Category: Sweet

Spicy Ginger Loaf Cake

This is a beautifully spiced and moist cake which is great for Autumnal evenings with a cup of tea. Quick to make, the cake is best left for a couple of days to improve the flavour. Ingredients: 60g butter, cubed 100g golden syrup 25g black treacle 100g plain flour 25g self raising flour 2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda 2 heaped tsp ground ginger 1 tsp mixed spice 100g caster sugar pinch of salt 125 ml milk 1 egg, beaten For the syrup: 100g caster sugar 100 ml water 2 tsp ground ginger Method: Grease and...

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Spiced Banana Bread with Pecans

It’s midwinter and although sunny outside today, very cold here in the NSW Southern Highlands of Australia. The wood-fired oven is preheated almost every afternoon, and the temptation to bake inspires me to create this comforting banana bread. The addition of spices fills the kitchen with a wonderful aroma as I open the oven. Quick! Eat it whole warm, served with a hot chocolate, or your favourite tea or coffee. Makes 10 slices Ingredients  3 ripe bananas, mashed  1 cup soft brown sugar, firmly packed 2 large free range eggs  1 tbsp honey  1/2 tsp vanilla extract  1/2 cup fat free Greek-style yoghurt...

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How to make a Chocolate Drip Cake

Drip cakes are all the rage these days- they are really easy and great fun to make Perfect for a friend or relatives birthday and you can put any topping that you like on them Here’s how : You will need : Equipment: 1 x 6″ round tin – greased and lined I x hollow dowel or wooden skewers Ingredients : Ingredients for one 6″ round Madeira cake- you will need 2 of these 6 oz Self Raising Flour 2 oz Plain Flour 6 oz Caster Sugar 6 oz Margarine 3 Eggs 1 tsp Vanilla Essence Strawberry or Raspberry...

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Almond Bites “Pastini di Mandorle”

These sweet, crisp, crumbly biscuits are enhanced by a topping of homemade jam and slivered almonds, and are an irresistible treat with your favourite beverage. I like them with an aromatic tea served in fine bone china. Ingredients makes about 40 115g softened butter 200g caster sugar 115g almond meal 1 egg, beaten almond essence 115g plain flour 1 tsp baking powder 3 tsp plum or berry jam 40g slivered almonds Method Preheat the oven to 200C. Line two or three baking sheets with baking paper. Place butter and sugar in mixing bowl. Beat until pale and well combined....

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Moist and Delicious Banana Bread

This is a great idea for fussy children to get them to eat two of their five a day – it’s full of goodness and delicious too. You will need: 1 large loaf tin- lined Ingredients: 4oz Butter 4oz Brown sugar 1 Large Egg 4-5 Large Bananas 3-4 tbsp Vanilla Yoghurt 1 tsp Vanilla Essence 8oz Plain Flour 1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon 8oz Raisins Method: Blend the butter and sugar together and add the egg and beat in. Mash the bananas and add them to the bowl with the yoghurt and vanilla essence –...

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Light and Spicy Hot Cross Buns

These delightful spicy fruit laden buns have long been an Easter tradition along with the chocolate egg. In England, hot cross buns are marked with a cross. The cross is connected with religious offerings of bread. Traditionally they are eaten during Lent, in the week leading up to Easter. They mark the end of Lent, the cross representing the crucification of Jesus. In 1592 Queen Elizabeth I decreed hot cross buns were too special to be eaten any day and could only be sold on Good Friday, Christmas or for burials.Click To Tweet The buns were also believed to...

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