Citrus Almond/LSA Cake

Citrus almond/LSA cake 

Adapted from NEFF’s Sample Recipe Collection

 Ingredients:

  • 450g oranges or clementines (about 7)
  • 310g ground almonds (I used LSA mix – in my opinion, pure ground almond is better)
  • 140g caster sugar
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 lemon (zest and juice)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • Icing sugar for dusting
  • Seasonal berries (I used frozen berries to serve)

Directions:

  1. Place whole oranges (peel and all) in a saucepan filled with boiling water (about 1L) and boil for 30 minutes. Drain and remove all seeds when oranges have cooled.
  2. Preheat oven to 160C. Line a springform cake tin (20cm/8inch) with baking paper.
  3. Place all of the other ingredients and oranges in a food processor and blitz until it forms a thick and smooth batter.
  4. Place mixture into the cake tin and bake for 1hour and 10 minutes or until cake is cooked (stick skewer in the middle of cake and it should come out clean). Take the cake out of the oven and leave cake in tin until cool (roughly 30 minutes) before turning it out.
  5. Dust the cake with icing sugar and serve with fresh berries (or frozen, like I did)

Note: If you have a NEFF oven, put it on the CircoTherm setting.

 

 

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Honey and Vanilla Madeleines

Hi again! Over the past few months I have been taking pictures of all of my creations but haven’t had quite the time to upload them on here. So over the upcoming days/weeks, I’ll slowly release them here. Today I bring to you some delicious madeleines! I love how it makes the house smell, so buttery and sweet. I especially love how they have a light subtle crunch on the outside when fresh. Sadly, this is lost once stored in a box, but don’t fret, they still are yummy nevertheless!

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 Honey and vanilla madeleine recipe

Recipe was adapted from BBC GoodFood

Makes roughly 20-25 mini madeleines or 15 regular sized madeleines

 Ingredients:

  • 100g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 100g butter, melted
  • 1 whole egg, separated, plus 1 egg white
  • 1 tbsp clear honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 200g Melted chocolate (optional)

 Directions

  1. Heat oven to 190C or 170C for fan forced. Butter up your madeleine tin and dust with some plain flour.
  2. Mix the flour and sugar in a bowl.
  3. In separate bowl, whisk the butter, egg yolk, honey and vanilla until mixed well.
  4. In another bowl, whisk 2 egg whites until stiff peaks form.
  5. Mix in your butter mixture into your flour mixture. Fold in your egg white mixture (half of the mixture at a time) until just combined.
  6. Spoon your batter into the moulds and bake for 8-10 minutes or until the outside if nice and golden brown
  7. Turn them out of the moulds and let them cool on a wire rack.
  8. Optional: Melt your chocolate (I used dark chocolate) and dip half of your madeleine into it. Allow it to set on some baking paper.

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Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Banana Bites

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Banana Bites

As adapted from Not Enough Cinnamon 

Makes ~14 chocolate banana bites

Ingredients:

  • 2 bananas (mine were frozen, you can do this with unfrozen bananas too)
  • Peanut butter (I used crunchy)
  • 200g chocolate, chopped (I used 70% dark)
  • Chopped nuts (optional, I used pistachios)

Directions:

  1. Slice up your bananas and spread ½ of the banana slices with peanut butter. Top them with the other ½ of banana slices.
  2. Store in the freezer for roughly one hour
  3. Place chocolate in a heatproof bowl and microwave in 10-second intervals until melted.
  4. Removal bites from the freezer and coat them completely with the melted chocolate. Remove the excess chocolate by lifting bites with a fork and place on a baking sheet. Sprinkle some chopped nuts (optional)
  5. Freeze bites for a minimum of 3 hours. Store in the freezer until ready to enjoy. 

Notes: You need to work fast as the chocolate sets very quickly. Also, I have also used unsweetened hazelnut spread instead of the crunchy peanut butter and I found that worked out nicely too.

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Mendl’s Courtesan au Chocolat

Hi everyone!

Last week I attempted to make Mendl’s Courtesan au Chocolat, a beautiful pastry that was featured in Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel (awesome film by the way!). I took a screenshot of it and searched on good ol’ google for a recipe. Thankfully Fox uploaded the recipe as a video on Youtube. It isn’t complicated to follow; it’s basically just choux pastry and chocolate crème/custard. You can find the original link here. I have also added some tips below.

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 Some tips:

  • Your batter should be of a ribbon consistency. After adding all of the eggs, test your batter by lifting some of it with your spatula. The batter should fall off in ribbons, be smooth and shiny. I found that I needed to add an extra egg because my batter was too stiff.
  • If you find that you have some pointy tips after piping out your pastry balls, wet your finger with some water and dab them down.
  • When making your 3 different colour glazes, aim for a thicker consistency (don’t be tempted to add too much milk, otherwise the glaze will slip right off your pastry balls).
  • Don’t have cocoa beans? Just substitute with an almond to top off your beautiful pastry tower!

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Puffing up nicely! Some are getting a little out of control
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Baking in the oven
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Fresh out of the oven!
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Filled with delicious chocolate creme
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My babies all standing proud

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If you have any questions, leave me a comment below. I’d love to know how you found the recipe! If you enjoyed this post, please don’t forget to like and follow 🙂 

Edamame Dip

Looking for a healthy dip to snack on? Well i’ve got one for you!

Edamame Dip

Adapted from The Blender Girl by Tess Masters 

Makes ~ 1.5 cups

Ingredients

  •  1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup shelled edamame beans
  • 1 cup loosely packed baby spinach
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lime or lemon juice
  • 11/2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped white onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon chilli flakes, plus more to taste
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds (optional)
  • 6g flat leaf parsley (a good handful)
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper

Directions

Place all of the ingredients in the food processor or high-speed blender until mixture is smooth and creamy. Occasionally scrap down the sides of the machine to allow all of the ingredients to be fully combined. Serve with some crackers, pita bread or veggies (e.g. celery or carrot)!

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Enjoy! If you like this recipe, give it a like and follow me! Also, please leave me a comment if you have any questions.

2 Ingredient Pancakes (Gluten, grain and dairy free)

Since I was able to have a chilled breakfast at home, I ditched the granola this morning for some easy but tasty pancakes!

2 Ingredient Pancakes (gluten, grain and dairy free)

Recipe was adapted from Top with Cinnamon

 Ingredients

  • 1 large banana
  • 2 eggs
  • Optional: Add a pinch of cinnamon in the batter or chocolate chips, or garnish with fruits and a drizzle of maple syrup

 Directions

  1. Mash the banana up until smooth
  2. Whisk in the eggs with the banana until combined, with minimal lumps in the batter
  3. Heat a non-stick fry pan on low-medium heat.
  4. Pour batter pan (I used about 1tbs per pancake). Cook until bubbles form on the top of the pancake and flip to the other side and cook for another further 30seconds to 1minute, or until golden brown. I served them with chopped strawberries and maple syrup.

Tasty tip: Try spreading some peanut butter or hazelnut and cacao spread on them!

If you do try this recipe out or have already tried something like this, leave me a comment on how you found it and what you added to our pancakes!

Update and recent food adventures

Hi, i’m back!

I’ve been so busy with exams and haven’t had the chance to upload anything in the last few weeks. I have been taking photos of what I have been up to, so if you’re interested in checking out my foodie adventures, you can find them below!

If you’d like to know more or would like a review of the restaurants I visited, leave me a comment below!

Food. Beauty. Random stuff.

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