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Marmalade cake

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In honour of our summer trip to Scotland this year, I baked a simple marmalade cake this past weekend. Marmalade has of course graced the breakfast tables of Scotland since the 1700s, when local grocer James Keiller started making marmalade. Legend has it that the oranges he purchased were too bitter to eat, and were made into marmalade by his wife (or mother… depending on the legend). Keiller is believed to have produced the first […]

Haselnüsse kranz (or hazelnut crescent)

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The haselnüsse kranz, or hazelnut crescent/ring is one of my favourite cakes. It’s something my mother use to bake, often for my birthday, and honestly I have never baked on myself. It is a classic Swiss cake, although not the sort of sponge like cake. The dough is almost biscuit like. Growing up, it was usually made using almonds instead of hazelnuts due to availability. INGREDIENTS 300g unbleached white flour 2 tsp baking powder 100g superfine […]

Herefordshire cider cake

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It was likely the Romans that first introduced apples to Britain with sweeter, and better taste. After the Romans left, many of the orchards were abandoned with the invasion of the Jutes, Saxons, and Danes. It was not until the Norman Conquest in 1066, that new varieties such as Pearmain and Costard were introduced from France, and orchards were established in the grounds of monasteries. Southern England has ideal conditions for growing fruit such as […]

Melton Hunt cake

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I like Christmas cake, but sometimes prefer a “lighter” alternative. This year I made a small Melton Hunt cake. Melton Hunt is a moist fruit cake originating from the town of Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, England. It was first made in 1854, supposedly for members of the local hunt to eat while out fox hunting. It comes from the same area as Melton Mowbray pies, which makes sense when considering the hunt. I adapted the recipe in […]

A fancy cake: Sacher Torte

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For my daughters 16th birthday I made a cake, not for her per se (she wanted a box cake). But I thought why not try something fancy?  I don’t usually make fancy cakes, but I decided to make a Sacher Torte. I had always thought tortes were hard to make, but in reality this is not that tricky a cake. The original Sacher torte was invented in Austria, in 1832 as a dessert for a […]

Rhubarb and strawberry shortcake

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Spring brings rhubarb, and that means looking for new ways to do something with it. This recipe, rhubarb and strawberry shortcake, is popular in New Zealand. This rhubarb is home grown. INGREDIENTS 3 cups rhubarb, cut into 2-3cm pieces 1 tbsp sugar 500g strawberries 225g butter (room temperature) 1 cup sugar 2 eggs 2½ cups plain flour 2 tsp baking powder 1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Line a jelly roll tin with parchment, and roast […]

A pineapple upside-down cake

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Is this cake kitschy? Maybe, but it’s still delicious. INGREDIENTS 2 tbsp honey 1 tbsp butter 6-7 pineapple rings (fresh or canned) 110g butter 110g superfine sugar 110g self-raising flour 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 eggs 1 tbsp milk (optional) 1.  Heat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease an 8 inch (20cm) round cake tin, and line the base with parchment paper. 2. Heat the honey and 1 tbsp butter gently, […]

Loki’s gooey brownie

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This weekend I baked a recipe from Brontë Aurell’s book Scandikitchen Fika & Hygge which is full of Scandinavian cakes and bakes. I got this book for Christmas, and the recipes look extremely good. The recipe was Loki’s Brownie (p.51), which has a brownie base and any sort of filling you like: nuts, dried fruit, marshmallows, chocolate bars, etc. I put in walnuts and Brazil nuts. The end result, was an exceptionally decadent brownie – which is not […]

Lemon semolina cake

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This is a rendition on a lemon drizzle cake which uses semolina. Semolina is made from durum wheat, and is often used in making pasta, or I use it to dust the baking sheet for pizza. INGREDIENTS 125g softened unsalted butter 125g superfine sugar 2 eggs (large) 2 lemons, zested and juiced 100g semolina 60g plain flour 1 tsp baking powder 1 pinch of salt Preheat the oven to 340°F. Grease an 8-inch round pan (or […]

A flour-free chocolate-almond cake

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I needed to make a gluten free cake this week, so what better cake than a chocolate one with almonds taking the place of flour. This a essentially a Torta Caprese, although like many recipes there are a multitude of recipes out there. The Torta Caprese, is Italian and originates from the Isle of Capri. Some variants use walnuts instead of almonds, some use whole eggs instead of egg whites, and still others use melted chocolate versus grated chocolate. This […]