Whisk until you get a matt finish.
  4. Spread the jam (optional) onto one cake and top with the mixed cream. Sandwich the cakes together and dust with icing sugar.

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