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Cakes & Bakes: Luncheon seed cake

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

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luncheon seed cake and mug of tea | H is for Home

I have a growing collection of vintage recipe books. The most recent addition is a copy of Borwick’s Cookery Book which looks to be from the 1920s or 30s.

luncheon seed cake ingredients | H is for Home

One of the recipes that jumped out at me was this one for luncheon seed cake. I love caraway seeds in bread but have never tried using them in a cake. I’d never heard of luncheon cake but, after some online detective work, I found that Mrs Beaton included a version which includes candied peel and currants in her famous Book of Household Management.

luncheon seed cake batter | H is for Home

It’s quite a substantial cake – only a small slice is needed. The caraway really works well, giving it a distinctive flavour.

Luncheon seed cake
A Victorian slab cake
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Ingredients
  1. 225g / ½lb flour
  2. 1tsp baking powder
  3. 85g / 3oz butter
  4. 85g / 3oz caster sugar
  5. ½tsp caraway seeds
  6. 2 eggs
  7. wine glassful of milk
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 150ºC/300ºF/Gas mark 2
  2. Grease a 15cm/6-inch loose-based cake tin
  3. Sieve the flour and baking powder
  4. Rub in the butter
  5. Add sugar and caraway seeds
  6. Stir in the eggs and milk
  7. Pour the batter into the greased tin
  8. Bake for about an hour
  9. Remove the cake from the tin and allow to cool on a wire rack
Notes
  1. It works well with a scrape of butter and is the perfect accompaniment to an afternoon cup of tea
Adapted from Borwick's Cookery Book
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Cakes & Bakes: Triple Chocolate Cheesecake

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

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Slice of triple chocolate cheesecake | @hisforhome

I consider myself something of a greedy chocoholic (who edges the cake knife round a few millimetres when no ones looking to get a bigger piece). But faced with this triple chocolate cheesecake, a small slice was sufficient… even for me! 

Triple chocolate cheesecake ingredients | @hisforhome

It is is the richest, most decadent chocolate fantasy I’ve ever made or eaten. A quick tally of all the ingredients brings it in over 2 kilos!

Oreo cookie cheesecake base | @hisforhome

There’s a base made from crushed Oreo cookies…

Melting dark chocolate in a glass bowl | @hisforhome

Melted dark chocolate and cheesecake mixture | @hisforhome

…a thick, intense dark chocolate middle layer…

Adding melted dark chocolate to cheesecake mixture | @hisforhome

Uncooked triple chocolate cheesecake | @hisforhome

…and a sweet, white chocolate ganache topping (with dark chocolate flakes to decorate of course!)

Triple chocolate cheesecake | @hisforhome

It was a real winner with everyone who tried it… and there’s now a note in my recipe file for “must make again!”

Triple chocolate cheesecake
Serves 10
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For the biscuit base
  1. 2 x 154g packets Oreo cookies
  2. 60g/2oz unsalted butter
For the cheesecake filling
  1. 3 x 280g tubs cream cheese (at room temperature)
  2. 165g/6oz icing sugar
  3. 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  4. 4 eggs
  5. 300g/10oz dark chocolate
For the ganache topping
  1. 180ml/6 fl oz double cream
  2. 175g/6oz white chocolate
  3. Extra dark chocolate for garnishing
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 175ºC/350ºF/gas mark 4
  2. Put the Oreo cookies into a food processor and pulse until they have turned to fine crumbs
  3. Put the butter into a microwave for 10-15 seconds to soften
  4. Combine the butter with the Oreo cookie crumbs and spoon the mixture into the base of a 28cm/11inch spring-form cake tin pressing it firmly & evenly with the back of the spoon
  5. Bake for 10 minutes then set aside to cool
  6. Break the dark chocolate into pieces, putting them into a glass or pottery bowl
  7. Put the bowl into a saucepan of water (just enough so that the bottom of the bowl doesn't come into contact with the water) and heat on a low flame until the chocolate has melted
  8. While waiting for the chocolate to melt, put the cream cheese, icing sugar and cocoa powder into a mixing bowl and combine well
  9. Break the eggs into a measuring jug, whisk lightly until just combined before adding little by little into the cheese/sugar/cocoa mixture, stirring after each addition
  10. Add the melted dark chocolate to the mixture and combine well
  11. Pour the mixture on to the biscuit base and bake in the oven for 60 minutes
  12. Switch off the oven, leave the oven door slightly ajar and allow the cake to cool for half an hour
  13. Put the cake on a wire rack until it has cooled completely
  14. Break the white chocolate into pieces, putting them into a glass or pottery bowl with the double cream
  15. Put the bowl into a saucepan of water (just enough so that the bottom of the bowl doesn't come into contact with the water) and heat on a low flame
  16. When the chocolate has begun to melt, stir the mixture well and allow to cool until it has thickened but still pourable
  17. Pour evenly over the top of the cake allowing some to drip down the edge
  18. Serve at room temperature or refrigerated
  19. Keep refrigerated and consume within 3 days
Adapted from Oh My God Chocolate Desserts
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Cakes & Bakes: Japanese cheesecake

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

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Slice of Japanese cheesecake with quince jam | @hisforhome

Last week we shared a Taiwanese bread recipe; this week we’re staying in that general geographical area with this Japanese cheesecake.

Japanese cheesecake ingredients | @hisforhome

Separated eggs | @hisforhome

This cake is also known as a soufflé cheesecake – it gets this airy texture from the separated eggs.

lining a cake tin with parchment paper | @hisforhome lining a cake tin with tin foil | @hisforhome

Cheesecake mixture after adding the cream and eggs | @hisforhome

A stiff meringue is made from the whipped egg whites and sugar, and is then folded into the mixture at the end.

Japanese cheesecake mixture after adding the flour, rum and lemon juice | @hisforhome

Japanese cheesecake meringue | @hisforhome

To finish the cheesecake, the recipe calls for an apricot glaze. We have all manner of home made jams & jellies in the cupboard, so I decided to make a plain version of the cake – then experiment with the different flavours of jam for each slice.

folding meringue into Japanese cheesecake batter | @hisforhome

Japanese cheesecake batter in cake tin | @hisforhome

Apricot might indeed be perfect, but you never know…

Japanese cheesecake | @hisforhome

Japanese cheesecake with jars of jam and jelly | @hisforhome

…it could be blackcurrant, wild raspberry, strawberry, gooseberry or quince!

Japanese cheesecake
Serves 8
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Cook Time
1 hr 30 min
Cook Time
1 hr 30 min
For the cheesecake
  1. 400g/14oz cream cheese
  2. 60g/2oz caster sugar
  3. 60g/2oz butter, cubed
  4. 6 egg yolks
  5. 200ml double cream
  6. 10 ml/2 tsp lemon juice
  7. 1 tbsp dark rum
  8. 80g/3oz plain flour
  9. 3 tbsp apricot jam + 1tsp water (to glaze)
For the meringue
  1. 6 egg whites, refrigerated
  2. 100g/3½ granulated sugar
Instructions
  1. Before you start, bring all your ingredients to room temperature
  2. Separate the eggs, putting the whites into the fridge
  3. Grease & line the bottom and side of a 25cm/10inch diameter spring form cake tin with parchment paper
  4. Cover the base & up the side of the tin with tin foil, making it water-tight
  5. Place the tin in an oven proof dish large enough that it can sit flat & level
  6. Preheat the oven to 160ºC/320ºF/gas mark 3
  7. Put the cream cheese and caster sugar into the bowl of an electric food mixer
  8. Using the K-beater attachment, mix on a medium speed for about a minute until there are no lumps
  9. Add the softened butter and mix, again on a medium speed, until there are no lumps
  10. Add the egg yolks a little at a time before adding all the double cream. Combine
  11. Add the lemon juice and rum. Combine
  12. Sift the flour before adding to the mixture. Combine
  13. Put the mixture into a large bowl, before thoroughly washing and drying the food mixer bowl
  14. Put the cold egg whites into the mixer bowl and, using the whisk attachment on a high speed, whip them into stiff peaks
  15. Slow the speed to medium and (while still moving) add the granulated sugar a little at a time to the egg white
  16. Boil half a kettle-full of water
  17. Carefully fold the meringue, half at a time, into the batter using a large metal spoon
  18. Pour the mixture into the cake tin and level the top with the back of the spoon
  19. Carefully pour the boiling water into the large oven-proof dish containing the cake tin before putting it into the oven
  20. Bake for an hour at 160ºC/320ºF/gas mark 3 before lowering the temperature to 150ºC/300ºC/gas mark 2 and cooking for another 30 minutes
  21. Turn off the oven, leave the oven door ajar, leaving the cake in the oven for 20 minutes
  22. Remove the cake from the oven and allow to cool completely in its tin on a wire rack
Adapted from Just One Cookbook
Adapted from Just One Cookbook
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Cakes & Bakes: Saffron loaf

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

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saffron loaf cake with a large mug of tea | @hisforhome

I’ve somehow managed to get to the wrong side of mid-40 without ever having tasted saffron, although Justin’s used it in some of the kitchens he’s worked in (he’s so windswept & interesting!).

saffron in a saucepan of milk | @hisforhome

It’s often added to rice dishes and sauces, but I obviously decided to give it my first outing in a cake!

cubes of butter on flour | @hisforhome

Saffron loaf is a traditional Cornish recipe. It’s a very straightforward bake; mix the dry ingredients, crumb in the butter, add the saffron-infused milk, form a soft dough, a short prove then pop it in the oven for about an hour.

flour and dried fruit mixture | @hisforhome

This isn’t a dainty cake. You can cut it into small, delicate pieces for a touch of refinement, of course… but we didn’t go down the Ritz afternoon tea route and had a large slice (with a scraping of butter!).

pouring saffron milk and yeast mixture on to dry mixture | @hisforhome

 A rustic pottery mug full of strong tea was the ideal accompaniment.

saffron loaf dough | @hisforhome

 It’s sweet & fruity with the subtle, yet distinctive, saffron flavour coming through nicely.

saffron loaf dough in baking tin | @hisforhome

A delicious late afternoon pick-me-up – a perfect way to satisfy that peckish stage between lunch & dinner.

Saffron loaf
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Ingredients
  1. 0.1g saffron threads
  2. 125ml/4½fl oz milk
  3. 500g/18oz plain flour
  4. 10g/⅓oz dried, fast-action yeast
  5. pinch salt
  6. ¼tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  7. 250g/9oz cold butter, cubed
  8. 250g/9oz golden caster sugar
  9. 350g/12oz mixed dried fruit (I used raisins, currants and sultanas)
  10. saffron loaf cake ingredients
Instructions
  1. Grease a 1kg/2.2lb loaf tin
  2. Heat the saffron and milk in a pan over a medium heat until the mixture has turned yellow and is almost simmering
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt and nutmeg
  4. Add the butter and sugar and rub in using your fingertips or pastry blender until it forms the consistency of breadcrumbs
  5. Stir in the dried fruit until well combined
  6. Add the yeast to the saffron milk mixture, stir well before adding it to the dry mixture
  7. Mix until the mixture comes combines to form a soft dough
  8. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead lightly until smooth
  9. Put the dough into the greased loaf tin, cover with a damp tea towel and leave in a warm place for an hour to rise
  10. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/Gas mark 4
  11. Bake for an hour, or until the loaf is beginning to brown
  12. Remove from the oven, leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before removing it from the tin on to a wire rack and allowing it to cool further
Notes
  1. Great spread with butter and/or thin slices of cheddar cheese. Have it toasted when it's a few days old.
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Cakes & Bakes: Lemon curd

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

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Lemon curd layered sponge cake | H is for Home

For someone who claims to hate lemons, I sure cook a lot of lemon-based Cakes & Bakes recipes!

This week, I needed one lemon for something or other but saw one of those string bags of lemons in the supermarket for a whole 25p – cheaper than buying it singly.

I ended up with half a dozen lemons in the fruit bowl that needed using up. More drizzle cake? Cookies? Sorbet? Meringue?

I’ll let you in on a secret. Even though I generally can’t bear lemon, I LOVE lemon curd – I don’t know why! Lemon curd on hot, buttered toast is divine – and it’s a doddle to make.

I found a really simple recipe in my favourite celebrity chef, Delia Smith’s Cookery Course Part Two. I scaled up her recipe which made enough to fill two 400ml Mason jars. As well as being good on breakfast toast, you can use it in a sponge sandwich like I did here, lemon curd tarts or lemon roulade.

Lemon curd sponge sandwich with jar of home made lemon curd

Don’t worry if your mixture looks like it’s curdling when it begins to cook. Once the temperature is low, you keep stirring and the butter begins to melt – it will all be fine!

Cakes & Bakes: Lemon curd

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 2 x 400ml Mason jars

Cakes & Bakes: Lemon curd

Ingredients

  • 300g/10½oz caster sugar
  • 4 large lemons, finely grated zest and juice
  • 8 large eggs
  • 200g/7oz butter
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Instructions

  1. Put the grated lemon zest and sugar into a large bowl
  2. In a large measuring jug, whisk the lemon juice together with the eggs
  3. Pour the lemon juice & egg mixture over the zest & sugar mixture
  4. Add the butter cut into small cubes and put the bowl over a pan of just simmering water
  5. Stir frequently until thickened - about 30 minutes
  6. Decant into sterilised jars before screwing the lids down tightly
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