Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Spiced orange bundt cake - recipe

This recipe is adapted from one by Paul Hollywood on the BBC food website...I tried this orange, almond marmalade cake at Vivien Lloyd's house recently and that along with making edible crystallised orange peel on the 'making edible gifts day' we had recently, gave me an idea for an adaptation...I have been also sent a gorgeous chocolate wreath by Hotel Chocolat for Christmas and wanted to try and recreate something akin to a wreath shape for Christmas in a cake...

This cake is decadent and inviting, spicy and warm and has lovely Christmassy fragrances from the orange and ginger and spices...just remember to move the bundt cake over to a plate or stand or board BEFORE you decorate it makes life much easier that way.

300g soft margarine
300g golden caster sugar
3 free range eggs beaten
225g semolina
110g ground almonds
1tsp baking powder
3-4 tbsp marmalade
3tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 large orange - zest and juice of
to decorate
150g dark chocolate - melted
2 balls stem ginger - chopped
pieces of crystallised orange recipe here
chopped chocolate flavoured with orange
1. Cream the margarine and sugar in a stand mixer then add the beaten eggs, keep beating to incorporate. Add the marmalade and mix.
2. Weigh out the dry ingredients and spices. Fold this into the batter and add the grated zest of one orange and the juice of the orange too. Mix again.
3. Put the batter into a well greased bundt tin. Bake in a pre heated over of 160C fan for about 40 minutes.
4. Once the bundt is cooled, move it to a board or a plate then decorate with melted dark chocolate, stem ginger slivers, crystallised orange peel and more chocolate orange chunks.

While you drool over this gorgeous cake, I'm off to tuck into my pretty chocolate wreath...hope your Christmas baking plans are going well...if its anything like this household the pressure is on!!!

Friday, 13 December 2013

Boozy Chocolate mousse - recipe

Thornton's (the chocolate/toffee people) recently sent me some of their Chocolate liquer to try and just in time for Christmas.

Its quite a creamy and rather delicious Chocolate liquer that you could put in all sorts of things including hot chocolate, and poured over ice cream if you fancy an easy way to jazz up a few things, but I thought I would try it in a dessert, as well as sampling a glass over ice (its called chefs perks...and it was GOOD!).

Chocolate mousse is not a new recipe and has been around for years in various guises, you can jazz up a chocolate mouse with all kinds of things, vanilla, chilli, ginger, coffee, spices and of course booze. This mousse was dead easy to make and would be ideal to make in advance and wow your grown up guests with. The richness of the dark chocolate offset by the creamy liquer was a really great double act.

The chocolate liquer on its own was really good too...the liquer laced mousse alongside a glass of the liquer on its own would make a great finish to any Christmas meal.

Just remember as this is an alcoholic drink this would not suit children and any designated drivers would need to take care too.

150g dark chocolate (I used Green and Blacks 70%)
2 large free range eggs separated
1tbsp golden caster sugar
125ml double cream, whipped
1 or 2 tbsp Thornton's chocolate liquer
1. Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of water that has boiled and is simmering, make sure the bowl does not come into contact with the water.
2. Once the eggs are separated beat the yolks with the sugar until pale. Add the melted chocolate and mix quickly to combine.
3. In a stand mixer beat the eggs whites until they form peaks.
4. Beat the double cream in another bowl until stiff then add the Thornton/s chocolate liquer (between 1 and 2 tablespoons) and mix.
5. Fold 2 tablespoons of the beaten egg whites into the chocolate, then add the rest of the egg whites and fold again, once incorporated fold in the whipped cream/liquer mixture, gently does it as you want this to be light and fluffy.
6. Serve in glasses with an edible festive gold star or two. Grab a spoon and dive in!

N.B. This post was not sponsored by Thornton's, but they did provide the liquer and the ingredients I used to make this recipe; all opinions on this item are are mine and Thornton's have not tried to influence my views.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Dish of the month December - Nigel Slaters' Sweet potato soup

This sweet potato soup recipe from Kitchen Diaries II (December) is so easy and straightforward to make...take peeled and chopped sweet potatoes season and roast in the oven in some groundnut oil, once roasted, blitz/blend and add coconut milk and re heat...check seasoning and hey presto! This soup is so thick and sweet you don't need anything with it...just a spoon! Just the job for winter and would be a great hit with children due to its sweet flavour.

Sadly this is my last post for 'dish of the month' for the last year myself and Janice at Farmersgirl Kitchen have worked our way through Kitchen Diaries II by Nigel Slater. We have had our highs and our lows and our comfy little tweets with Nigel himself along the way.  But mostly we really have enjoyed not just what we have made, but reading the book from cover to cover and seeing what other food bloggers make of Nigel Slaters recipes. It's been great fun and we have really enjoyed each and every entry. Thanks to everyone who has joined us so far.

December is the last month and by the 28th if you haven't entered you've missed the boat. At the end of the month we will do a round up not just of December but a look back at the whole years entires...and we will be choosing our favourites, if you can't wait that long our Pinterest board has everything in one

If you'd like to join us in 'Dish of the Month' you'd be very welcome, this is how to get involved...
  • Make a 'Dish of the Month' from ANY recipe by Nigel Slater
  • Link back to THIS blog OR to 'Farmersgirl Kitchen' 
  • Use the Dish of the Month logo (below) in your post
  • If you use twitter, tweet your post with @Heavenona_Plate OR @Farmersgirlcook and #DishoftheMonth hashtag and we will re-tweet it to our followers AND post your pictures on our special Pinterest board. 
  • If you own a copy of The Kitchen Diaries II please do not publish the recipes on your blog without permission, they are copyright.
  • If you are using any Nigel Slater recipes from the BBC Food website, please link to the recipe on BBC Food rather than publishing the recipe.  Likewise with any of Nigel's recipes on the Guardian website.
  • Only one entry per blog please.
  • Recipes must be added to the linky by the 28th of each month.
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Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Dish of the month - November round up

Dish of the month ends in December, by then Janice and I will have cooked our way though Kitchen Diaries II by Nigel Slater...its been a journey that's taken us a year and through a myriad of recipes from both Kitchen Diaries II and other sources. But the golden rule has been it must be a Nigel Slater recipe and you must blog about it.

November saw a good few entries from some lovely people who love to create Nigel Slaters recipes at home and enjoy the inspiration he shares with us through his books and articles online. This round up features a few recipes from 'Eat', which seems to be quite popular, along with several one pot or dish meals, which I just love...after  hard day at work you can't beat a one pot easy and so tasty...and not as much clearing up!

Janice and I would like to thank everyone for joining us in is the round up...don't forget to join in the last month of this challenge by 28th December 2013, where we will pick our favourite...

Until then, grab a cuppa and have a mincer ready and read on for Novembers goodies...and don't forget our Pinterest page that has every recipe made this year so far.