Category Archives: CAKES

Baked bananas with toffee sauce

Baked bananas with toffee sauce

Bananas make one of the cheapest and easiest of all hot desserts, and they are just as welcome as a comforting winter treat as they are to follow a barbecue. For an extra sweet finishing touch, grate some plain (semisweet) chocolate on the bananas, over the sauce, just before serving. If you are baking them on a barbecue, turn the bananas occasionally to ensure even cooking. Bananas are widely grown across the tropics and sub-tropics. They grow in hands (bunches) of five to 20 fingers (bananas). Depending on the variety, they can be small or long, thin- or thick- skinned, with yellow or red skins. They are picked when two-thirds ripe and slowly convert their starch to sugars as they’re shipped.

Biscotti with almonds and allspice

Biscotti with almonds and allspice

Biscotti means “twice baked” in Italian and this is exactly how they are made. In all biscotti recipes they are rolled into a log shape and baked, then removed from the oven, cut into slices, returned to the oven and baked again. It is this double-baking which gives them their crunchy texture, their long lasting quality and durability. Being easily transportable makes them ideal as gifts. There are endless varieties of biscotti recipes with numerous ways of adding flavour and texture. The combinations are almost endless. Simply by adding different spices, nuts and dried fruit, new and interesting taste sensations can be created.

Dimply Plum Cake

Dimply Plum Cake

This is a wonderful coffee cake–sturdy, comes together quickly, and absolutely perfect for this time of year. It would also work with several other kinds of fruit, including apricots, peaches, nectarines or even cherries. You can swap the orange zest for lemon, lime or even grapefruit and the spice too.

You can use cinnamon instead of the same amount of cardamom because some people just don’t like cardamom. You can use any plum variety for this cake. This is one of those cakes that gets better with time, you can keep this one for 4 days and it was lovely and moist till the very last slice.

Treacle tart

Treacle tart

It is worth to take time to make your own pastry for this old-fashioned favourite, with its sticky filling and twisted lattice topping. Smooth creamy custard is the classic accompaniment, but it is also delicious served with cream or vanilla ice cream.  For a more textured filling, use wholemeal (whole-wheat)  breadcrumbs or crushed cornflakes instead of the white breadcrumbs.

This dessert is also featured in the movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The childcatcher, in an attempt to lure out the children from the basement, calls out that he is giving away free sweets. His mention of free treacle tarts is the selling point for the boy, convincing him to be lured out into the street.

Easy carrot cupcake

Easy carrot cupcake

A standard cupcake uses the same basic ingredients as standard-sized cakes: butter, sugar, eggs, and flour. Nearly any recipe that is suitable for a layer cake can be used to bake cupcakes. The cake batter used for cupcakes may be flavored or have other ingredients stirred in, such as raisins, berries, nuts, or chocolate chips. Because their small size is more efficient for heat conduction, cupcakes bake much faster than a normal layered cake.

Cupcakes may be topped with frosting or other cake decorations. They may be filled with frosting or pastry cream. For bakers making a small number of filled cupcakes, this is usually accomplished by using a spoon or knife to scoop a small hole in the top of the cupcake. In commercial bakeries, the filling may be injected using a syringe.