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Fruit and nut gingerbread

Another weekend quicky here, again from Pat Ring’s charity book . Done while I was half doing other things and watching Red Nose Day Bake-Off so nothing to complicated to do. Got to admire the celebs that stand up and do this and loved Jo Brand having a sit down part way through.

Basically a one pot recipe. Into a saucepan go butter, muscovado sugar, treacle and golden syrup. When melted we add plain flour, ground ginger, bicarbonate of soda, one egg, a grated pear and apple, and some chopped walnuts. All nice and gloopy and into the oven for about 40 minutes (I made it 50), and topped off with lemon icing. Next time I’d probably add some more spices, but the result is a very moist cake and quite sticky on the top if you don’t like icing.

I am a lazy person so I really like using cake tin liners as they making getting larger cakes out in one piece very easy.

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Gingerbread rock cakes and fondant fancies

A very quick blog on some things I have made recently. Breadmaking is taking a back seat while I continue my love affair with cake! I am still baking our daily bread but it’s a bit repetitive just now.

Sometimes Dan Lepard comes up with ideas that are pure genius. Gingerbread rock cakes are one of them.

Published in the Guardian newspaper and available online over here

I made these last Thursday, they were quick and easy to make and the recipe made a generous 21 in my hands. I put dark chocolate on the base and drizzled lemon water icing across the top, although Dan only suggests one.

And yesterday I made the fondant fancies from the latest Great British Bake-off Showstopper book. These have orange zest in a Genoese sponge with a pinch of cardamom, orange water icing on top of a layer of marzipan which sits on a layer of marmalade. I make my own Seville orange marmalade and still have some left from earlier this year, so that was good.

The Genoese sponge was interesting as it takes a bit of whizzing of eggs over a saucepan of hot water and it all went quite frothy which was good, I hadn’t made it before but it went OK. It’s also quite a low fat recipe, with only 50g of butter for 16 cakes.

Another time I’ll make my own marzipan and maybe use a bit less, but as a proof of concept exercise it sort of worked out OK. The icing was a bit fiddly and I’m glad the recipe didn’t use buttercream as well, although I’ll be watching the Bake-off masterclass tonight to see how it should be done.

baking as therapy

My aunt has not been well. And we’re off to see her and my cousin and my cousin’s son tomorrow. We’ve been to visit several times over the last few months and I take some baked goodies along too. Initially to give her something tempting to eat because she needed building up, but now perhaps to help me feel like I’m doing something to help. I don’t know if it does, but it makes me feel better and gives us something to talk about.

So today I have baked these Little Stem Ginger Gingerbreads from The Great British Bake Off How to Bake book. The book does not have a decoration on them but I added some water icing made with lemon juice and some pieces of stem ginger rolled in granulated sugar.

Next up are these Norwegian  cardamom and lemon stamped cookies from the Hairy Bikers Big Book of Baking. I weigh the mixture into 20g pieces and while I don’t have a cookies stamp I use the bottom of a little plastic pot. I make about 30 of them, rather than the 24 the book says. These smell fantastic while they are baking and taste rich and buttery as well has spicy from the cardamom.

And finally while all that was going on I was making my first Mellow Bakers loaf – a Quick White Loaf with millet flakes.

made into balls and resting

shaped and starting to prove

after proving before slashing and baking

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