Monday 13 July 2020

Orange and Almond Cake

I love Orange and Almond cake and this recipe works so well...


2 whole oranges
200ml orange juice
6 Eggs whites
250g caster sugar
100g ground Almonds
A pinch of salt


Preheat oven to 185 degrees C 175 degrees C for Fan.

Boil your oranges in water for 10 minutes then leave to simmer for 30 minutes with the lid on.

Grease a baking tin well.  I used a 12" round one.

Cut the oranges in half and then quarters.  At this stage remove the seeds!!!

Blend the orange in a blender with the orange juice.  completely blended no bits!

Whisk the eggs whites until firm.  Whisk in the sugar and then the almonds.

Fold the oranges into the egg white and almond mix.

Bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until firm/spongy to touch.

Leave to cool and then serve with cream...


Friday 10 July 2020

Carrot Cake Cupcakes



5 medium carrots peeled and grated
200g Caster Sugar
175ml of Vegetable oil
2 Eggs
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
Grated rind of a lemon
250g Plain Flour
1 Teaspoon of baking powder

For the frosting:
Cream cheese 
Icing Sugar
Juice of a Lemon


Preheat oven at 170 Degrees C

Put the carrots, caster sugar, vegetable oil, eggs, cinnamon and grated rind of the lemon in the bowl together and mix.


Add the flour and baking powder and stir in until all the powder is mixed in well.

Spoon the mixture into twelve large size cupcake cases and put in the oven for 20 minutes.

While leaving the cakes to cool put a tub of cream cheese and 75g of icing sugar into a clean bowl and stir.  Add the juice of half a lemon and stir again.  Spoon on top of your carrot cakes and enjoy!  

Friday 3 July 2020

Cheese Top Rolls

These are my children's absolute favourite bread rolls.  They beg for me to make  them for them all the time and, I have to agree, they are super lush.  Here's the recipe:


500g white bread flour
Vegetable oil or Olive oil 3 tablespoons 
340ml warm water
7g dried yeast
15ml of granulated sugar
1 teaspoon of salt
150g cheese (I use the strongest cheddar cheese I can find)


Step 1

Mix the flour and the salt together in a bowl

Step 2

Pour in the oil and stir in until barely visible.

Step 3

In a cup put the yeast, sugar and 150ml of warm waster, wait until it begins to foam then pour into the flour mix and stir in well.

Step 4

Add the rest of the warm water and need until it turns into smooth ball of dough then leave to rise in the bowl for 1 hour with cling film on the top.

Step 5 

kneed again for 5 minutes and break into 9 equal parts.

Step 6

Roll each part into a round shape and place on a baking tray with equal amounts of space between them.  

Step 7

Push a couple of your fingers into the centre of each ball of dough to make a well.  Put a tablespoon of grated cheese into each well.

Step 8

Leave for 30 minutes to rise further and then out in a preheated oven set at 200C - bake for 15 minutes!