Now did anyone watch The Great British Bake for Comic Relief this week, and did you laugh as much as I did?. It made me feel a whole heap better about my attempt at yet another Mary Berry recipe! In fact what happened would have been perfectly in keeping with the bakes attempted by the celebrities.
Oven at 180C Gas 4
Cake tin 30x23cm
175g butter- softened
175g caster sugar
225g SR flour
1 1/2 level tsp baking powder
3 large eggs
1tbsp coffee essence or 2tsp instant coffee in 1 tbsp hot water
Now the recipe says beat the above together, but I creamed the butter and sugar then added flour in the usual way.
Bake in the oven for 30-35 mins. Leave to cool in the tin. Do not take out of the tin
This is where it went horribly wrong. I will tell you. The Recipe says
115g light brown sugar
280g icing sugar
Melt the butter, brown sugar and milk gently until the sugar dissolves then boil briskly for 3 minutes. So far so good.
Then… Remove from the heat and add the icing sugar gradually, beat till smooth . Spread quickly over the cake and sprinkle over 25g chopped walnuts.
It instantly became obvious to me that the fudge could not take all that icing sugar. After a couple of spoonfuls I just had tiny lumps of fudge. BUT I had a friend coming for tea, I needed the cake. Scene as you see on Bake off now ensued!!
Trying not to panic I put most of the icing sugar back in the packet. I put the pan back onto the heat, added a bit more butter and milk , stirred and hoped for the best, and all was ok.
On reading other recipes for fudge icing it is clear that there is far too much icing sugar and not enough milk in this recipe. I will try another recipe.
Cake and fudge icing very nice, but it is clear I still don’t have the Bakes Like Berry.
So pleased the Great British Bake Off did well in the TV awards! During January my mind always turns to Marmalade, must be the Seville oranges that appear in the greengrocers. And I always have to tell myself not to make any as we just don’t consume enough of it. I had half a jar in the cupboard, and all of a sudden this week I fancied a marmalade cake. Time to turn to my Mary Berry cookery book. This one is YUM!
Cake tin 12 x 9 inch or 30x23cm, greased and bottom lined with baking parchement
Oven at 180C (fan 160C) gas 4
175g soft butter
175g caster sugar
175g currants- I didn’t have any so used up the dried cranberries
3 large eggs
250g SR flour
11/2 tsp baking powder
50g glace cherries
2 level tbsp marmalade
3 tbsp milk
I creamed the butter and sugar, then added the eggs one at a time then the rest of the ingredients. Put in tin and bake for 40-45 minutes.
Mr E liked it so much he had TWO pieces! Maybe not as marmaladey as I would have liked but jolly nice after a walk with a cup of tea.
Would love to hear of any other marmalade recipes, if you have any.
After a couple of weeks off baking due to Birthday Cake ( mine) I baked another cake from Mary Berry’s 100 Sweet Treats and Puds. Finally I have the Bakes like Berry to hoot and hallooh about. This one is great, super, gorgeous,and divine, the sponge is as soft and light as can be , in short SCRUMMY!
Guernsey Apple Cake
(why Guernsey,but if all the cake on Guernsey is like this I need to visit)
7″ cake tin- round
8oz SR flour
grated zest of 1 lemon
1 level tsp baking powder
8oz light brown sugar
2 big eggs
6oz eating apples, peeled, cored and chopped
icing sugar to dust after baking
oven 160C/gas 6
Line and butter the cake tin
Mix all the ingredients bar the apples in a bowl. Then fold in the chopped apples.Bake for 1-1 1/2 hours till done
Cool in the tin for 10 minutes then turn out and dust with the icing sugar.
It did dip in the middle but then so does the one in the book
Here’s my piece
Love to hear of any baking plans this weekend
This week from the book by Mary Berry called 100 Sweet treats and puds I tried some double ginger muffins. I do not like these muffins over much. Described as more like a scone than a cake they aren’t like either as far as I am concerned. However heated up a little and served with Rhubarb and ginger jam, they are just about ok.
And we shall plough through them! It occurred to me that maybe I am breaking some hideous law by writing out the recipes from this book, albeit in my own words, and as this recipe isn’t too good, I shall not bother, but instead advise you miss this one if you have the book. Better luck next week I hope.
I was a little disappointed that Richard didn’t win the Bake Off last night but you are only as good as your last bake! Fortunately for me the next ginger recipe I tried from 100 Sweet Treats and Puds by Mary Berry was a success.
Ginger bread Traybake
Strange when I think about it that although I had three strapping sons I never made a tray bake before. Just ordinary sized cakes. This one was perfect for what I had in mind at the weekend.
Oven 160C or gas 3. 30x23cm tin
Heat together gently 10 0z golden syrup, 10 oz black treacle,8 oz light brown sugar, 8 oz butter until blended,do not boil
Remove from heat and stir in 1lb SR flour, 1 level tsp of ground ginger.
Add 4 large beaten eggs and 4 tbsp milk
Pour into tin and bake for 45-50 mins
When cool ice with glace icing made up of 8oz icing sugar and 2 tbsp water ( I needed more water than that)
Sprinkle on 2 oz chopped stem ginger
It was nice enough to take to share for this
Here it is
here’s the real start of the show!
with her Mummy and her Daddy
Happy Birthday little one!
More ginger recipes to come….
Anyone baking this week?