Lemon and Rose Drizzle Cake

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I’m no stranger to a good old Lemon Drizzle Cake – it’s easy to bake and perfect just the way it is – nice and gooey and warm on the plate (especially after getting stuck out in a less pleasant kind of drizzle, eh?).  But it’s always nice to try a fresh twist on an old favourite.  Last time I tried pistachio, and this time I’ve gone for rose – which sweetens the lemon a little and takes out it’s sour edge.  So if you like your drizzle cake a little sweeter, then this one’s for you. 🙂

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Lemon and Rose Drizzle Cake

Ingredients

  • 2 Eggs
  • 100g Butter
  • 100g Caster Sugar
  • 100g Self Raising Flour
  • Zest of 2 Lemons
  • Juice of 2 Lemons
  • 200g Powdered Sugar
  • 2 Tsp of Rosewater
  • Handful of dried, edible rose petals
  1. Grease a small loaf tin and set your oven to 170°.
  2. Cream together the butter and caster sugar and then crack in the egg.  Pour in the lemon zest and rosewater, then stir in the flour.
  3. Pour the batter into the loaf tin and bake for 30 minutes or until an inserted skewer comes out clean.
  4. To make the drizzle, mix together the lemon juice and powdered sugar.  While the loaf is still nice and warm (and still in its tin!), create some holes in it with a cocktail stick or a knife (make sure you only insert them half way or you’ll get a soggy bottom!), then pour the drizzle over the top.
  5. Once the loaf has cooled, remove it from the tin and then decorate it with the dried rose petals.

Happy Friday everyone! 

10 DIY Foodie Gifts for Valentines Day

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“If music be the food of love, play on”, so famously wrote a certain Mr Shakespeare, and while music definitely has the power to shuffle my mood, food is capable of doing just as good a job.  So what better way of treating your favourite someone this Valentines Day (or Galentines Day!) than to cook up something sweet (or spicy!) for them?  So, if you’re like me and feel that food is the uh, food of love… then scroll on 😉

1. Chilli and Red Pepper Jam

Simple to make, these jars of spicy jam make great DIY presents all year round and are perfect with cheese, or even drizzled on sausages, burgers and even homemade chips.

2. Blood Orange Glazed Doughnuts

Blood Oranges are in season right now, and are perfect for making a very Valentines appropriate pink glaze for these mini ring doughnuts.

3. Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

You can’t go wrong with a fresh batch of cookies, especially when they’re crisp on the edge and gooey in the middle like these ones.  They’re flavoured with mint and chocolate, but the recipe is easily adapted for any filling you fancy!

4. Orange and Almond Loaf Cake

A perfect bring-along treat for Galentines Day, this simple almond loaf cake has a bright pink, blood orange glaze.

5. Marshmallow Teacake Cupcakes

Remember those chocolate and marshmallow tea cakes from when you were a kid?  Well here they are in cupcake form – only with the boring biscuit bit ditched in favour of cake!  What’s not to like?


6. Chocolate Orange Flavoured Welsh Cakes

If you’ve got any chocolate oranges hanging about in your cupboard (…is that even possible?), then why not chop up a few segments and put them in these heart shaped Welsh Cakes?

7. Praline and Chocolate Dipped Madeleines

Madeleines are normally flavoured with lemon, but these are a little bit fancier dipped in chocolate and hazelnut praline.  Easier than they look, they’re a great little treat to box up and gift to your favourite people.


8. Bakewell Tarts

Everyone loves a good tart (…steady now…) and Bakewell Tarts are one of my absolute faves.  This recipe makes two individual tarts that would be perfect as a dessert if you’re planning on cooking a special dinner on Valentines Day.

9. Brigadeiros (Easy Chocolate Truffles)

These are dangerously easy to make, and easily adapted too!  Just combine condensed milk, chocolate and butter in a pan and heat to combine.  Leave to cool then roll into these bite-sized balls.

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10. Lemon and Gin Blondies

I’m not sure whether it’s true that Blondes have more fun, but these bite sized lemon and gin-flavoured Blondies are a zesty alternative to Brownies. 🙂

Happy Valentines Day everyone! ♡

Apple Crumble Cake

I can’t decide what part of The Great British Bake Off I’m enjoying more this year, the bakes… or Noel Fielding’s patterned shirts.  Honestly, the ice-cream shirt (which I remembered seeing Zoella wear last year) had me furiously googling into the wee hours trying to track it down to no success.  True, GBBO just isn’t the same without Bezza, but I’m actually really enjoying it – and the cakes are just as inspiring as always; I mean, Kate’s sticky toffee apple caramel cake looked INSANE.  I’m going to have to give one of those a go nearer to bonfire night 🙂

Anyway, here’s a much, much plainer apple cake!  I love an easy loaf cake, and this one is full of chopped apples and cinnamon and topped with a crunchy, sugary crumble.  Another way of using up a couple of apples without going down the full-on crumble route.  We scoffed it with lots and lots of custard under a blanket in front of the TV, which – let’s be honest – is what Autumn is all about.

No recipe to this one because I didn’t measure anything out.  It was one of those “just chuck everything in and hope for the best” kind of days!  Have a great weekend everyone! ♡

Orange & Almond Loaf Cake

If you saw my post on Blood Orange Doughnuts then you’ll know how obsessed I am right now with using them to make perfect Calpol-pink icing.  I mean, who knew?  Seriously, my days of using food colouring are over, and now I’m on the hunt for other fruits that’ll work in my icing crayon box.  And if I find any, I’ll let you know 🙂

I’m also a tad obsessed with Loaf Cakes – mostly because they’re so easy to make as long as you’ve got the right tin!  For this one, I played around with my Lemon and Pistachio Drizzle Cake recipe and instead made an Orange and Almond version.

Orange & Almond Loaf Cake

Ingredients

  • 100g caster sugar
  • 100g butter or marg (you can even use olive oil)
  • 100g self raising flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 50g ground almonds
  • tbsp baking powder
  • zest of one orange (I used a blood orange for the pink icing, but a normal orange will do if you’re not into that)
  • juice of one orange
  • powdered sugar
  1. Set the oven to 180 and grease a small loaf tin.
  2. Cream together the fat and sugar and then lightly beat in the eggs.
  3. Next add the flour, baking powder, ground almonds and orange zest and stir until the mixture has combined to make a fluffy batter.  Pour into the tin.
  4. Cook for around 40 minutes – or until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean.
  5. Use the juice and powdered sugar to make the icing; it’s all down to preference, you’ll need around a 3:1 ratio of sugar to juice, but it take take a little trial and error to get the exact texture and pigment/flavour you’re after.