To make 24 macarons you will need:
- 1 3/4 cups of icing sugar
- 1 cup of ground almonds
- 1 tsp of salt
- 3 egg whites at room temp
- 1/4 cups of caster sugar
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract
- Pink food colouring
To make these you need to:
- Follow the video at https://tasty.co/recipe/macarons the original recipe was from here also.
I filled mine with lemon curd (read last post for a recipe)
Macarons are such a hard thing to make I’ve only made one successful batch out of 4. The ingredients e.g. almonds can be really expensive so it can be cheaper to buy them from a patisserie or even some supermarkets.
Macarons are a delicious thing even when they are not successful but look so cool when you get them perfect. They are definitely a challenge so go try and make them!
To make some delicious lemon curd, you will need:
- 4 egg yolks
- 2/3 cup of caster sugar
- 60g unsalted butter
- 2tsp of grated lemon zest
- 100ml of lemon juice
To make lemon curd you need to:
- Whisk your eggs yolks and sugar until well combined but not frothy. Tip into a pan and add the butter, zest and juice.
- Stirring constantly heat until your curd becomes thick and creamy like shop bought lemon curd.
What can I do with lemon curd?
- I used it to fill macarons, however, it works well on toast, in a sandwich, on vanilla or lemon cake or even on pancakes.
Original recipe from: https://www.goodfood.com.au/recipes/lemon-curd-20111018-29wiz
Original recipe from parragon books traditional cakes book.
To make a sticky ginger cake you will need:
- 250g plain flour
- 1tsp of bicarbonate of soda
- 1 1/2 tsp of ground ginger
- 1tsp of mixed spice
- 115g of butter
- 115g light brown sugar
- 150g of golden syrup
- 85g of black treacle
- 2 large eggs
- 2tbsp of milk
To make you need to:
- Preheat the oven to 160°c. Grease a tin (I used a 24cm diameter bundt tin.
- Put the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and mixed spice into a bowl. Place the butter, sugar, golden syrup and black treacle into a pan and heat gently until the butter has melted.
- Stir the melted mixture into the flour and mix well. Then add the eggs and milk and beat well.
- Pour the mixture into your lined tin and bake for 1 ish hours. Check regularly to check if the cake is cooked. To ice I used roughly half a cup of icing sugar and 2 tsp of water.
To make 12 of these delicious cookies you will need:
- 150g butter, melted
- 150g dark brown sugar
- 120g golden caster sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1tsp whole milk
- The zest of one large orange
- 225g of plain flour
- 75g of cocoa powder
- 100g of milk chocolate in chunks
To make them you need to:
- Preheat the oven to 160°c fan.
- In a large mixing bowl, stir the butter and sugar together.
- The beat in the egg, milk and orange zest.
- Pour in the flour and cocoa powder and mix.
- Fold in the chocolate chunks to the mixture
- Put large tablespoons of the mixture on a lined baking tray, to form 12 cookies.
- Cook in the oven for 10-12 minutes until soft but cooked.
At the moment I’ve been baking a lot of bread, it started off by my mum baking 2 loaves and then I thought I’d try it. In the last two weeks I’ve made 2 batches of this recipe because it’s easy and tastes great. I’m not usually a bread baker because it takes a while to prove but I now think the wait is worth it for the delicious outcome.
To make 12 bread rolls you will need:
500g of bread flour
1 7g sachet of dried yeast
1 and a 1/2 tsp of caster sugar
2 tsp of salt
300 ml of luke warm water
3 tbsp of olive oil
Extra flour for dusting
A tbsp of sesame seeds
A tbsp of poppy seeds
4 sun-dried tomatoes
10 ml of milk
To make make these rolls you need to:
- Combine the flour, yeast, salt and sugar in a large bowl.
- Once comunes make a well in the center of the flour.
- Measure 300 ml of luke warm water into a measuring jug and add the 3 tbsp of olive oil and stir.
- Pour the water/oil mixture into the well in the flour mixture and gradually mix until it’s well combined.
- Remove the dough from the bowl and place onto a well floured work top and knead for 10 mins
- Place your dough into a lightly oiled bowl, cover with cling film and place in a warm area to prove for an hour.
- Once it’s proved for an hour knead it for another 10 mins.
- Now roll it into a sausage shape and cut it into 12.
- Weigh each each shape and transfer dough from one shape to another until they weigh the same.
- Pour the milk into a bowl and get a pastry brush, paint the milk onto 8 of your balls of dough then sprinkle sesame or poppy seeds on then, I did 3 of each.
- Chop the sun-dried tomatoes finely and place 1/4 of the tomatoes onto four balls of dough and combine.
- Then place each of the balls onto baking trays and leave to prove for another hour
- When the rolls have around 20 mins left to prove, turn the oven on to 220°c fan.
- After the hour is complete bake the rolls for 10-15 mins.
Disclaimer: this recipe is not mine however it’s the one I used, find the original recipe at: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2902668/easy-white-bread-rolls
So yesterday I made vegan cupcakes, I’m not vegan but I thought I’d try something new. I like the taste of these cupcakes however compared to a standard vanilla cupcake they don’t melt in your mouth they turn more like dough when you chew them. They are however, a very close replica of non vegan cupcakes.
For the vegan cupcakes you will need:
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1 and 3/4 cups of all-purpose flour
- 1tsp baking powder
- 1tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
- 1/2 tsp of salt
- 1/2 a cup of oil (I used vegetable oil)
- 1 cup of unsweetened vegan milk (I used almond)
- 1 tbsp of vinegar (I used apple cider vinegar)
- 2 tsp of vanilla extract
How to make:
- Preheat the oven to 350°f / 180°c
- Place cupcakes cases in 2 cupcake trays
- In one bowl mix all the dry ingredients
- In another bowl mix all the wet ingredients
- Add all the ingredients together and whisk until it forms a batter
- Fill the cupcake cases with around a desert spoon full of batter
- Bake for 15-18 mins
- Mix icing sugar and a tsp of water in a bowl until it forms a thick but pourable texture
- Sprinkle over vegan sprinkles
This is not my own recipe but I this is the recipe I used. The original recipe is found at: https://www.peta2.com/vegan-life/vegan-infographics/
To make this cake you will need:
- 6oz of self-raising flour
- A pinch of salt
- 6oz of margarine
- 6oz of caster sugar
- 3 eggs
- 8 tsp of instant coffee
- 50 ml of boiling water
How to make:
- Preheat the oven to 180°c
- Add 4tsp of the coffee and water into a mug and stir
- Add all the remaining ingredients into a large bowl and whisk
- Then once light and creamy add in the coffee-water mixture and whisk
- Put half the mixture into 2 standard cake pans
- Bake for 20 mins or until cooked (check my last recipe for an easy way to test to see if cake is cooked)
- To decorate add 50 ml of water and 4 tsp of instant coffee into a mug (like before)
- Get a bowl and add 100g of icing sugar
- Add a tsp of the coffee into the icing sugar and if it is too dry then add more coffee
- When the icing mixture is pourable but less liquid than water it is complete
- Pour the icing into the cake and spread
- Optionally you can add pecans on top (I caramelised mine).
I am not a professional cook/baker I simply do it as a hobby and generally I use rough measurements because I like to just go with the flow.