Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Sweetie Sushi

I have a really good friend who is a Brownie guider (Hi Em if you're reading!). And she asked me if I'd come along and do something makey or cakey with her Brownies. Never one to say no to an opportunity to make things with small kids (their enthusiasm and pleasure is infectious and the ensuing chaos always fun) I decided to go for something cakey. After a bit of Googling, I spotted candy sushi at MommyKnows and had to give it a shot. I baked up several HUGE batches of marshmallow crispie to the following recipe:

  • Melt 80g of butter in a saucepan.
  • Add 200g of mini marshmallows (all white if possible)
  • Once smooth and runny, stir in 200g of rice crispies - very quickly!
  • Tip onto a worksurface covered in non-stick baking parchment.
  • Place another sheet of parchment on top and whilst still hot and pliable, roll out the mixture (with the rolling pin on top of the paper) to about 0.5-1cm thick all over
  • Once cool, trim into rectangles and use to make sushi with as many types of sweetie as you want!

The photos below are the ones I made using the leftover marshmallow slab when I got home, ad although the Brownies' efforts maybe weren't quite as neat, they were pretty good and they all headed home and the end of the night proudly clutching little plastic boxes of their creations to share.

First of all, here's the whole selection
And now a few close ups

Thursday, 11 June 2009

Cake Heaven in Brighton

At the weekend just past, I had a lovely time down in Brighton catching up with friends from uni who have left the frozen wastes of Scotland and are now based beside the seaside. Amongst much gin, gossip, ice-creams on the beach and cups of tea there was time for some stupendous cake. We went to 'Bill's' - a south coast institution that is a cafe, deli and restaurant all rolled into one in a converted warehouse - check out their website HERE if you want more info (I thoroughly recommend a visit if you're in the area). And whilst generally being totally in awe at the place, I did remember to snap a couple of photos of the cakes - and oh my goodness what cakes they were!
I indulged in the roasted rhubarb cheesecake tartlet topped with caramelised pumpkin seeds - it was gorgeous. Light lemony cheesecake and sticky rhubarb with the crunchy seeds on top was a winning combination.
Meanwhile my friend went for orange cheesecake with a chocolate hazelnut crust topped with a veritable mountain of fresh strawberries and blueberries and by the look on her face it was every bit as delicious as mine.
Needless to say we didn't really feel in the mood for dinner that night...!

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Biszkopt z Galaretka - or Polish Jelly Cake

A few years ago I spent the summer working in an office in Warsaw, and during that time, every arrival, departure or celebratory occasion in the office was celebrated with cake. And the cake of choice seemed to be jelly cake (or Biszkopt z Galaretka I believe...). It came in a wide variety of flavours and styles - with and without cream, and using raspberries, strawberries, peaches and blueberries - endless possibilities!

Well at my current workplace, cake also plays an important part in the weekly schedule, with everyone taking their turn to provide 'Monday Cakes'. And 1st June was my turn. In honour of the gorgeous summery weather (and the fact that strawberries were on special offer at ASDA) I decided to recreate the jelly cake, of the strawberry no-cream variety.

I made a fatless whisked sponge for the base and after a LOT of trauma and worry that a) the jelly would just soak right in, or b) accidentally set in the jug whilst I was leaving it to thicken to prevent a) from happening... it all kind of worked out right. It seemed to be enjoyed by all, and definitely ticked the boxes of light and summery, so I'm sure there will be future experimentation of flavours on the cards...

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