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polenta and raisin biscuits

29 Apr 2019



It's just over a week now until I leave for Europe but on Sunday I discovered my biscuit tin was empty. I was looking for something uncomplicated to bake that would tide me over until I fly out.



I'd bookmarked this biscuit recipe in Skye McAlpine's book, A Table in Venice and it looked pretty easy to put together. The cookies are made with polenta and I like to use fine polenta for baking. I'd run out but I couldn't find any at the fruit shop where I'd last bought it. Instead I found a packet of maize flour which looked pretty similar to the polenta flour I'd used in the past.



I decided to halve the recipe because there is no way I could eat 40 biscuits before I go. I needed to make a few adjustments to the recipe though maybe because of the maize flour. The mixture was really dry so I had to use more liquid than indicated before it would come together. I also added some lemon rind to give the flavour a lift and swapped the grappa for rum, because that's all I had on hand.



Here's the recipe for you with my adjustments but there is a link to the original recipe below. For all my recipes I use a 250 ml cup, a 20 ml tablespoon, unsalted butter and 60g eggs. My oven is a conventional gas oven so if your oven is fan forced you may need to reduce the oven temperature by 20°C. 



Polenta and Raisin Biscuits, adapted from A Table in Venice by Skye McAlpine  - makes 20

Ingredients
50g raisins
10ml rum
150g maize flour
100g plain flour
½ tsp baking powder
a pinch of salt
75g caster sugar
½ tsp finely grated lemon rind
1 tbsp milk
50g salted butter, diced
1 large egg, lightly beaten

Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Cover the raisins with boiling water and soak for 10 minutes. Drain, rinse then combine the raisins and rum in a small bowl and cover with a tea towel. Leave to steep while you make the dough.

Put the maize flour, flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and lemon rind in a bowl and mix well. Put the milk and butter into a small saucepan and leave over a low heat for 1-2 minutes, until the butter has melted.

Pour this mixture into the dry ingredients and then add the egg. Add the raisins and any remaining liquid to the mixture and bring everything together. You may need to use your hands to do this.

Take heaped teaspoonfuls of the dough and shape them into small ovals, roughly the size of a walnut. Arrange them on a baking sheet lined with baking parchment, leaving a little space around each one. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until lightly golden, then transfer to a wire rack to cool. 



The biscuits will keep in an airtight container for up to a week. I've only had one of the biscuits so far with a cup of tea. The biscuit wasn't  overly sweet and has a crunchy texture from the polenta. They're definitely moreish.

See you all again.

Bye for now,

Jillian

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chocolate easter egg layer cake

22 Apr 2019



I know the Easter break is almost over but I thought I'd share this recipe with you for a chocolate layer cake, decorated with easter eggs. This isn't the first time a chocolate easter egg layer cake has appeared on the blog. This one is a completely different recipe though and one I wrote for the Everten Love to Cook blog.



The chocolate cake is adapted from a Julia Turshen recipe from her book, Small Victories. For the chocolate cream icing, I used my regular cream cheese icing recipe and kept adding stuff until it tasted good and good it was. 



Rather than slicing through cakes, I baked 4 individual 16 cm cakes. Of course you could bake this in two 16 cm tins and slice the cakes horizontally but cutting cakes evenly is not my forte.



If you'd like to make this 4 layer chocolate cake with or without the chocolate eggs, here's the recipe for you. For all my recipes I use a 250 ml cup and a 20 ml tablespoon, 60 gm eggs and unsalted butter unless specified. My oven is a conventional gas oven, not fan forced, so you may have to lower your oven temperature by 20°C.



Chocolate Easter Egg Layer Cake
1 cup (150 g) plain flour
1 cup (220 g) caster sugar
¾ cup (75 g) Dutch-processed cocoa powder, sifted 
1 tsp bicarb soda
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
110 g unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 eggs, lightly beaten
150 mls strong black coffee, at room temperature
150 mls buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla extract

Chocolate Cream Cheese Icing
30mls cream
60 g dark chocolate, finely chopped
3 tbs cocoa, sifted
60g butter, softened
125g cream cheese, softened
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups icing sugar, sifted

Easter eggs to decorate

Cake
Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F. Grease and line the base of four 16 cm cake pans with baking paper. I lightly dusted each pan with a tsp of cocoa powder.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa, bicarb soda, baking powder, and salt. Add the melted butter, eggs, coffee, buttermilk and vanilla and whisk until the batter is smooth. Divide the batter evenly among the prepared cake pans (I used scales, but you can also use a measuring cup to be accurate).

Bake until the cakes are firm to the touch about 25 minutes and a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Transfer the cakes, still in their pans, to a wire rack and let cool completely. Once cool, loosen the edges of the cakes from the pans with a knife and invert them onto your work surface. Peel and discard the baking paper then turn right side up.

Icing
To make the dark chocolate cream cheese icing, bring the cream to the boil then remove from the heat. Add the chocolate and leave to melt. When the chocolate has melted add the cocoa and to stir to make a paste. Set aside to cool. 

While the chocolate is cooling beat the butter, cream cheese and vanilla in a bowl until very pale and creamy. Gradually add the icing sugar, beating well after each addition. Add the chocolate paste to the cream cheese icing and stir well until you have a rich dark smooth icing. Refrigerate the bowl of icing to firm before decorating the cakes.



To assemble
Use a large serrated knife to level the top of each cake. Reserve the best layer for the top of the cake. Place one cake layer onto a serving plate. Spread with ¼ of the dark chocolate cream cheese icing. If your icing is very soft, refrigerate the cake to firm the icing before topping with the next cake layer. Continue to repeat this process, decorating the top of the cake with chocolate eggs then refrigerate until serving time. This is a rich cake so cut into small slices to serve.




I hope you all enjoyed your Easter break. See you all again next week with some more baking from my kitchen. I'm heading to Europe in just 2 weeks and I'm starting to get excited even though I'm still waiting on both my new passport and credit card to arrive.


See you all again soon.


Bye for now,


Jillian


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passover week 2019 - coconut meringue lemon curd cake

19 Apr 2019



Welcome to the final day of Passover Week 2019, and the last recipe is for a coconut meringue lemon curd cake. The cake was adapted from this Australian Women's Weekly recipe for an almond meringue lemon curd cake.




I was really tired when I made this and I shouldn't be let loose in the kitchen when I haven't had enough sleep. I made the curd before I went to the gym but I was in a hurry so the curd was under cooked. When I returned from the gym it still hadn't set so I had to cook it for another few minutes. I make a very similar cake using chopped dark chocolate, dates and almonds folded into meringue, which is baked at 180°C then left in the oven to cool. It has never failed me. My oven is a cool oven and I should know better than to try and bake a cake at 160°C, the suggested baking temperature but I tried anyway.



That approach didn't work. When I removed the cake from the tin I discovered it wasn't cooked through, so back it went into the oven for a further 45 minutes. I also forgot to chop the coconut flakes and it wasn't until I needed to cut the cake that I realised my error. Eventually I managed to get something edible, but it took twice the time it should.



Here's the recipe for a 17cm coconut meringue lemon curd cake with updated instructions. Double all the ingredients if you'd like to make a 23 cm cake and the baking time will remain the same. For all my recipes I use a 250 ml cup, a 20 ml tablespoon, unsalted butter and 60g eggs. My oven is a conventional gas oven so if your oven is fan forced you may need to reduce the oven temperature by 20°C. 



You’ll need to start this recipe the day before serving. Make the curd first, followed by the cake. I decorated the cake with some home made candied lemon rind but that step isn't necessary. The blueberries are enough.

Coconut meringue cake
75g coconut flakes
2 egg whites
½ cup caster sugar
60g white chocolate, grated coarsely
1 cup cream
Lemon curd
1 punnet fresh blueberries

Lemon curd
2 egg yolks
½ cup caster sugar
⅓ cup lemon juice 
Finely grated rind of 1 lemon
60 g (2 oz) softened unsalted butter

Lemon Curd
Whisk the egg yolks, sugar, juice and rind in a heatproof bowl until just combined. Place bowl in the microwave and cook on medium high for 5- 6 minutes, whisking every minute, until the curd thickens to the consistency of whipped cream. Strain the curd through a fine sieve. Add butter to the lemon curd a little at a time, whisking well between additions. Cover the curd with plastic wrap and refrigerate to chill and set (at least 4 hours or overnight).

Coconut Meringue Cake
Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F. Insert the base of a 17cm spring-form pan upside down to make cake easier to remove. Grease and line the tin with baking paper.

Spread coconut in a single layer on an oven tray; roast uncovered until the flakes are golden. Cool then chop finely.

Beat egg whites with 2 tbs of the sugar in a small bowl with an electric mixer until firm peaks form. Add remaining sugar; beat on high speed 5 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Fold in the grated chocolate and the chopped toasted coconut. Spread mixture into pan then bake meringue for about 45 minutes until lightly coloured and the top is dry. Leave the cake to cool in the switched off oven with the door ajar.

Remove the cake from the tin and discard the baking paper. Beat the cream in a small bowl until soft peaks form. Divide in half returning one portion to the fridge. Mix 3-4 tbs lemon curd into the remaining cream or to taste. Beat again until thickened then spoon the curd mixture onto meringue. Refrigerate the cake overnight. 




Just before serving spoon remaining whipped cream onto cake; top with blueberries. Serve immediately.

I took the cake into work and it was declared 'frigging delicious". I really do need to make this one again but properly next time. I do hope you enjoyed Passover Week 2019. In just under 3 weeks I'll be heading overseas so for the next few weeks, expect a slew of travel photos.

See you all again soon.

Bye for now,

Jillian

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passover week 2019 - churros with salted caramel sauce

18 Apr 2019



I have a confession to make. I've never eaten churros before, let alone made any. I also don't eat deep fried food so what possessed me to make churros is beyond me.



I found a recipe on the internet and discovered that churros are essentially fried choux pastry usually served with chocolate sauce but on this occasion, salted caramel sauce.





Now matzo meal makes excellent choux pastry (don't ask me how or why) so I figured I could easily convert the recipe to make passover churros. 



I made the choux dough, piped it, deep fried it, rolled it in cinnamon sugar then had to stop myself from eating the entire batch. They were so good!



Here's the recipe for you. For all my recipes I use a 250 ml cup, a 20 ml tablespoon, unsalted butter and 60g eggs. 

Churros with salted caramel sauce – makes 24

Ingredients
250ml (1 cup) water
80g unsalted butter
1 tablespoon caster sugar
1 cup superfine matzo meal
Large pinch salt
2 eggs, at room temperature
100g (½ cup) caster sugar, extra, to roll
½ tsp cinnamon
Vegetable oil, to deep fry

Salted caramel sauce
100g (½ cup) caster sugar
60ml (¼ cup) water
80ml (⅓ cup) double cream
Sea salt flakes

Salted caramel sauce
Stir sugar and water in a saucepan over low heat, brushing down the side of pan occasionally with a wet pastry brush for 5 minutes or until the sugar dissolves. Increase heat to high. Bring to the boil. Boil the caramel, without stirring, for 5 minutes or until deep golden. Remove from the heat and carefully stir in the cream (mixture may spit). Set caramel sauce aside for 15 minutes to thicken slightly. Add a sprinkle of sea salt flakes to taste.

Churros
Stir the water, butter and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat until mixture comes to the boil. Add matzo meal and salt and stir with a wooden spoon for 1 minute or until the dough comes away from the side of the pan. Set aside for 5 minutes.

Transfer dough to a large bowl. Use electric beaters to beat eggs into dough, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition, until well combined. Spoon into a large piping bag fitted with a 1.5 cm fluted nozzle. Place the extra sugar on a plate and stir in the cinnamon until well combined.

Pour oil into saucepan to reach a depth of 6 cm. Heat oil over medium heat until it reaches 180°C . Pipe four 12 cm lengths into oil, cutting dough with a knife. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until golden. Drain on paper towel. Toss in the cinnamon sugar. Repeat with remaining dough, reheating oil. Serve hot with the caramel sauce.



These were delicious plain but with the salted caramel sauce. Ooh la la! The salted caramel sauce was so good one of my workmates asked if she could take the leftovers home with her.




I'd run not walk to make these again next Passover. See you all tomorrow with the last of my Passover bakes for 2019.

Bye for now,

Jillian
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passover week 2019 - chocolate nemesis cake

17 Apr 2019




The recipe for the River Cafe's chocolate nemesis cake has been around for a long time but until now I'd never attempted it. With Passover just around the corner it seemed a perfect time to make this flourless chocolate cake but I won't say making this cake went smoothly. 



The recipe I followed recommended allowing the cake to cool whilst still in the water bath. Unfortunately despite my careful wrapping, the springform tin sprang a leak and when I unmoulded the cake I found the base very runny. I re-wrapped the cake tin in plastic wrap, followed by 2 layers of foil which I tied up with string and returned the cake to the oven and baked it for another hour until the base had reset.



The original recipe makes a huge cake so I've scaled the recipe down to make a 17cm cake. The original recipe can be found hereWhile I made the cake using butter I'm sure you could use a mild flavoured olive oil to make the cake, rendering it gluten free, dairy free and Passover friendly. 



Here's the recipe for you which makes a 17cm cake with my revised baking instructions. For all my recipes I use a 250 ml cup, a 20 ml tablespoon, unsalted butter and 60g eggs. My oven is a conventional gas oven so if your oven is fan forced you may need to reduce the oven temperature by 20°C.



The Chocolate Nemesis Cake – adapted from the River Cafe

Ingredients
220g dark chocolate 70%, broken into small pieces
100g unsalted butter, softened
3 whole eggs
Pinch salt
¾ cup caster sugar
¼ cup water

Method
Preheat the oven to 170°C. Grease a 17cm cake tin and dust it with cocoa powder tapping out any excess then line the base of the pan with baking paper. If using a spring form pan, wrap plastic wrap around the tin before taking a piece of aluminium foil and wrapping it around the cake tin making sure it goes all the way up to the outer rim. The cake will be baked in a bain marie and the plastic wrap and foil should stop any water leaking into the cake mixture.

Melt the chocolate and butter in a double boiler or in the microwave, removing as soon as the butter has melted. Stir until the chocolate has completely melted then set aside. In a small pan heat the remaining sugar with the water and cook gently until the sugar completely dissolves forming a syrup. Pour the hot syrup over the chocolate and butter mixture and stir to combine. Set aside and allow to cool slightly.

In a stand mixer, beat the eggs with a ¼ cup caster sugar and a pinch of salt for 10 minutes or until they've quadrupled in volume. Reduce the speed of the mixer and slowly add the warm chocolate and syrup mixture to the eggs and continue to beat gently until combined. The mixture will lose volume. Pour the mixture into the cake tin and rap firmly on the bench top to remove any air bubbles 

Cover the top of the cake with a piece of foil. Put a folded tea towel into the bottom of a deep sided oven dish and place the cake on top. This will prevent the cake moving around. Pour hot water into the pan so that it comes halfway up the sides of the pan. Bake for 1¼ hours or until set. Remove the cake from pan of water and let it completely cool (at least 2 hours) before turning out of the tin. Store in the fridge until needed but bring to room temperature before serving.



The cake is delicious but really rich so serve small slices with a dollop of cream and a few raspberries. It’s equally good a few days later.

See you all again tomorrow with some more Passover baking.

Bye for now,

Jillian
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passover week 2019 - raspberry almond squares

16 Apr 2019




When I made the Louise cake with plums from Sweet by Ottolenghi and Helen Goh, I thought it would be quite easy to make a Passover friendly version.




The original Louise cake has a lemon flavoured shortbread base topped with raspberry jam and a layer of coconut meringue. For this incarnation I went back to the original raspberry jam layer but swapped the coconut in the meringue for flaked almonds.



I had a small piece as I was worried the jam would make the squares too sweet but my slice tasted just fine. I took this into work and waited for comments. No one seemed to notice anything untoward so I was satisfied I'd met my brief. 



Here's the recipe for you which makes 9 squares. For all my recipes I use a 250 ml cup, a 20 ml tablespoon, unsalted butter and 60g eggs. My oven is a conventional gas oven so if your oven is fan forced you may need to reduce the oven temperature by 20°C.

Raspberry almond squares
Base
75g unsalted butter, softened 
¼ cup caster sugar
1 tsp finely grated lemon rind
½ cup superfine matzo meal
15g potato starch
Pinch salt
¼ cup almond meal
½ cup raspberry jam or jam of your choice

Meringue Topping
30 g flaked almonds, lightly toasted
2 large egg whites 
pinch salt
scant ½ cup caster sugar
Seeds of ½ vanilla bean
½ tsp lemon juice
½ tsp potato starch

Method
Heat the oven to 180°C.  Line the base and sides of a 7 inch square high-sided cake tin with baking parchment. 

To make the base, place the butter, sugar and lemon rind into a food processor and mix until the butter is light and creamy. Into a separate bowl, sift the matzo meal, the potato starch and salt then stir in the almond meal. Pour the flour mixture into the food processor and whiz. Spoon the mixture into the prepared cake tin and level the top with a spoon.  Bake for 10-15 minutes until lightly golden. 

While the base is baking prepare the meringue topping. To make the meringue, in the bowl of a stand mixer whisk the egg whites and salt on medium-high speed until soft peaks from. Add the sugar a tablespoon at a time and continue whisking on a high speed until the egg whites become stiff and glossy. Add the vanilla seeds, lemon juice and potato starch and whisk again. Finally, add the toasted flaked almonds. 

Spread the hot base with jam, then topping. Swirl the meringue around in order to get rough waves and peaks.  Bake for 40 minutes at 180°C or until the meringue has formed a crust and is lightly coloured. 



If the meringue is browning too quickly you may need to shield the top with a piece of baking paper. Remove the cake from the oven and allow it to cool for at least 30 minutes before removing from the tin. Cut into 9 squares to serve.

See you all again tomorrow with some more baking for Passover week 2019.

Bye for now,

Jillian
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passover week 2019 - blood orange marmalade cakes

15 Apr 2019



Welcome to Passover week 2019. Some of these recipes have been lurking in my Passover folder since last year whilst others I've recently located. The recipe for these blood orange marmalade cakes is a bit of a hybrid. I found a recipe for a gluten free mandarin orange blossom cake in a magazine, then realised it could be eaten at Passover and made dairy free as well with minimal tweaking.



Flicking through my copy of 
the Cook and Baker cookbook, I saw a picture of some mandarin marmalade cakes topped with flaked almonds and home made marmalade and completely stole the idea to come up with these little cakes.



I have a bottle of homemade blood orange marmalade hiding in the cupboard, so pulled it out to make these cakes. I figure you could use any Passover friendly homemade jam or marmalade to make these cakes. I'd pick something with a bit of tang and you could always change the citrus peel to match the flavour of the jam you use.



The original recipe used melted butter but I swapped it for olive oil to make the recipe dairy free.



Here's the recipe for you. For all my recipes I use a 250 ml cup, a 20 ml tablespoon, unsalted butter and 60g eggs. My oven is a conventional gas oven so if your oven is fan forced you may need to reduce the oven temperature by 20°C. 

Blood orange marmalade cakes - makes 9 small cakes
Ingredients
2 eggs separated
Pinch salt
⅓ cup caster sugar
1 cup almond meal
30mls olive oil
2 tsp grated orange zest 
⅓ cup marmalade
¼ cup flaked almonds

Preheat oven to 170°C. Place 9 cupcake liners into a muffin tin or grease and line the base of each tin with a small piece of baking paper. I also floured the tins with some superfine matzo meal.

Place egg whites with a pinch of salt in a bowl and beat to soft peaks. Gradually add the caster sugar beating until dissolved. Continue to beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold in the egg yolks. Fold the almond meal, olive oil and orange zest through. Spoon into pans. 

Sprinkle a few flaked almonds over the tops of the cakes. Dollop a spoonful of marmalade over each cake then sprinkle remaining flaked almonds over the marmalade. Bake 25 – 30 minutes until the cakes are cooked when tested with a skewer. Cool completely in tin. Before serving you can sprinkle over some homemade icing sugar or leave plain.



I took these into work and they were a surprise hit particularly with my gluten free colleague.

See you all again tomorrow with some more Passover treats.

Bye for now,

Jillian

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chocolate ricotta cheesecake

8 Apr 2019



With Easter eggs on the shelves in the supermarket and chocolate on my mind and some leftover ricotta in the fridge which I didn't want to go to waste, I decided to make a cheesecake. I thought I'd try my hand at making a chocolate cheesecake. 




I think I made a chocolate cheesecake many years ago but with no recipe at hand I turned to the internet for help. I found this recipe online which included ricotta in the filling and went to work adapting it. 



I realised it would be quite easy to make the whole thing gluten free, so I used gluten free flour to make the base. The base was a bit more crumbly than usual but otherwise seemed to turn out okay. To jazz it up a bit I used some dark chocolate coconut shards I found lurking in my fridge.



The filling is softly set and with only a small amount of sugar, barely sweet. If you like your desserts on the sweeter side, you could easily increase the sugar to ½ cup.



Chocolate ricotta cheesecake
Base
75 grams unsalted butter
2 tbs caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
½ cup plain flour (regular or gluten free)
2 tbs cocoa
¼ cup almond meal 
Pinch salt

Filling
175g 70% dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
250g cream cheese, softened
250g ricotta
⅓ cup caster sugar
75ml thickened cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 eggs, separated
1 tbs caster sugar extra
Chocolate curls, to garnish

Method
Preheat oven to 180°C, butter the base and sides of a 20 cm-diameter spring form cake tin. 

Cream the butter, sugar and vanilla together until light and creamy. Sift the flour with the cocoa into a small bowl and stir through the almond meal and a pinch of salt. Add to the butter mixture and combine until the mixture forms a soft dough. Press the mixture into the base of the tin, bringing it slightly up the sides. Bake 15-20 minutes or until the base is dry, then remove from the oven and cool to room temperature. Once cool, wrap a layer of plastic wrap around the base and sides of the tin followed by 2 layers of foil (this prevents water seeping into the pan while cooking in the water bath).

Reduce the oven temperature to 160°C. Place the chocolate and all the cream in a bowl over a pan of gently simmering water until it has melted or you can do this stage in a microwave oven. Set aside to cool slightly. 

Place the cream cheese, ricotta, caster sugar and vanilla extract in a food processor and process until smooth. Add the eggs yolks, one at a time, until combined. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until stiff peaks form then beat in the extra caster sugar. Carefully fold the egg whites into the mixture. Fold through the chocolate until just combined.  

Pour the chocolate mixture over the biscuit base and smooth the top. Place in a roasting pan and pour boiling water into the roasting pan to come halfway up the sides of the spring-form pan. Bake in the oven for 1½ hours. The cake will still have a slight wobble. Turn the oven off and leave in the oven for about 1 hour to cool, then remove from the water bath, remove the foil and plastic wrap. Once completely cold, refrigerate overnight.



Serve the cheesecake garnished with some chocolate curls. To make clean cuts, dip a knife into boiling water then wipe dry before cutting a slice. You’ll need to repeat this step between each cut.

I still have one more item to bake but otherwise it's full steam ahead for the annual Passover Week on the blog. See you all again next week for Passover Week 2019.

Bye for now,

Jillian

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orange, semolina and coconut syrup cakes

1 Apr 2019



A few weeks ago saw a photo of some little orange cakes on instagram and upon investigation, found they were from Ottolenghi. I did a bit of digging and found a few recipes online for a semolina, coconut and marmalade cake with orange blossom syrup from Jerusalem by Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi. I wanted to make smaller cakes so the recipe I came up with was an amalgamation of the original recipe and one by Helen Goh, and with no orange blossom water in the house I topped the cakes with some orange syrup.





As with all Ottolenghi recipe I knew the cakes would be bursting with flavour. As well as semolina, coconut and almond meal the recipe calls for orange marmalade. I checked through my cupboards and located the last bottle of blood orange marmalade from my stash. There is another marmalade based cake recipe coming your way soon, so once blood oranges return to the shops I'll have to make another batch of marmalade.




The recipe is pretty quick to put together so these little cakes were in the oven in no time. Here's the recipe for you which makes one small loaf cake or 4 mini loaf cakes. For all my recipes I use a 250 ml cup, a 20 ml tablespoon, unsalted butter and 60g eggs. My oven is a conventional gas oven so if your oven is fan forced you may need to reduce the oven temperature by 20°C.




Orange, semolina and coconut syrup cakes – adapted from this Helen Goh recipe

Ingredients
90g fine semolina
35g self-raising flour
55g caster sugar
35g desiccated coconut
1 tbs almond meal
½ tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
80 g marmalade, plus extra ¼ cup for glazing
2 eggs
125 ml freshly squeezed orange juice
⅓ cup sunflower or canola oil
1 orange, zested

Syrup
1 tbs water
2 tbs caster sugar
75 mls orange juice

Cake Method
Preheat the oven to 190°C (170°C fan-forced). Grease, flour and line the bases of 4 mini loaf tins.

Place semolina, flour, sugar, coconut, almond meal, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Whisk lightly to combine.

If your marmalade is chunky, then blitz it with a stick blender. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, orange juice, oil, marmalade and zest together, then pour into the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix until combined. Spoon the mixture into the 4 tins so they are just over three-quarters up the sides. Place into preheated oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.

While the cakes are cooking, make the syrup by placing the water and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to the boil and stir until sugar dissolves. Add the orange juice and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 minute, remove from heat.

When the cakes are cooked, remove from the oven and spoon the warm syrup over the top while still in their moulds. Allow to cool for 5 minutes, then use a small spatula to ease the cakes out of the moulds and onto a serving plate.

Heat the extra marmalade in a small saucepan with a tablespoon of water until warm and runny, then use a pastry brush to brush the tops of the cakes lightly. Serve as they are with a nice cup of tea or with a dollop of cream.



April has arrived which means Easter isn't too far away. This year Passover coincides with Easter, starting on Good Friday. For the past few weeks I've been chained to the kitchen baking for Passover Week, which will start Monday April 15. So far I've baked 4 items with just one left to bake. As I've been baking for the blog as well plus doing some work for Everten, it's been a busy time. I'll be glad to have a bit of a break from washing up all those dishes.

See you all again next week with some more baking from my kitchen.

Bye for now,

Jilliam

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