Tiramisu Cake

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A delicious cake, inspired by a wonderful Italian dessert. Instead of using butter, I’ve used Farrington’s Mellow Yellow Coldpressed Rapeseed Oil.  You’ll have to keep this cake in the fridge as the frosting has mascarpone and cream in it, but let it come up to room temperature for a few minutes to enjoy it at its’ best though.

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280g Farrington’s Mellow Yellow Cold pressed rapeseed oil

20g Milk (not skimmed)

300g Soft brown sugar

300g Self raising flour

5 medium eggs

5ml Baking powder

15ml Camp coffee

2.5ml Beau cappuccino extract

250g Mascarpone Cheese

140ml Double cream

60ml Amaretto

4tbs Icing sugar

5ml Cocoa powder to decorate

 

1. Heat the oven to 180C.

2. Grease and line two 9″ cake tins.

3. Into a large bowl, place the oil, milk, sugar, flour, eggs, baking powder, Camp coffee and Cappuccino extract.

4. Beat together for 4-5 minutes until combined and creamy,

5. Divide equally between the two cake tins.

6. Bake for 30-35 minutes until the cakes are cooked and the tops are springy.

7. Remove from the oven and allow the cakes to cool in the tins for 5 minutes.

8. Turn the cakes out onto wire racks and leave until cold.

9. For the filling and frosting, beat together the Mascarpone cheese and double cream until thick.

10. Beat in the amaretto and icing sugar.

11. Sandwich the cakes together using half of the amaretto icing.

12. Spread the other half of the amaretto icing over the top of the cake.

13. Sprinkle the frosting lightly with cocoa powder.

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14. Keep chilled due to the filling and frosting.

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15. Allow the slices of cake to come to room temperature prior to serving to allow the sponge to soften (cold sponge cake isn’t very nice, after all!)

Sweet Potato Fondant

This can be made easily with either sweet potato or normal potatoes, but I really love the added flavour that sweet potatoes bring to a meal and cooked this way is certainly no exception.  It’s incredibly simple and incredibly tasty too.

15ml Rapeseed Oil (I recommend Farrington’s Mellow Yellow)
50g Butter
1 large Sweet potato (enough for one or two slices per person)
1 Knorr Chicken stock pot, dissolved in
75ml Boiling water
Salt and Pepper to taste

1. Peel the sweet potato.
2. Cut in to 2cm (1″) thick rounds.
3. Heat the oil and the butter in a pan until the butter is foaming.
4. Add the sweet potatoes to the pan, flat side down and cook for 2-3 minutes each side until golden brown in colour.
5. Carefully add the stock to the pan (it may spit a little, so be careful).
6. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
7. Cover the pan and simmer gently for 10-15 minutes until tender and cooked through.
8. Serve with some of the cooking liquid spooned over the top.

To add a decorative element to your plate, why not try cutting the potatoes with a shaped metal cookie cutter?  Hearts and flowers for your loved one, or into a character for your children to make mealtimes interesting whilst still giving them one of their 5 a day.

This is the perfect vegetable accompaniment to so many meals and goes beautifully with my Valentine’s Day menu of Fillet Steak in a Worcestershire Cream Sauce.

Enjoy! x

Venison Tagine

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We love venison as its such a rich and lean meat that’s full of flavour and I was lucky to have been given a 3kg haunch of venison a while back by a colleague in exchange for making her daughter’s Christening cake. Her husband shot and butchered the venison, so I can be sure of it’s provenance.

 After boning the joint of meat, I divided it and used one portion to make a tagine in my slow cooker as follows:

500g Venison, cubed (you can use beef or lamb if you prefer)
30ml Rapeseed oil
2 Onions, sliced
2 Cloves of garlic, crushed
1tbs Ground coriander
1tbs Ground cumin
2tsp Ground ginger
1tsp Ground cinnamon
250ml Beef stock
400g tin Plum tomatoes
100g Dried apricots, chopped
2tbs Ground almonds
400g tin Chick peas, drained and rinsed

1. Heat the oil in a heavy based frying pan and fry the venison in batches until browned.
2. Transfer the venison into the base of your slow cooker.
3. Gently fry the onion & garlic in the pan for 5 minutes until softened, then add the ground coriander, cumin, ginger and cinnamon and fry gently for 2 minutes.
4. Add this onion & spice mixture to your venison in the slow cooker.
5. Pour your stock into your frying pan to deglaze and heat until just boiling.
6. Pour this stock mixture over your meat and spice mixture.
7. Add the plum tomatoes, chopped apricots, ground almonds and chick peas.
8. Stir well then place the lid on top.
9. Cook in the slow cooker on low for 12 hours or on medium for 8 hours.

Serve with cous cous and a little fresh, chopped coriander to garnish.

Vanilla Loaf with a Rhubarb, Lemongrass and Ginger Jam Swirl

Having only 3 sticks of rhubarb left in my garden and knowing there wasn’t anywhere near enough to make my husband’s favourite crumble with, it had to be used in something as a flavour element, so what better way to do this than with a loaf cake, made with locally produced Rapeseed Oil instead of butter.

Jam
3 sticks Rhubarb, washed
30ml Bottle Green Ginger and Lemongrass cordial
2.5ml Ground ginger
50ml Water
15ml Demerara sugar
2.5ml Nielsen Massey vanilla paste
Cake
225g Self Raising flour
225g Caster sugar
180g Farringtons Mellow Yellow rapeseed oil
45g Single cream
1.25ml Baking powder
2.5ml Nielsen Massey vanilla paste

1. Heat the oven to 180˚C.
2. Without peeling your rhubarb, cut it into 2cm pieces.
3. Add to a saucepan with the cordial, ground ginger, water, sugar and vanilla paste.
4. Bring to the boil and then simmer for 10-15 minutes until thickened.
5. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
6. In a large mixing bowl weigh out the flour, caster sugar, rapeseed oil and cream then measure in the baking powder and vanilla paste.
7. Beat on a high speed until thoroughly combined and light.
8. Divide the cake mix into 3 cardboard loaf pans (mine were from America and were 6.5cm x 18cm x 5cm deep)

9. Divide the rhubarb and ginger jam into 3 and spoon onto the top of each of your loaves.  Swirl the jam through gently to distribute and create a pattern when it’s cooked.

10. Bake for 40 minutes until a skewer inserted into the centre of the loaf comes out clean.
11. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the cases.

12. These can be served from the cases or presented as a gift, wrapped in cellophane and tied with a ribbon.