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22/01/2013 at 12:02
I got a new mixer for my birthday - not everyones idea of a gift but for me it's fabulous!
SO I want to bake more. I have tried scones and failed, victoria sponge and half failed, and I am on the lookout for a biscuit recipe.
Can anyone reccomend anything to bake, or recipes that are fool proof?!
22/01/2013 at 12:05
My mum had a fab gingerbread and shortbread recipe, I can ask her for you if you want?
22/01/2013 at 12:19
ooo 2 seperate recipes or one?
either way yes please!
22/01/2013 at 12:39
I'm not a big baker but have had reasonable success with the few things I;ve tried from the MAry Berry book
22/01/2013 at 12:42
Second the Mary Berry cookbook. Our baking staples are: all in one Victoria sponge (Mary Berry book), lemon drizzle cake, chocolate coca cola cake, flapjacks, carrot cake (not a normal carrot cake - more like a tray bake), and cupcakes. Let me know if you want recipes and I'll copy them out of my folder (*is actually turning turning into my Granny!*).
22/01/2013 at 12:46
Crumbles are mega easy, and very quick with your nice new blender.
Fairy cakes and muffins also very easy but don't need a blender.
I always find BBC good food website or allrecipes website good for easy, simple baked goods, and I would also be excited at the gift of a new blender so totally get you, enjoy!
22/01/2013 at 12:50
Yes please Robin they sound gorgeous!
22/01/2013 at 13:33
Ok - here goes.
Victoria sponge - all in one method
8oz each of butter, self raising four, caster sugar
4 large eggs
2 level teaspoons baking powder
Teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 180degrees . Grease and line 20cm sandwich tins.
Chuck all ingredients in a mixing bowl (this isn't how Mary Berry words it!) mix with hand blender. Divide between two sandwich tins.
Bung in oven for 20 - 25 mins.
Icing - 3oz butter, 6oz icing sugar and blend with a tablespoon of milk. I sandwich it together using buttercream icing and raspberry jam.
22/01/2013 at 13:34
I made Victoria sponges all the time until I got it the way I wanted. Tweeking the oven temp and cooking time were the main things I did.
My vic sponge recipe:
1 tsp Vanilla extract
The other way of doing it is weigh your 4 eggs and whatever they weigh, use the same amount for your other ingredients.
22/01/2013 at 13:37
6oz self raising flour
1teaspoon baking powder
6oz caster sugar
4 tablespoons milk
Grated rind of one lemon
4oz caster sugar
Juice of one lemon
Grease and line 8" cake tin. Preheat oven to 170 degrees
Chuck all cake ingredients in bowl and mix with hand blender
Bake for 30 - 35 mins
Whilst in oven make syrup.
Once taken cake out of oven I whip it out of the tin, take the parchment off the bottom and put the cake back in the tin before pricking it all over with a skewer and then pouring syrup over it. Leave to cool entirely in the tin.
22/01/2013 at 13:43
Chocolate coca cola cake
250g self raising flour
300g golden caster sugar
3 heaped tablespoons of cocoa
Generous pinch of bicarbonate of soda
75 ml milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
200g icing sugar
2-3 tablespoons cocoa
2 tablespoons coco cola
- preheat oven to 180 degrees. Grease and line 24cm loose bottom/ spring form cake tin
- sift flour and cocoa into bowl. Add sugar and bicarb of soda
- melt butter and coke together. Add to dry ingredients.
- add all other ingredients to the bowl (eggs, milk, vanilla extract) and mix well.
- pour into tin and bake for 40 mins
Once cake is cool ice. Icing is literally just a case of sifting icing sugar and cocoa, adding butter and adding the coco cola a bit at a time till you get a good consistency.
This keeps really moist for ages.
22/01/2013 at 13:45
thanks robin have copy and pasted x
22/01/2013 at 13:48
This is loosely based on hitched flapjack recipe but I have adapted the quantities to suit my baking tin.
170g Demerara sugar
4 heaped tablespoons of golden syrup
1/3 tin of condensed milk
260g rolled oats
Line a 22cm square baking tray with baking parchment. It HAS to be baking parchment otherwise you'll never get it out of the tin.
Preheat oven to 170 degrees.
Put butter, sugar and golden syrup into saucepan and stir until butter melted. Take off heat and add condensed milk. Stir in oats. Pour into tin. Bake for 10 - 20 mins depending how chewy you like them. I like mine almost crunchy on the outside and fudged in the middle and this takes nearer 20 mins. Cool in tin and cut int squares.
22/01/2013 at 13:53
Carrot cake (think this might be a Mary Berry but it is one my mum makes so I stole it from her).
175g light muscavado sugar
175ml sunflower oil
3 large eggs
140g grated carrot
Grated zest of one orange
175g self raising flour
1 teaspoon of bicarb of soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnammon
1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Grease and line 22cm square tin (I use the same tin for this cake as I do for flapjacks).
Tip sugar into large mixing bowl, pour in oil and eggs. Lightly mix with wooden spoon. Stir in carrots, raisins and orange zest. Sift in flour, bicarb of soda and add spices. Mix well. Pour into tin and bake for 40-45 mins.
Cool in tin for 5 mins and turn out onto rack (you can freeze it at this point if you wanted). I then add a frosting made from 6oz icing sugar and a couple of teaspoons of orange juice and drizzle it over the top.
22/01/2013 at 13:54
Phew - done! Good to have them all in one place for me too so I'd better bookmark.
22/01/2013 at 14:03
22/01/2013 at 17:57
I second the Mary Berry book - it is great, with lots of ideas in there. I tend to basic sponge (GB's recipe is the one I often use) and add different flavourings like chocolate, orange, lemon, coffee etc. Sometimes I put fruit (apples/pears/pineapple) in the bottom of the tin, then spnge on top, bake and when it's ready tip it out so the fruit ends up on the top of the cake. That is a great pudding with custard.
Did anyone see the comic relief great british bake off last night - so funny!
22/01/2013 at 18:19
Love the fruit idea raincloud!
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