Strawberry Fresh Cream Cake

Flavor doesnt have to be complicated, this cake is simplicity itself just a basic 2 layer sponge cake with fresh strawberry’s and fresh cream. Decorated with a few mint leaves and edible flowers.

We went and picked our own Strawberry’s from the farm down the road, but I must admit to tasting more than a couple before putting any in the basket.

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Similar to :

orange cake

chocolate orange cake

Ingredients:

5 eggs minus the shells, weighed

= Weight of Self raising flour.

= Weight of Caster Sugar

= Weight of salted Butter

1/2 tsp Baking powder

1 Pinch of salt

1/2 tsp Vanilla extract

600ml Double or whipping Cream


Procedure:

Put a bowl on the scales and zero the scales.

Crack the eggs into the bowl and weigh them.

then add equal weights of flour, caster sugar and butter, along with the salt, baking powder and vanilla extract.

Whisk till all is combined and smooth.

Poor into 2 lined 200mm tins and cook at 170° in the middle of the oven for 20-25 minutes.

Reliece from the tin and place on a cooling rack.

When cooled, level the cakes with a cake saw.

whip your cream and spread a thin layer of cream on the bottom layer and cover with thinly sliced fresh strawberry’s add more cream on top of the strawberrys and spread out evenly.

Add the second layer of cake and cover with the rest of the cream, taking your time to get an even coating.

Place strawberry’s every where you think needs them.

If you have some edible flowers, and a few tender mint shoots they will make your cake stand out.

Chicken Soup or Cream of chicken soup

In need of a hug? Feeling under the weather? Or just need something tasty

Chicken soup has acquired the reputation of a folk remedy for colds and influenza, and in many countries is considered a comfort food.

Chicken Soup

Goes well with:


Ingredients:

  • 100g Potatoes.(peeled and chopped small)
  • 2 Sticks Celery.
  • 1 Medium Carrot
  • 1 Knob of Butter.
  • 1Large Onion.
  • 1 Bunch Parsley.
  • 1 chicken carcass.
  • 1 ltr Chicken stock.
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp Thyme
  • 150ml Cream (for cream of chicken soup)

Procedure:

  • Roughly chop the celery, carrot and onion and sweat in the butter for 10 minutes.
  • Poor in the Stock and add the carcass and potatoes
  • Season and simmer for 30-40 minutes check your seasoning and remove the bones and blitz with a food processor or stick blender to the consistency you desire.
  • Season again and add  chopped parsley, Oregano and Thyme and simmer for a further 10 minutes
  • Serve with cream or double cream.

  • As an alternative you can poor the soup through a muslin cloth to give a clear type soup without losing flavour.
  • or add a little heavy cream and blitz the lot to make a smooth cream of chicken soup

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Spaghetti Carbonara

A warm evening and eating outside is great. Get the family and friends around the table and poor yourself a good beer or a decent drop of plonk and rustle up a good Carbonara and let the memories of a good evening build. or do the same at lunchtime. a good idea is to do a big pot of this as a side at a BBQ.

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Full easy recipe here

Orange cake

OK, so here’s the deal, My stepdaughter has a new food mixer for Christmas and wanted to start baking cakes. Not a problem, but she has it in her head that I am some sort of baking expert,(i’m not, far from it in fact) But I said I will judge her work honestly (In our house, honesty always when dealing with food) She made a Vicky sponge and to be honest for a first try I thought it wasn’t to bad but did have some areas that needed addressing, It was a little dense and the cream in the middle was a little over whipped, but as I said, I’m no cake maker, but I thought if I’m going to critique her cakes I had better have some knowledge to back it up, so I found several recipes on line and picked out 2 different but similar ones and combined them, and I am a bit of a sucker for oranges so came up with this one. It worked the cake was light and airy and just the right flavor and the cream was whipped to perfection ( I always over whip normally ) Im just waiting for her to finish work and come home and judge my work.

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 Ingredients:

3 or 4 eggs minus the shells, weighed

= Weight of Self raising flour.

= Weight of Caster Sugar

= Weight of salted Butter

1/2 tsp Baking powder

1 Pinch of salt

1/4 tsp Vanilla extract

Zest of 1 Orange

300ml Double or whipping Cream

Shredless Marmalade


Procedure:

Put a bowl on the scales and zero the scales.

Crack the eggs into the bowl and weigh them.

then add equal weights of flour, caster sugar and butter, along with the salt, baking powder, Orange zest and vanilla extract.

Whisk till all is combined and smooth.

Poor into a lined tin and cook at 170° in the middle of the oven for 20-25 minutes.

Reliece from the tin and place on a cooling rack.

When cooled, cut the cake in half and spread orange marmalade on the base (not to thick).

whip your cream and spread over the marmalade and and carefully replace the cake top.

Dust with Icing sugar.