Biscuit Cake

I found a leftover Christmas present the other day. The veg man at the farmers market had very generously, and totally unexpectedly given us a tin of Danish biscuits at Christmas.  Although I was touched by the thought, I really don’t like these biscuits, so they’d gone to the back of the cupboard. When I found them again, I felt the time had come to make use of them – the easiest option being a biscuit cake.

These are, of course, the easiest things to make, simply melt chocolate with a little butter and syrup, and mix with crushed biscuits, a handful of raisins, some chopped nuts, whatever floats your boat really!

To get this shape, I tipped a square tin up 45degrees, and lined it with clingfilm, then packed the mix into the corner at the bottom. When it was turned out, the coner became the top etc… Sweet chocolatey and more-ish, it ticked all the boxes, and didn’t last long!

biscuit-cake

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Published in: on February 17, 2009 at 10:56 pm  Leave a Comment  

Oh the weather outside is frightful

but the snow is so delightful…yes i know that’s not the words. I love the snow! And we’ve had lots of snow today. None  of the cars in our street have moved, and finally we’ve had enough of the white stuff for me to be able to make snow ice cream!

This is something i discovered a couple of years ago, and thought that living in Scotland, there’d be enough snow at least once a year to make it. The last couple of winters we’ve had almost no snow at all, Which i’ve found terribly disappointing – no snow = no snow ice cream.

So imagine my delight at nearly a foot of snow this morning! I quickly put a clean bowl outside to catch some snow in and set about getting excited.

The recipe is simple – a can of condensed milk, 8 cups of fresh clean snow and a bit of flavouring. The recipes all suggest vanilla, but i used some strawberry brandy we made in the summer. You just mix the lot together and serve. It worked really well. The result is a creamy soft dessert, which doesn’t last long!

snow ice cream

Published in: on February 2, 2009 at 7:51 pm  Leave a Comment  

Afternoon tea

My eldest nice was recently in hospital, following a bad traffic accident.  When she was feeling a bit better, and more herself, I wanted to take her somethign in she’d enjoy. I know she’s not got a very sweet tooth, but she said she fancied a fruit scone. I never make scones. I don’t like dried fruit, so the only scones I ever make are cheese scones, and I’ve not made those for months. I must remember to make cheese scones one day soon.

Anyway, I made fruit scones, not my best, but good enough, and I took in a tiny pot of homemade strawberry jam and 2 scones, and they went down very well indeed.

Fruit scone with jam

Published in: on January 19, 2009 at 10:49 pm  Leave a Comment  

Apple pie

I’ve been uploading pictures of food i make onto my facebook page for a while now, and i’ts occurred to me that a better place for it would be an actual proper blog! I suppose also I might be the only eLearning administrator who has never written a blog of their own, but teaches other people how to, it’s time to rectify that.

I love baking, and sometimes get quite jittery if I’ve not been baking for a while. My neighbours and work colleagues are the happy recipients of much of what come out of the oven, much to my husbands disgust. I do point out we would both be the size of a house if it didn’t but he doesn’t buy it. At the moment i’m on a bit of an apple pie kick, las week made a fabulous apple pie using a bag of Thorntons treacle toffee. It was the best apple pie I’ve ever had.

apple pie

The recipe:

For the pastry –

120g butter
80g caster sugar
2 small eggs, beaten, plus 1 beaten egg for glazing
240g plain flour

Place the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl

and, using an electric mixer on high, cream together until the mixture is pale and fluffy.

Add beaten eggs and flour and mix until blended, being careful not to over-mix.

Cover the pastry and leave it to chill in the fridge for 1 hour.

For the filling –

100g butter
100g granulated sugar
500g cooking apples – peeled, cored and sliced
175g Thorntons Treacle Toffee

1. Melt butter and sugar in a saucepan. Add the sliced apples to the saucepan, cover, and simmer for 5 minutes or until they are starting to soften. Occasionally stir, being careful not to break the apple slices. Transfer to a plastic bowl and cool for 20 minutes.
2. Preheat the oven to gas mark 4/180OC/350OF.
3. Roll out the pastry to a 5mm thickness, line a 7-8inch pie dish and trim off the excess. Roll out a lid for the pie the same size as the dish with the remaining pastry.
4. Once apples are cool, place into the pastry case. Using a rolling pin or hammer, break the toffee (using the step outside the back door, to hammer onto) and scatter the toffee over the apples.
5. Glaze the edges of the pastry case with beaten egg and place the pastry lid on top. Press the edges down firmly and trim the excess. Glaze the top of the pie.
6. Bake in the centre of the oven for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven, and sprinkle with caster sugar.
7. Serve immediately with vanilla ice cream or custard.

Published in: on November 15, 2008 at 11:50 pm  Leave a Comment  
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