Tuesday, April 15, 2008

St Clement's Surprise Pudding

Looking over the web, versions of this recipe have a bad press. Just get lots of air into it and you should be fine. These are obviousy great hot, but when cold it goes to a kind of egg custard which is also very nice. I made some of the mixture intoa big puddding and the rest in to little puddings in ramakins. I adpated the recipe from the bbc website.

1 orange
2 lemons
100g/3½oz unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
200g/6oz vanilla sugar or plain caster sugar
4 medium free-range eggs, separated
75g/3oz plain flour
500ml/17fl oz milk

1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
2. Butter a 2 litre/3½ pint shallow ovenproof dish.

3. Grate the zest from one of the lemons and the orange, then squeeze the juice of all three.

4. Cream the butter with the sugar and lemon and orange zest. Beat in the egg yolks one by one. Do not panic if the mixture curdles.

5. Next beat in the flour a spoonful at a time, alternating with slurps of milk and orange and lemon juice.

6. Once that is all in, whisk the egg whites until they form stiff peaks, and fold lightly into the batter.

7. Pour the mixture into the baking dish, then stand the dish in a roasting tin.

8. Pour enough boiling water around the dish to come about halfway up the sides.

9. Bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes until the pudding is golden brown.

10. Serve hot or warm, with or without cream.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Shed Cake

Don't ask me how or why!

Friday, March 21, 2008

Cherry and Almond Cake

This cake is just divine. Its an ideal present cake for Easter or Christmas. It looks fantastic. I got the recipe from the Good Food Magazine.

200g butter, at room temperature
200g caster sugar
4 eggs beaten
200g self-raising flour
200g glacé cherries, chopped
100g ground almonds
3 drops almond extract
250g marzipan
50g blanched almonds, halved lengthways
1 tsp icing sugar, for dusting
1. Preheat the oven to 160°C/gas 3. Grease a deep 20cm round cake tin and line the base and sides with greaseproof paper.
2. Put the butter and sugar in a bowl and beat until light and creamy, 2-3 minutes. Pour in the eggs a little at a time and beat well after each addition. Mix in the flour one third at a time.
3. Fold in the cherries, ground almonds and almond extract until evenly mixed. Spoon half the mixture into the tin.
4. Roll out the marzipan to a 19cm circle. Lay this on top of the cake mixture in the tin, then cover with the rest of the mixture. Level with the back of a spoon and scatter the almonds on top.
5. Bake in the oven for 1 1/2 hours, covering with foil after 1 hour if it shows signs of burning. The cake is done when it shrinks away from the side of the tin and a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tin for 20 minutes then turn out onto a wire rack and leave to cool completely. Dust with icing sugar before serving.