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Winter Tea Cakes

13 Jan

It’s well known that we Brits love tea time. Whether it’s tea and crumpets, or tea and cake, we’ll munch through it all! Today’s post is a lovely spiced tea cake recipe, perfect with a cup of tea when it’s cold outside.

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I added some dark chocolate and raspberries to top these off, but you could also use a dollop of whipped cream or add some frosting, or just serve warm!

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Ingredients (makes 24):

  • 360g plain flour, sifted
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 340g butter or dairy free spread (I used margarine)
  • 400g caster sugar
  • 6 eggs, separated
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 250ml milk of choice
  • 200g dark chocolate (optional)
  • Raspberries or any other fruit (optional)

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 200°C
  • Grease 2 12-hole cupcake/muffin tins
  • Mix together the dry ingredients (flour/baking powder/spices) until combined
  • Cream together the butter and sugar until pale, then mix in the vanilla bean paste
  • Add in the butter+sugar mixture to the dry mix and add milk about 100ml at a time. Mix well.
  • Separate the eggs and mix in the yolks. Beat the whites until stiff peaks form
  • Fold the whites into the mixture until you cant see them and the mixture is light and fluffy
  • Divide the mixture into the cupcake tin (I use an ice cream scoop for this!)
  • Bake for 15-20 mins – until lightly browned and a skewer in the middle comes out clean
  • Transfer to wire rack and leave to cool
  • Whilst cakes are cooling, melt the chocolate in a bain-marie
  • Once cakes are cool, spread the chocolate on the top of the cakes and top with fruit of choice
  • SERVE with a nicely brewed cuppa!
*Recipe slightly adapted from Lily Vanilli

Blueberry Crumble cake

8 Jan

This is a really quick and easy cake to whip up, especially if you have a few visitors popping over and you want a little snack!

Blueberry Crumble in a Cake!

Blueberry Crumble in a Cake!

In fact forget a little snack, like me you wont be able to stop munching it! PS make this in a loaf tin for a real tea-time treat!

EAT ME!

EAT ME!

Ingredients:

  • For the crumble topping
  • 25g (1oz) plain flour
  • 10g (⅓oz) unsalted butter
  • 15g (½oz) soft light brown sugar
  • 20g whole rolled oats
  • A sprinkle of ground cinnamon
  • For the cake
  • 190g (7oz) unsalted butter at room temperature 
  • 190g plain flour
  • 190g caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 25ml semi skimmed milk
  • 100g fresh blueberries
  • 50g white chocolate chips

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 170oC, and grease and flour the loaf tin
  • Make the crumble topping first in a bowl by mixing all the dry ingredients together, then rubbing in butter with your fingers. Set aside.
  • Then onto the cake! Using a freestanding or hand mixer, cream together butter and sugar until creamy and fluffy.
  • Add in the eggs one at a time. If it looks curdled, don’t worry!
  • Then sift in the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt and mix well
  • Add in the milk and keep mixing until all lumps are gone.
  • Stir in the blueberries and white chocolate chips
  • Pour the thick batter into the tin and smooth over
  • Press crumble topping into the cake and bake for 45 mins approx
  • Leave to cool, remove from tin and serve!

Recipe adapted from Hummingbird

Foodie Weekend

26 Feb

We all need a night off from blogging and baking, even me! So last weekend, I went to Marlow for a night of R&R, and of course lots of food!

We stayed at the Crowne Plaza and decided to upgrade to a club room for a treat. This meant we had some wine and canapes before we headed out, which was a nice treat. In our room we had biccies, a kit kat and the usual tea, coffee and hot chocolate, as well as some bottled water which was a nice touch.

For dinner we booked the Marlow Bar & Grill, because it’s extensive menu caught my eye! We started with a mezze for 2, the highlight being the gorgeous squash fritters. I accompanied this with a gorgeous pomegranate cocktail that went down far too easily!

Cocktails ahoy!

Cocktails ahoy!

We were too caught up to take many food photos, but I had a gorgeous chargrilled tuna steak (rare of course) with chips and spinach, whilst the boy opted for a thai green curry which he definitely enjoyed!

To finish we had the house macarons which were enjoyable but unfortunately nothing special.

For breakfast the next day we had the hotel buffet, which was very extensive. I even had a 3 course breakfast! I started with breads, pastries and cheeses, moved onto hot with eggs, mushrooms and a hash brown, and finished with cereal!

To walk all that food off, we left the hotel and went for a lovely but cold walk by the Thames.

Beautiful views

Beautiful views

We left the hotel after a late checkout and wandered round the centre of Marlow, one lovely little high street. We ended our visit with tea at Burgers, a lovely little tea room opposite the park.

High tea!

High tea!

A fab end to a foodie weekend! Do you have anywhere foodie you like to visit?