Archive | April, 2013

Home is where the heart is

14 Apr

What do you think of when you think of home?

For me it’s easy. My nan’s apple pie with custard.

But how to convert pie into a cake? That was today’s challenge as I dipped my toes into Derby Clandestine Cake Club.

After googling apple pie cake I only came across American recipes I couldn’t figure out how to change so I decided on an apple cake.

My first recipe was a disaster – an undercooked oily disaster to be precise. But as date night meant I didn’t have time to bake another last night, I went back to a recipe I tried in November for toffee apple cake, found on allrecipes.co.uk
I don’t know why I didn’t think of it before to be honest, as yet again it worked perfectly.

I made several attempts at custard icing and failed miserably. If any of you have a recipe or an idea I would happily accept it 🙂

In the end, with just half an hour to go until the club, I decided just to use ready made custard. Bit of a cop out I know but I had no other option.

As always my cake was by far the most rustic looking but it tasted nice.

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In case you fancy having a go, here’s the recipe:

Ingredients:
3 eggs
200g caster sugar
375g self raising flour
280g vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp salt
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
500g apple, peeled, cored and chopped

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 180C and grease 25cm cake tin
2. Beat eggs until foamy then gradually add sugar
3. Combine flour, salt and bicarbonate of soda then add to egg mixture
4. Stir in apples and transfer to tin
5. Bake for 1hr 10min or until a skewer comes out clean (mine needed an extra 10mins). Leave in tin for 10 mins and transfer to cooling rack.

And there we have it. Easy as (apple) pie!

The venue was the Aga shop in Derby which, aside from being boiling due to the Aga being on, was a lovely venue.

Aga’s have always fascinated me and I never knew how much they cost. I know I’ll never be able to afford one bit it was great to look. They also sell giant teapots which were perfect for the occasion!

I had a great time and will definitely be going to the next Derby event.

I forgot to take a picture while I was there but this gives you an idea of the yummy cakes on offer.

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Quick bakes: chocolate pudding

7 Apr

Despite a scrummy Sunday dinner this evening, I had a little bit of room left for pudding but no pudding to speak of.

Nonsense, I thought. I have a cupboard full of ingredients.

And so I turned to my Good Food app in the hope of it pointing me in the right direction.

I found chocolate muffins with hot chocolate custard.

Serves 6
Ingredients:
1tbsp cocoa powder
100g self raising flour
50g golden caster sugar
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 egg
2tbsp sunflower oil (plus extra for greasing muffin tin)
100ml skimmed milk
2 pots low fat custard
25g dark chocolate, chopped

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 170C (150C fan) and grease a six hole muffin tin.
2. Put all the dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix together then form a well in the middle.
3. Mix milk, oil and egg in a jug then pour into the dry ingredients. Beat together until mixed then pour into muffin tin.
4. Bake for 15mins or until risen and firm to the touch (I took them out at 13 and they were perfect). Turn out on wire rack and transfer to bowl.
5. Heat custard in pan then mix in the chocolate until smooth. Pour over muffin and enjoy 🙂

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Surprisingly easy and completed in under 30 minutes! Oh and only 215kcal each too!

I’ll definitely be baking these again.