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Guinness Cake

Happy St Patrick’s Day All!

I’m not usually one to celebrate St Paddy Day, but I find the older I get the more I love! Obviously Pinterest is a big influence!

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OF Course I had to share this recipe with you guys. It’s kinda dead easy and not that long to do. I’m not going to lie, this cake is like Marmite in our house. Mum LOVES it, whereas Arji (the human dustbin) isn’t a big fan. Again in work some of the guys like it and some hate it. I have found the longer you leave the cake, the flavours mature and the Guinness really comes out. It’s quite surprising how much chocolatier and spongier the cake is with Guinness – {NERD ALERT} this is because the gas in the stout (No, Guinness is not beer!) reacts with the baking soda in the oven, causing the cake to rise more. Well this is what I’m guessing, but I did get a C in Science… so maybe don’t trust me!

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This cake is more than enough for 7-8 people. I use a 18cm Bundt tin which personally I think is the perfect size.

Ingredients:

  • 125ml Guinness (No other substitute…duh)
  • 125g Butter
  • 40g Cocoa Powder
  • 200g Caster Sugar (Yes Caster!)
  • 1 Egg
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 50g Yoghurt
  • 20g milk
  • 140g Plain Flour
  • 1tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of instant espresso coffee (Trust me it helps)

 

Recipe:

  1. place the butter and stout over the hob and heat gently until the butter is melted. Make sure its not on too high heat. (Don’t want to kill off all the alcohol now do we?)
  2. once melted let it cool slightly and add cocoa powder and sugar
  3. Again once that’s cooked out then you can add the egg, milk, yoghurt and vanilla.
  4. In a bowl sift all the dry ingredients (Flour, baking soda/powder) and slowly pour the wet mixture into the flour.
  5. Once all mixed pour in a bowl and bake for 35 minutes on 170c. (PLEASE make sure you have greased the tin well as this batter sticks)
  6. Top with a little cream cheese frosting (3tbsp of cream cheese & 150g icing sugar)
  7. Now you may enjoy!

 

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I hope you guys like this recipe! Maybe give it a go for next next year’s St Patrick’s Day…

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Blackberry and Onion Marmalade

I have been itching to use the blackberries I picked from my own garden-It’s literally a random bush that parts mine and my neighbours house. Knowing how lazy I am, I froze the berries, to use later. And now that time has come!

I’ve always wanted to be one of those jamming people. This to me felt like the perfect combination of testing out the jamming and finally using the hand picked blackberries. I didn’t manage to take a picture of the berries sorry.

How to freeze your berries;

  • Wash them thoroughly (I would say soak in bowl for couple of seconds, shaking them about) and repeat this a few times
  • place some kitchen roll on a plate and stick your berries on top; wack in the fridge for a couple of hours
  • By now they should be completely dry so stick them in a tub and leave in the freezer. (I would probably suggest to use them within a month or so)

 

 

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Ingredients

  • 3 large Red Onions (370g), Sliced
  • 100g blackberries
  • 2tsp dijon mustard
  • 1cm cube of fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves (Whole)
  • 140g caster sugar
  • 50ml Cider Vinegar

Method

  1. Wack everything in a saucepan, EXCEPT the vinegar
  2. leave it to boil until blackberries burst (roughly 15 minutes)
  3. Now add the vinegar and leave to simmer for 20-30 minutes
  4. Leave it to chill for 30 minutes and then place into STERILISED jars and seal tight and keep in the pantry cupboard.

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Way to sterilise your jars; Literally just place them in the dishwasher and don’t touch the inside!

 

Ways to server this marmalade:

  • Mum actually uses this as a dip for Pakoras. Yes trust me it works
  • spread a little spoonful on your cheese on toast- its lovely and addictive.
  • Since mum says it tastes like brown sauce, spread it on your toast before making a sausage/bacon sandwich.

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Just so you know this makes about 3 small jars. I seriously think this would be a cute gift to give during Christmas…and its cheap!

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Potato Croquets – Indian Style

I felt quite proud of myself for this little creation. So this is one of my “in the moment” recipes I made up as I went along on a Sunday after being asked to make dinner. Why I found this a struggle is because my Sundays have become ‘veggie Sunday’s’ for over 10 years in my house. We’re like vegans who can eat dairy products – only on Sunday’s! If it were more than once a week I think I would have died by now. Not like I’m a meat eating monster just that I love my sausages! This started as a religious thing, which everyone started getting tired of since we couldn’t understand how it was religious to not eat meat once a week. But now we’ve gone so used to it, we refuse to rebel against.

So Originally I made a plain butter sauce (which I keep meaning to share with you guys) with paneer but it looked a bit boring, so made a side accompaniment for the sauce. This is basically a citrusy mildly spicy mash in a crunchy/crispy batter. The idea came from my odd crave over mums crunchy pakoras and decided to try them my way!

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Recipe:

Filling

2 Potatoes (cooked in the microwave like you would a jacket potato, 10 mins turnover, 10 mins again)
Juice of 1/4 lemon (fresh is best)
1/4 tsp of salt, or preferred taste
1/3 tsp Garam Masala
1 tbsp Dried Fenugreek

pinch of chilli powder

Pakora Batter

4 heaped tbsp of gram flour (chickpea flour)
1 heaped tbsp cornflour
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp whole cumin seeds
pinch of chilli powder
enough water to make thick paste, 6 tbsp or more.

Instruction

  1. Place the Potatoes in the microwave for 10 mins. Once the microwave pings turn the potatoes and redo the process and then a further 2 mins. Leave to cool on the side.
  2. Once cooled down scoop out the potato and mash with a fork.
  3. add the lemon juice, salt and masala and mix
  4. Form 12 balls the size of a ping pong ball. Or just use a teaspoon to scoop.
  5. Leave in the fridge and put the oil on the hob. That probably doesn’t make sense so-pour enough sunflower/vegetable oil to make 1/4 to 1/3 of a small saucepan. Now leave that on medium heat. Definitely not high!
  6. Crack on with the batter meaning chuck all the dry ingredients in a bowl and slowly add enough water to make a thick batter (pancake batter consistency).
  7. Dunk a ball at time in the batter and use a clean tsp and place in the hot oil.
  8. Fry 3 at a time for 2-3 mins on each side or until really golden. Once finished all 12 leave in the oven on 150c until ready to eat, or just eat straight away.
  9. Serve with a raita (cucumber, red onion and yoghurt), chutney or like I did with a curry sauce.

The filling

Excuse the dirt on the plate. At least you know I made them!

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Don’t judge the perfectly placed potatoes. I’m experimenting with the camera!

the butter sauce

And this is my Famous Butter Sauce. I will give you guys the recipe – Don’t worry I’m just still trying to perfect it, well note down exactly what I put in!

PS garam masala- you can find at supermarkets (surprisingly) BUT I will share with you guys our house recipe. Damn I got a lot to share with you!

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