Desserts

Home-made Banana Cake – using free range duck eggs

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After noticing that 2 banana’s beginning to go dark in colour, I decided to try out banana cake for the first time! And having fresh free range duck eggs in my fridge, I decided to use them – my parents have a poultry farm with chickens and ducks!

Outcome: a very light and fluffy texture, and my new cake addiction! There’s 2 more ripe banana’s in the fruit bowl that has made me tempted to make more banana cake!!

 

 

Prep: 10minutes

Cooking time: 35minutes

 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 egg – beaten
  • 125g butter
  • 150g castor sugar
  • 2 ripe bananas, mash
  • 190g self raising flour
  • 60ml milk

 

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 150 degrees celcius
  2. Prepare your ingredients by mashing your banana’s in a separate bowl and beating your egg in another separate bowl.
  3. Melt your butter over medium heat
  4. Once melted, add in your sugar and mix well
  5. Remove from heat and add in your mash banana’s – I used an electric mixer from here on-wards, I find it helps create that light and fluffy texture!!
  6. Next add in your beaten egg and mix again.
  7. Then mix in the flour and milk until fully combined.
  8. Pour into a prepared tin – I didn’t have a baking tin so used my roasting tin – still came out lovely!
  9. Bake in hot oven fro 35 minutes.
  10. Enjoy!!

 

 

 

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NEW RECIPE: Chocolate Pudding!

As some of you might know, I’ll be off to Cyprus next week so this week I will be trying my best to uploaded as many recipes including requested ‘Turkish Chickpea Rice’ which hopefully will be up soon also.

 

For this post, I wanted to show you all an easy way to make chocolate pudding with simple ingredients from your cupboard and no eggs needed!

 

I came across this recipe when I had family staying over for the week and we all craved something chocolatey! And since I had no eggs in the fridge and the nearest supermarket is 5miles away from me, I had to research hard on what to make. Till I came across the most yummiest and delicious chocolate dessert that any chocolate-craving fanatic would love and satisfy their craving!

 

I have made this countless times and easy time it comes out a bit different but still with the same rich taste. I have also tweaked it a bit but you don’t have to be too fussy with the measurements.

 

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Preparation: 10mins

Cooking time: 35mins

Ingredients:

  • 100grams butter (doesn’t have to be unsalted, I use salted as that’s what was in my fridge!)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsps. cocoa powder
  • 1 1/3 cup flour
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2/3 cup milk

For the last stage of the method, ingredients needed:

  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 4 tbsps. cocoa powder
  • 2 cups. boiling water

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius (Gas mark 4/350 degrees Fahrenheit) 
  • Melt butter in small saucepan over medium-high heat. Do not overmelt.
  • Once butter is melted, place into large bowl.

 

 

Step1

 

  • Next add your sugar and cocoa powder and mix well.

 

Step3

 

  • Next add in your flour, baking powder and salt. Mix until just combined.

 

Steps

 

  • Then mix in your milk.

 

Steps2

 

  • Place into a baking dish. Make sure the baking dish isn’t too large otherwise the chocolate pudding will just be a thin layer. Not too small either as the step where you add 2 cups of boiling water will boil over the dish, we need this water for the mixture to soak it up and turn into chocolate sauce at the base of the pudding!
  • I used a oval Pyrex baking dish measuring: 10 inches wide (not including the handles) x 3 inches deep.

 

Steps3

 

 

  • Now with your extra ingredients that you have set aside, cover the mixture with the 4bsps. cocoa powder and 2/3 cup of sugar.

 

Steps4

 

 

  • Now it might seem weird, but now add 2 cups of boiling water! Use a ladle to gentle add the water on top. 

 

Steps5

 

 

  • Now add into the hot oven for 35minutes.
  • You’ll notice that the water at the top will now be at the base as chocolate sauce and the mixture would be cooked and on the top.
  • Serve warm and enjoy! Tip: always nice with a generous pour of double cream. Mmmmm…

 

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My make-shift bento box!

After hours of going through the yummy video tutorials on YouTube about bento boxes, I decided I really wanted to make one especially when traveling around!

But after coming across a few websites here in the UK on buying an authentic bento box, the prices were quite expensive from£35 onwards and as you know, I’m always on a budget (heck I even budget my food shop by making items myself, i.e. cheese)..so much more rewarding and those extra pennies go to something else – whoops, this is a whole different article.

Back to bento boxes, so I thought why not buy a lunchbox and just fill it with smaller plastic containers. My first attempt after taking the bus to our nearest town, I bought a big plastic box and smaller containers, came home, and none of them fitted right into the bigger lunchbox – fail.

Next day, when to another shop and this time tried to measure each box roughly and they had pretty clip-on lunchboxes, came home and it all fitted perfectly! Success! Now when I start backpacking I’ll be bringing my bento box with me, but I also have an eye on those stainless steel tifin boxes 😉 I’ve become a lunchbox fanatic!

Here’s my first make-shift bento box with home-made sushi, home-made chocolate chip cookies (which I cut into strips to fit into the containers), sliced kiwi and cherry tomatoes.

Total amount spent: £4 for the lot! (not including chopsticks)

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Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Hey all,

As you might of noticed in my previous post about my scrummy Eid Boxes, they contained home made carrot cake (which there is a video tutorial available here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iemiz48dkAw&feature=BFa&list=ULT5Grddo3mzA 

But also had home-made chocolate chip cookies, they were my first time making them so that’s why I didn’t do a video tutorial as yet just in case they didn’t come out nice!

To my surprise, they were delicious and were praised immensely by family and neighbors.

So for that reason here is the recipe and a video tutorial will be in the making!

Prep: 20mins

Cooking: 10-15mins
Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cups melted butter
  • 2 cups lightly packed brown sugar (I used Demara for the first time which you can still use but lightly packed sugar is much better – it’s like the difference between Granulated and Castor sugar, one is much finer than the other so the texture will be better)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2tbsps. hot water
  • 1/2tsp. baking powder
  • 2 2/3cups plain flour
  • pinch of salt
  • chocolate chips

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius
  2. Mix together the melted butter, brown sugar, eggs and hot water.
  3. Next stir in the flour, baking powder and salt and mix until well combined. Notice how the mixture has become similar to dough.
  4. Mix in your chocolate chips.
  5. Now start placing small round circles into a greased baking tray, what I did was gather a small piece of the mixture and roll into a ball using the palms of your hands. Then gently squash it to create a flat round circle. Note: do NOT make them big, as they will double in size in the oven.
  6. Bake for 10-15minutes in hot oven.
  7. Take out of oven and serve warm with milk!

Enjoy!

xxx

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Eid boxes for family and neighbours – a great litte gift during festive times

 

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Carrot Cake Recipe Update & Amendments

 

After many experiments with the carrot cake recipe, I have amended it in a way to make it much more tasty and yummy!

I remember as a child that each time this cake was made, it always came out different.

So after the celebration of Eid, I found making this cake with only 2 eggs (rather than 3), with 170ml of oil (instead of 210ml) and 30minutes in oven (rather than 40minutes) is much more better!

How did your carrot cake turn out?

xxx

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Here it is! Family Carrot Cake Recipe AND Video Tutorial ~

Finally it’s here, so sorry folks for the delay, it’s been a busy weekend but an interesting one as for the first time, I tried sushi! After a lovely dinner with my dear friends, she served us home made sushi for starters! So yummy, that I am considering learning it and making my own recipe and showing you guys here on WordPress.

 

So here is my video tutorial and recipe of my family recipe of Carrot Cake!

 

Link to Video Tutorial

Prep time: 20mins

Oven: 40mins

Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:

  • 3 carrots grated
  • 1lb. plain flour (16ozs/2cups)
  • 2tsps. baking powder
  • 2tsps. cinnamon
  • 3 eggs beaten
  • 210ml vegetable/sunflower oil (NOT olive oil)
  • 210ml milk
  • 2tbsps. honey
  • 8ozs. sugar (1cup)

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius, 350 degrees Fahrenheit or gas mark 4.
  2. Beat the eggs in separate bowl.
  3. In large mixing bowl add your grated carrots and then add the beaten eggs, mix.
  4. Add your oil, milk and sugar and mix until combined.
  5. Next add your plain flour, cinnamon and baking powder and mix thoroughly.
  6. Add your 2tbsps of honey now and stir.
  7. Lastly pour your mixture over a prepared greased baking tray and place in oven for 40minutes. If you want a thin-ish soft layer of carrot cake, I recommend using a wide baking tray to spread an even thin layer (which is what I prefer) or if you like a thick cake texture use a smaller baking tray.
  8. Serve warm with some icing sugar sprinkled on top!

Enjoy!!!

Any questions feel free to comment.

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New Recipe coming up! – Mum’s famous carrot cake

Hi all,

As promised to keep you all updated with my upcoming recipes, my next one up is my own mother’s famous carrot cake recipe!

I remember this carrot cake since childhood, the smell of cinnamon waving in the air from the kitchen always told me that mum has made her delicious carrot cake.

I have also made this carrot cake now and intend to pass it onto my children as well in the future. It’s a great dish for dinner parties, or as a gift also (I just baked some this week to give to a friend when I go visit her this weekend).

It’s an easy all in one recipe where you just put all the ingredients into one bowl, mix and put in the oven (in baking tray of course) and done!

Recipe and video tutorial coming soon!

x

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Place of origin: Sweden!

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