Raspberry Victoria Sandwich Cake

This is a classic British cake but with the berry season in I had no choice but to bake this cake.
Serves 8
  • 150g butter at room temperature
  • 150g sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 180g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons of raspberry jam
  • 140g fresh raspberries
  • 120ml whipping cream
  • icing sugar for dusting

Preheat oven at 180°C.

Mix the butter and sugar together until you get a smooth paste. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Pour in the flour and baking powder and mix until well combine.

You need two tins of the same diameters. Fill these two tin with the mixture. Bake for 20-25 minutes until it is golden. Turn the cakes out on to a wire rack.

Before serving, use a spatula to spread the jam over one cake and top with the raspberries. Spread the whipping cream over the raspberries. Put the second cake on top and dust with icing sugar.

In case you don’t have a lot of time to prepare the cake , you use industrial whipping cream!

 

 

Orange and Almond cake

I love cakes for the afternoon snack with a cup of tea.
This recipe is inspired by a recipe found in the following book “Easy cakes & Cookies“.
Serves 10
  • 50g ground almonds
  • 150g flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 100g orange marmalade
  • 1/2 glass of orange juice
  • 90g sugar
  • 2 tablespoon baking powder
  • 100g butter

Preheat oven at 170ºC.

Put the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl and beat until the mixture is creamy. Then add gradually the orange juice and the marmalade.

Beat the eggs with a fork in a bowl. Add them into the butter mixture but one tablespoon at a time. Finally, add gradually the flour, baking powder and ground almonds.

Pour the mixture into a cake tin and bake for about 45 minutes.

Let the cake cool down before serving.

Little break in Lisbon

Pastries in Lisbon

 

My other passion after baking is travelling. I spent last week in Lisbon and had the pleasure to discover a lot of pastries in display in the pastelarias which are the pastry shops in Portugal. All I can tell is that the pastries were so big that even I, who is a foodie, had trouble to finish them. They actually tasted as pastries done homemade by your grand mother.

We had a coffee break and like the Portuguese people do, we ask for uma bica with pasteis de nata. This is a typical coffee break. The uma bica is actually an espresso and the pasteis de nata is a small custard pie. On the picture below the pasteis de nata is in the middle.

Coffee break in Lisbon I actually really liked the Portuguese gastronomy made with a lot of sea food. It is really easy to find nice restaurants. The good tip is to avoid going in tourist trap restaurants, I mean going where servers are asking you to come in their restaurant and they already have menus in every languages. It is much better to go in the small places where local people go so you are sure your food will be typical, good and cheap. Portuguese people are easy going and welcoming so you will have a great time!

 

Coconut muffins with melted chocolate heart

Coconut and chocolate forms a tasty union of flavors.
I like muffins because they are easy and quick to make. You can serve them for breakfast, snacks or dessert. You always sure your guests will be happy.
For 6 muffins
  • 6 squares of chocolate
  • 2 eggs
  • 80g butter
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 90g sugar
  • 150g flour
  • 50g of desiccated coconut
  • 5 tablespoons of milk

Preheat  your over for 15 minutes at 180°C.

In a bowl, mix the eggs, butter and the sugar together.

Then add gradually the baking powder and the flour.

Add the tablespoons of milk.

Once everything is well combined, add the coconut and stir well.

Fill the muffin tin with the coconut mixture by helf . Put one chocolate square on the top for each muffin. Then cover it with coconut mixture.

Bake for 25 minutes. Check the time because it depends as well of the oven.

These muffins are delicious is served tepid because if they are cold the heart won’t melt…

Coffee and Chocolate chips muffins

I was craving for something with coffee flavour but unfortunately I didn’t have much left in my cupboard to bake something. This is a simple recipe of muffins but it is a nice treat!
For 12 muffins
  • 100g chocolate chips
  • 2 eggs
  • 80g butter
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 90g sugar
  • 150g flour
  • 3 tablespoons of coffee extract

Preheat  your over for 15 minutes at 180°C.

In a bowl, mix the butter and the sugar together. Add the eggs and stir until well combined.

Then add gradually the baking powder and the flour.

Once everything is well combined, add the chocolate chips and stir but not too much.

Fill the muffin tin.

Bake for 25 minutes or until they are brown.

Let the muffins cool down before turning them out of the tin.

Banana and chocolate chips cookies

Hmmm, cookies with banana and chocolate. Two of my favourite flavours joined together to get a yummy cookie. I definitively love Sundays!

For 15 cookies

  • 125g white flour
  • 75g brown flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 120g white sugar
  • 100 g de butter
  • 1 egg
  • 100g chocolate chips
  • 1 ripe banana

Preheat the oven at 180° C.

Mash the bananas in a mixing bowl. Then add butter and  sugar. Mix well to get a creamy mixture. Then add egg, flour, baking powder and baking soda. Mix everything well before adding the chocolate chips. Stir the mixture but not too much.

On a baking sheet, drop by heaped teaspoons or tablespoon if you want to have big cookies.

Bake 8 minutes. When they are done, let them cool for a minute on the baking tray, then cool on a rack. If you want to have crunchy cookies, bake them a little bit longer.

Banana and Blueberry muffins

I had two bananas left over and they were beginning to rot so I decided to try use them in my blueberry muffins. Actually I am really happy with the result as the mix of bananas with blueberries is really tasty.
For 8 muffins
  • 2 rotten bananas
  • 90g white sugar
  • 140g flour (I used 90g white flour and 50g wholewheat flour)
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 125g of blueberries
  • 50g butter (for low fat muffins, replace the butter by 50g of low fat yogurt)
  • 1 tablespoon of low fat yogurt (it is to make sure that the muffins are not dried)

Preheat oven at 180°C.

Make the butter melt in a pan.

Mash the bananas in a mixing bowl. Add sugar and egg and mix well.

Add the baking powder and the flour. Then add the melted butter and the tablespoon of low fat yogurt or only the 50g of yogurt for the low fat version of this muffins. Stir until well combine and add the blueberries. Mix well but gently.

Pour the mixture in muffin tins and bake for 20-25 minutes.