Sunday, 4 December 2016

Lemon Biscotti with Pistachios and Almonds

I have always been a fan of biscotti. However, I have also always been quite terrified to make it. This recipe is extremely easy, and produces biscotti that the perfect accompaniment to a cup of coffee. It has a fresh hit of lemon that goes well with the crunchy bits of almonds and pistachios. 



Ingredients:

  1. 50 g powdered sugar
  2. 1 lemon, zest and juice
  3. 175 g flour
  4. 3/4 tsp baking powder
  5. 1/2 tsp salt
  6. 1 tbsp honey
  7. 1 egg
  8. 1 1/2 tsp olive oil
  9. 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  10. 25 g pistachios, chopped  
  11. 25 g almonds, chopped



Method:
  1. In a bowl, add the sugar and lemon zest and rub with your hands until the sugar smells lemony.
  2. Add the flour, baking powder and salt and stir until well combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, add the lemon juice, honey, eggs, olive oil and vanilla extract and whisk together. 
  4. Add the dry mixture and chopped nuts. Mix until just combined.
  5. Wrap the dough in cling film and refrigerate for an hour. 
  6. Pre heat the oven to 145 degrees.
  7. Roll the dough into a 6 cm wide and 2 cm high log, and place on the baking sheet. 
  8. Bake for 30-45 minutes, until the top feels hard to touch, and the inside isn't soft. 
  9. Remove from the oven and lower the temperature to 135 degrees.
  10. Cool the log for about 30 minutes before slicing it into 1 cm wide slices. 
  11. Place the biscotti flat on the tray and bake for another 10 minutes. 
  12. Cool completely before transferring into an air tight container. 






Thursday, 13 October 2016

Lemon Blueberry Cake

This cake is dreamy and light, brightened with lemon and blueberries. With the perfect combination tart and sweet, this cake is the ultimate summer dessert. 

Ingredients:
  1. 85 g unsalted butter
  2. 180 g flour
  3. 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  4. ½ tsp salt
  5. 170 g powdered sugar
  6. I egg
  7. ½ c milk
  8. 1 tsp lemon juice
  9. 1 tsp vanilla zest
  10. 1 cup blueberries 


Method:
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and line a 9-inch tin with baking paper.
  2. In a large bowl, sieve the flour, baking powder and salt. 
  3. In a separate bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add in the lemon juice and zest and whisk well. Next, add in the egg and mix well. Slowly add in the milk, whisking continuously.
  4. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients one-third at a time. Mix until there are no lumps.
  5. Fold the blueberries into the batter. 
  6. Transfer the batter into the prepared tin.
  7. Bake in the oven at 180  for 30-35 minutes.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Vanilla Layer Cake with Mint and Lemon Buttercream

We recently had a dinner party at home, for which I decided to make a layer cake. That too a four layer cake. Now, I've never made a layer cake before, so I was prepared for this to fail. But to my surprise, it worked! And it worked wonderfully! Unfortunately, I don't have a picture of what the cake looks like from the inside, because we cut it at the party. But, the layers were perfect, and honestly, I'm quite impressed with myself. 


Ingredients:
  1. 85 g unsalted butter
  2. 180 g flour
  3. 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  4. ½ tsp cinnamon
  5. ½ tsp salt
  6. 170 g powdered sugar
  7. I egg
  8. ½ c milk
  9. 1 tsp vanilla extract


Method:
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and line a 9-inch tin with baking paper.
  2. In a large bowl, sieve the flour, baking powder and salt. 
  3. In a separate bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add in the egg and vanilla and mix well. Slowly add in the milk, whisking continuously.
  4. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients one-third at a time. Mix until there are no lumps.
  5. Transfer the batter into the prepared tin.
  6. If you want to make a layer cake, evenly divide the batter into 4 cake tins. 
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes. 
  8. Cool the cakes completely before frosting. 

For the buttercream:

Ingredients:
  1. 200 g icing sugar
  2. 45 g unsalted butter
  3. 3 tbsp lemon juice
  4. 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
  5. 1/2 tsp milk
Method:
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. 
  2. Add in the lemon juice and peppermint extract and beat well.
  3. If the buttercream is too stiff, add in the milk to loosen it up. 


Monday, 6 June 2016

Mango Tart

If you love mangoes, this dessert is for you. Buttery crust, with light vanilla pastry cream and fresh sweet mangoes. It's the perfect summer dessert, and it is super easy to make! I used the same crust from my Apple Pie recipe, you can take a look at it here: Apple Pie Crust Recipe


Ingredients:

  1. 3 egg yolks
  2. 30 g powdered sugar
  3. 2 tbsp flour
  4. 2 tbsp corn flour
  5. 300 g milk
  6. 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  7. vanilla bean
  8. 2 large mangoes



Method:
  1. In a bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar until they turn slightly pale.
  2. Add in sifted flour and corn flour into the egg yolks and whisk until smooth.
  3. In a saucepan, add the milk and the vanilla bean seeds. Bring the milk to a boil.
  4. Remove it from the heat just as it starts to foam.
  5. Pour the milk into the egg mixture, whisking constantly to prevent curdling.
  6. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan and cook over medium heat, whisking constantly. Cook until it boils and thicken.
  7. Add in the vanilla extract and whisk.
  8. Pour the pastry cream into a clean bowl and wrap with plastic wrap, making sure the plastic touches the pastry cream.
  9. Let the Cream cool completely. Then pour in into the baked tart shell.
  10. Slice mango slices thinly and arrange them on top of the pastry cream.  


Thursday, 2 June 2016

Double Chocolate Brownies


There is no dessert more comforting than a fudgy, decadent chocolate brownie. It’s rich, it’s chewy, it’s fudgy, and it’s chocolaty, what’s not to love?



There is the never-ending debate of what makes the better brownie - cocoa powder or chocolate (although I always prefer chocolate). This recipe is perfect. Why? Because it has both. And did I mention, everything goes into one saucepan, and that’s it? This is easily one of the easiest brownie recipes ever!


Ingredients:
  1. 100 g unsalted butter
  2. 120 g sugar
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  5. 1/4 tsp salt
  6. 1/4 baking powder
  7. 70 g flour
  8. 35 g unsweetened cocoa powder
  9. handful of dark chocolate chips



Method:
  1. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees. Line a square tin with parchment paper.
  2. Add the butter in a medium saucepan and heat over low heat until the butter has melted.
  3. Add in the sugar, eggs and vanilla extract and mix.
  4. Sieve in the flour, baking powder, salt and cocoa powder and mix well.
  5. Add in the chocolate chips.
  6. Transfer the batter into the prepared tin and bake for 20 minutes.



Tips:
  1. Do not over mix the batter, as that will make the brownie cakey rather than fudgy.
  2. Do not over bake the brownie. The batter may look like it is undercooked, but just trust me and take it out at 20 minutes!