Showing posts from March, 2015

Blueberry Streusel Loaf

I try and buy seasonally, but I have to admit to having a passion for blueberries. They were on offer last week in my usual supermarket, so had to buy some. I know they don't taste anything like the ones I grow in my pot in the garden, and that they'd been shipped half way round the world, but I still love them.  I've been eating some every morning with my porridge, but decided I wanted to make a cake. This is one of our favourite loaf cakes, but with a streusel topping. The original recipe was from an American website so has been converted from cups - hence the odd amounts. I've tweaked the recipe because it had way too much sugar in the cake. I like making cakes with oil - makes me think they're healthier! So, preheat oven 190C/gas5 Grease a 900g loaf tin. Put 80g granulated sugar in a bowl with 60ml sunflower oil. Mix together with an electric mixer, then add 1 egg, 250ml milk and 1 tspn vanilla extract and beat till smooth and creamy. Fold in 280

My Nearly Far Breton

Far Breton is a French speciality from Brittany. The  Far  bit comes from the Latin  farina  or flour [hence the french  farine  I guess]. Doing a bit of research, I found that it was orginally eaten by farming labourers who took it into the fields for their lunch, and it was a savoury flan - a Farz Fourn [oven baked  far  in Breton].   It's similar to a clafoutis - a baked custard, and is usually made with prunes. I've gone rather off piste and made the custard then topped it with salted caramel sauce. So I suppose it is a Far, but not a true Breton one - except the caramel sauce is from a jar I brought back from Brittany, and which was made locally there. Preheat oven 200c/gas 6. Grease a 20cm cake tin [not a springform one in case the custard leaks]  or an ovenproof glass dish . I find this mixture works best if you mix well between each addition. I have seen recipes which use a food processor, but haven't tried this. Beat 3 eggs in a bowl, then beat in 130g

Coconut and Chocolate Squares

My daughter has been staying for a few days and wanted to do some baking. She wanted to make something retro! This recipe was a great family favourite, which happily Mum had written down in her notebook. There's a nice chewy coconut layer on a chocolate biscuit base, so not sure if it's a biscuit or a cake. Either way it's good. It's also simple to make - a bonus for my daughter! Preheat oven 190C/gas5 and grease and base line a 20cm square cake tin. Crush 225g of dark chocolate digestive biscuits in a bag using a rolling pin - or put them in a processor an whizz. Melt 75g of butter in a pan and stir in the crumbs  till they're all combined. Press this mixture into the base of your tin. Beat a 170g tin of evaporated milk with 1 egg, 1 tspn vanilla extract and 25g caster sugar till smooth. Add 50g sr flour and 125g dessicated coconut and mix well. Pour this over the biscuit layer in the tin and level top. Bake for 30 mins till the top is firm and starting

Honey Cake

I went to a local farmer's market the other week and found some local honey. I wanted to use it in a cake, and found this recipe in one of my folders. I think it came from a Woman's Weekly magazine. It makes good use of honey, both in the cake and in the topping. It's made in a 23cm tin, so quite a big cake, enough for about 10 good slices. Preheat oven 180C/gas4, and grease and line a 23cm springform tin. For the cake - beat 225g butter with 95g of soft brown sugar and 1 tspn vanilla extract till light and fluffy. Add 175g honey and beat well. Add 3 eggs, one at a time, then fold in 300g sr flour and 1 tspn cinnamon. Stir in 250g sour cream of crème fraiche gently with a metal spoon.  Spoon into the cake tin and bake for about 45-50 mins till golden. Leave cake to cool in tin for 10 mins then turn onto a wire rack. For the topping - put 30g butter and 260g honey in a pan and bring to boil, stirring. Turn heat down and simmer for 2 mins. Take off the heat and st