Last week I had one of those nights where you ping-pong back and forth between the sofa and the kitchen cupboard. You know, when you’re craving a lil’ something-something to scoff but have absolutely no idea what it is you fancy. Sunny and I were in the middle of a Ray Donovan marathon, and as well as rattling through a whole season in the space of a week, we’d also rattled through all the chocolate and sweet stuff in the kitchen cupboard too. And then I found the solution. We had a long-life carton of custard and a couple of bananas in the fruit bowl. Winner. “D’you fancy bananas and custard?” I called out from the kitchen. “What! YESSSSSSSS,” he roared back.
And so we scoffed a bowl each of bananas and custard whilst Ray Donovan buried another body. It was heaven, I tell you. HEAVEN.
It’s one of those stupidly simple yet completely satisfying desserts, innit? Easy. Awesome. And then I had the crazy idea of adding pancakes into the mix. Pancakes filled with custard, and topped with bananas. If you’ve never filled pancakes before it’s really easy, and once you’ve nailed it, there’s any number of ways you could go. Just make sure you go for fluffy, American style pancakes because it won’t work with crepes. 🙂
Bananas and Custard Filled Pancakes
- 150ml buttermilk
- 50ml milk
- 175g plain flour
- 1tsp baking powder
- 1 large egg
- 2 tbsp caster sugar
- 100ml fresh custard
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- sliced fresh bananas
- a little butter for greasing the frying pan
- To make the filling, mix the vanilla essence into the custard. Tear off a sheet of baking paper and place on a tray or plate. Spoon small rounds of the custard onto the sheet, then pop the whole thing into the freezer for 15 minutes.
- Whisk together your pancake batter, then leave it to sit for five minutes. Next, heat up your frying pan on a medium high heat, then grease with a little butter.
- Bring the slightly frozen custard out of the freezer and keep it nearby. Carefully ladle some batter onto your frying pan, then place one of the custard rounds in the middle as it begins to cook. Cover it with a little bit of fresh batter, then flip the pancake over. Each side of the pancake will cook, leaving the custard nice and gooey in the middle. 🙂
- Serve up with fresh bananas, walnuts and maple syrup. Yum!
I had to work so quickly taking these pictures; Bungle loves bananas and wouldn’t leave me alone. Just check out that drool! Happy Pancake Day (for tomorrow) everyone! 🙂
Fudge is one of those things that I’ve always wanted to try making but, ugh, TOO MUCH EFFORT! I mean, the traditional way of doing things involves heating up butter and sugar to an exact temperature and using a sugar thermometer and a lot of faffing around, and – like I said – EFFORT. I felt like for my first time I didn’t want to take on more than I could handle – so I cheated and used condensed milk. It’s still definitely one of those recipes that needs 100% focus and attention (no scrolling instagram or twitter while you’re stirring!), but it’s much easier and – providing you let the sugar dissolve completely – makes a really creamy fudge.
I usually bake Welshcakes on St David’s Day, but honestly, the ladies at Bakestones in Cardiff Market knock mine right off the board. They’re so good! So this year I decided to make this Welshcake Batter Fudge. It’s not the prettiest looking fudge around (just like Welshcakes aren’t exactly the prettiest cakes), but tastes just like the real deal thanks to the sultanas and a hint of mixed spice. 🙂
Welsh Cake Batter Fudge
- one 397g can of condensed milk
- 150g sultanas
- 2 tsp of mixed spice
- 120g butter
- 450g demerara sugar
- pinch of sea salt
- Pour the condensed milk, mixed spice, butter and sugar into a deep, non-stick saucepan and stir slowly on a low heat until all the ingredients have combined and the sugar has completely dissolved. If you move too quickly to step two, then you’ll get a grainy fudge.
- Get a bowl, fill it with ice cold water and keep it nearby for the next step. Crank the heat a little and bring the mixture to the boil – stirring constantly and simmering for around ten minutes. You want the fudge to reach its “soft ball” stage, which is when you’re going to stop boiling it and bring it off the heat. The time it takes to reach this stage is going to vary, so either test it with a sugar thermometer (you want the fudge to hit 118°C), or get a spoon and drop a little into your bowl of cold water. If the fudge is ready, it should ball and set, but remain a little squidgy when you squeeze it between your fingertips.
- When it’s ready, take the fudge off the heat and pour in the sultanas. Stir them into the fudge and keep beating until it starts to thicken up and set. Pour it into a square, lined baking tin and sprinkle with sea salt. Leave it to cool before cutting it into squares. 🙂
Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus, pawb! (Happy St David’s Day, everyone!) 💛
Firmly on the Blood Orange bandwagon and no sign of jumping off. Sorry not sorry. How was your Valentine’s Day? Did you celebrate? Do you celebrate? I didn’t even get a card, you guys. Sunny was really busy working in London all day, and to be honest we don’t really celebrate it. Doesn’t mean I wasn’t just a teeny bit jealous when I watched one of my lovely neighbours squealing over the massive bouquet that turned up on her doorstep… but whatever! Although, to be fair, Sunny did take me to the opera over the weekend, and since he was willing to sit next to me and endure three hours of Mozart being screamed at him, I think we can call it even… Also, he never gets a chance to buy me flowers because I’m always buying them for myself! 😉
I guess it’s those little gestures all year round that really count, right? Like, Sunny always walks Bungle on a Saturday morning so I can have a lie in. He always lets me have the extra cream egg when we buy three (not that he’d really have much choice on that one…). He de-ices my car and fills up the screen-wash when it’s running low, and he knows how to pull me out of a rut. My little gestures tend to be food-related; I’m a total feeder. Last week I made this really easy upside down cake and topped it with blood oranges. It’s sticky and sweet, and if you choose the juiciest blood oranges then you’ll get the prettiest topping. The hardest part is making the caramel – but really, as long as you’re not tempted to stir, it’s a doddle. 🙂
Blood Orange Caramel Upside Down Cake
- 2 Ripe Blood Oranges, thinly sliced
- 125g Butter
- 125g Caster Sugar
- 1 Egg
- 100g Plain Flour
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- 50g Ground Almonds
- 100ml Buttermilk
For the Caramel:
- 150g caster sugar
- 75g butter
- pinch of salt
- 100ml of water
- Set your oven to 170° and grease a silicon baking tin (I used a heart shaped one because, Valentines Day!) – it’ll make things easier when it comes to flipping the cake. Sprinkle with a little flour and then set aside.
- Make the caramel by putting your caster sugar in a saucepan with water. Bring it to the boil on a medium heat without stirring (don’t be tempted!). Once the sugar has all dissolved and the mixture has started to turn a lovely tawny, amber colour – stir in your butter. As soon as the butter has melted in, pour the caramel into the bottom of your cake tin. Now, evenly layer your orange segments on top.
- Hard part’s over! Now to make the cake, you’re going to cream together the butter and the sugar in a mixing bowl. Stir in the egg.
- Now, in a separate bowl sift together most of your dry ingredients; that’s the flour, baking powder and ground almonds. Combine with the wet ingredients.
- Stir in the buttermilk to make a light batter, and then pour it into the tin over the orange and caramel base. Smooth over the top, then bake for 30 minutes (or until a skewer comes out clean). Leave to cool.
- When you’re ready to serve, flip your cake so the caramel and orange base is on top. Serve with cream… 🙂
Have a great week! ♡
You know me, I’m a big fan a bowl of oats in the morning. I wouldn’t dare call it boring, but hey, I’m always looking for new ways of livening my morning porridge up a bit, y’know, without chucking a load of chocolate in the bowl ;-). Well, it’s Blood Orange season – one of my absolute favourite fruits. They’re great on their own, but they’re even better when they’re in an upside down cake, on top of muffins, or used to make a pink icing for donuts, and it turns out that they make a pretty great curd too.
This Blood Orange Curd would be great in a cake, but a hefty dollop makes a great topping for a hot bowl of porridge. It’s got a strong, citrus taste (as you’d expect) which is sweetened slightly by the addition of a little rosewater. Just in time for a Valentines Day breakfast in bed. ♡
Blood Orange and Rosewater Curd
- zest and juice of three blood oranges
- 1 tsp of rosewater
- 200g caster sugar
- 100g unsalted butter (melted, then cooled)
- 4 egg yolks, whisked
- Sterilize a large jam jar with boiling water, then set aside.
- Whisk together all the ingredients in a saucepan, then cook over a low heat. Keep stirring gently for about ten minutes, or until the curd begins to thicken.
- Pour into the sterilized jam jar and then leave to cool.
For more Valentines recipes, check out this post. Happy Valentines! ♡
I think I’ve said it before but I’m absolutely bloody useless when it comes to eating lunch. I’m a grab and go kinda girl – and that would be absolutely fine if it wasn’t for the fact that the kind of foods that I usually end up grabbing are doughnuts, a bag of crisps, five custard creams, a yoghurt, a cheeky cinnamon bun… You know? Not great. So, when I sit down and make my meal plan for the week ahead, I’ve started factoring in lunch, and – more specifically – one meal that I can batch-cook at the start of the week that’ll serve me through those grab and go lunchtimes. The provisos are that it needs to be healthy(ish), microwavable and survive in the fridge through to Friday, and this cauliflower and chickpea curry ticks all those boxes.
I absolutely love cauliflower in a curry (my mother-in-law makes the best Aloo Gobi) and Chana Masala is always on the menu if we eat out at an Indian restaurant. So, why not put the two together, eh? It’s a quick and easy meal to whip up, and a damn tasty treat for lunchtimes when you fancy something warm and comforting to eat. Not everyone’s got Indian spices banging around in their cupboard though, so if you don’t fancy cooking the curry sauce from scratch, just cheat and buy a jar of Rogan Josh instead. 😉
Cauliflower and Chickpea Curry (Gobi Chana) – serves two (double up if you’re batch-cooking)
- 1 can of chickpeas, strained
- 200g cauliflower florets
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 can chopped tomatoes (fill the empty tin to halfway with water)
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 tbsp ginger paste/puree
- 1/2 tsp ground coriander
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp garam masala
- 1tbsp chilli flakes
- 1/2 tsp salt
- chopped fresh spinach to serve
- Put the chickpeas and cauliflower florets in a saucepan with some water and bring them to the boil. Strain, then set aside.
- Set your frying pan on the hob on a medium heat, then add the vegetable oil. Add the diced onion and ginger paste and fry for around ten minutes. Add your ground spices and burn them off for a couple of minutes. Pour in the tinned tomatoes (and water), the chickpeas and cauliflower florets. Pop the lid on your pan and allow the whole mix to simmer for ten minutes.
- Season with salt and then serve with chopped fresh spinach and cooked basmati rice. 🙂
Happy weekend! 😉