Monday, August 30, 2010

Coffee and Almond Streusal cake

This is my current way of killing time. Baked a 'coffee & almond streusel cake'. (Did remember to add baking powder.) Referring cookbook : Emma Patmore's Baking. Inspired by Rachel Allen. Love her cooking. Love her recipies.Love her show on Travel & Living - Bake.



 Coffee and Almond streusel cake - recipe

INGREDIENTS :

275 g plain all-purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
75 g castor sugar
150 ml milk
2 eggs
100 g butter ( melted and cooled  )
2 tbsp instant coffee mixed with 1 tbsp boiling water
50 g almonds ( chopped )
icing ( for dusting )

TOPPING :
75 g self raising flour
75 g demerara ( brown crystal ) sugar
25 g butter ( cut into small pieces )
1 tsp ground mixed spice
1 tbsp water

METHOD :

1. Grease a 23 cm/9 inch loose - bottomed round cake tin and line with baking parchment. Mix together the flour, baking powder and castor sugar.

2. Whisk milk, eggs, butter and coffee mixture together and pour on to the dry ingredients. Add the chopped almonds and mix lightly together. Spoon the mixture into the tin.

3. To make the topping, mix the flour and demerara ( brown sugar ) together. Rub in the butter until the mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle in the ground mixed spice and water and bring mixture together in loose crumbs. Sprinkle the topping over the cake mixture.

4. Bake in a preheated owen, 190 C for 50 minutes - 1 hour. Cover loosely with foil if the topping starts to brown too quickly. Leave to cool in the tin, then turn out. Dust with icing sugar just before serving.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

I want a garden like his !

If God ever came down to grant me a wish, I'd point at Jamie Oliver's garden and say, "I want a garden like his".







Saturday, August 28, 2010

She makes babies

There are some things in this world that really take your breath away. One such thing is the reason why I'm writing this today. For those who have'nt heard of Camille Allen, this is a must read.

She is a sculptor; creator of breathtaking miniature baby sculptures. Made of clay, they  look as real as can be, with so much intricacy and detail. Truly, one of a kind.

To see more of her creations visit her photo gallery.














Friday, August 27, 2010

Marbled Chocolate cake

Baked a cake.Marbled chocolate cake (recipe from Baking - Emma Patmore). Forgot to add baking powder. Well, atleast until the last minute. Mom saved me. And my cake. Came out good. Tasted great. Thanks mom !

Marbled Chocolate Cake - recipe

INGREDIENTS :

175 g butter ( softened )
175 g castor sugar
3eggs, beaten
150 g self-raising flour
25 g cocoa powder
5 - 6 tbsp orange juice
grated rind of 1 orange

METHOD :

1. Lightly grease a 25 cm/10 inch oven - proof ring mould.

2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the butter and sugar for about 5-8 minutes.

3. Add the beaten eggs, a little at a time, whisking well after each addition.

4. Fold the flour into the creamed mixture carefully, then spoon half of the mixture into a separate mixing bowl.

5. Fold the cocoa powder and half of the orange juice into one bowl and mix gently.

6. Fold the orange rind and remaining orange juice into the other bowl and mix gently.

7. Place spoonfulls of each of the mixtures alternately into the mould, then drag a skewer through the mixture to create a marble effect.

8. Bake in a preheated oven, 180 C, for about 30-35 minutes until well risen and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

9. Leave the cake to cool in the mould before turning it on to a wire rack.

Monday, August 23, 2010

One last time

 Just shifted my grandparents permanently from Kerala , something they've been dreading for quite sometime now. And it hit us all right through when we stood there, the last day, staring at the empty rooms; rooms that were once filled with the sent of my grandmother's 'feasts', rooms that once witnessed the yesteryears of each one of us. Would it ever be the same again? Could all that ever be re-lived?















I'm glad that this place has given me so much of wonderful memories in the past few decades, so many that I can look back to and cherish.  And at those last moments of my stay, I could'nt help clicking away just anything that connected me to the past. My grandmother's garden, the temple we've been visiting for years, the trees around that hugged our lovely home, everything.








Monday, August 16, 2010

Good read

Just finished reading a John Grisham book. Theodore Boone. Good one. It's the first book I've read of his. And it's the first from him for young readers. It's about a smart kid who unintentionally gets involved in a murder trial and his clever ways of handling situations thereof.  I expected the ending to be a little less abrupt. However, it's a good read.

Happy

Bought a new handbag. Big. Black. Says mum to me, " it's bigger than you... can be carried with you in it". I love my bag. And mum's still my best critic.