Festive Bake: Sacher Torte

Over Christmas I always get back into baking, and this year I decided to make a dark chocolate cake that is super indulgent without being full of sugar . The Sacher Torte is an Austrain cake which is dense and packed full of flavour from the dark chocolate, espresso and apricot jam.ย The cake was fairly simple to make, with just the issue of separating the eggs and adding the whites and yolks separately making it slightly more time consuming than an average sponge.

I followed this recipe from Good Housekeeping, although I didn’t do the icing as I didn’t want it to be overly sweet. I found some other recipes which look just as good like this one from BBC Food and this one from Delia online. Overall, this is a perfect occasion cake which doesn’t need to much expertise in the kitchen.

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Bake: Oreo Volcano Cupcakes

I’ve been wanting to try oreo cupcakes for ages, and the fact that these are called ‘oreo volcano cupcakes’ is just a blog friendly term for ‘messy icing’.

The recipe:

I used my moms basic fairy cake recipe which is ‘four ounces of everything plus two eggs’ (we’re not very technical)

For more detailed instructions see this recipe.

The icing:ย 

3 tablespoons of icing sugar

1 tablespoon of butter

1/2 a tablespoon of vanilla essence

3 crushed oreos & 2 for decoration

I whizzed the oreos in the blender until they had a crumb like consistency. I then mixed the icing sugar and water to my desired consistency and added the butter for a touch of creaminess. Next, I mixed in the oreos and vanilla essence. Once I’d covered the cakes in icing I crushed up the extra oreos and sprinkled them over. The result was a bunch of messy but delicious oreo cupcakes!

Sunday Bake: the best vegan granola bars ever

If you’re looking for a protein packed breakfast or snack bar then look no further than this delicious date and nut packed recipe. Dana, over at minimalist bakerย has created a 5 ingredient, vegan recipe that only takes one bowel, one saucepan and one baking tray to make. Oh, and you don’t even have to faff around with the oven because these are just popped in the freezer for 45 minutes. As with any recipe involving dates, it gets a bit messy and a bit sticky but it’s definitely worth it for the end product.

A week (of mainly food) in pictures

1. Some Monday motivation from insta // 2. One of my dogs, Holly, looking innocent while refusing to go on her leadย // 3. A mixture of chickpeas, black eyed peas, onion, chilli, garlic and herbs for veggie burgers // 4. Saturday’s dinner table // 5. A mezze style platter to go with our burgers (guacamole, sun dried tomatoes, olives, salad and cheddar cheese) ย // 6. Quinoa and blueberry breakfast muffins for next week (I hate most breakfast food so i’m experimenting). I can’t find the exact recipe but it was very similar to this. I know they don’t look appetising but they taste pretty good.

I hope everyone’s having a lovely weekend! I’m considering doing these posts weekly instead of a recipe (or maybe as well as), so do let me know what you think if you get a chance.

Sunday Bake: mocha cake with latte icing (and a side of coffee)

I can’t start the day without a cup of coffee. Hot, iced, lukewarm after being left on the side for half an hour, as long as caffeinated I will drink it. So naturally I love baking with espresso. This weeks Sunday Bake is dedicated to a beautiful mocha cake with latte icing, you can find the recipe here.

Recipe info

Difficulty: If you can make a Victoria sponge, you can make this cake. It’s really straightforward and easy to follow.

Cost: Price wise i’d say this recipe is average. It seems pricy because of the instant espresso, but its much better to invest in a jar rather than compromise on flavour (I used carte noir). If you’re not so much of a coffee lover then you could make do with normal instant coffee.

Result:ย Rich coffee cake with light, buttery icing. I made half the suggested amount of icing because I can find it overly sweet, and it turned out just right.

Coffeeย Sin vs Saintย 

While we’re talking coffee I thought i’d share what i’ve been drinking this month.

Sin: I’m the sort of person who will choose the calorie laden option nine times out of ten so i’ll start with the 600 calorie Starbucks Venti Java Chip Frappuccino. I don’t even care, sometimes you need the coffee, cream and sugary goodness.

Saint: Just this week I discovered The Rebel Kitchen, namely their coffee and coconut milk drink. It’s super refreshing, tastes great and is a fraction of the frappuccino calories. Oh, and its dairy and refined sugar free, what’s not to love?

The Sunday Bake

From now on my weekly feature is going to be The Sunday Bake, where I bake something new every week, whether it be my own recipe, one that i’ve adapted or one that i’ve followed. As a relatively new baker I thought I could share how easy or difficult I found the recipe, and of course how well it turned out.

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So this week I had some avocados that needed to be used up, and decided to investigate recipes for brownies made with avocado, as I’ve heard good things about them. The recipe which I decided to try was on a blog called Southern in Law, you can find it here. I’m normally wary about following new recipes, but these brownies turned out to be amazing.

Difficulty: The recipe is really straightforward, however it got very messy. Kristen’s advice is to keep adding things into a food processor until all the ingredients end up in there. While this is fine if you’ve got a heavy duty food processor, mine just couldn’t cope and I ended up having to transfer the mixture halfway through and spilling some of it along the way. When I make these again i’ll just whiz together the first stage of ingredients (avocado, eggs, vanilla, water) and then do the rest by hand in a mixing bowel.

Cost: Most of the ingredients are store cupboard ingredients so its super affordable. I’d say most people will probably just need to run out and get some avocado and chocolate, coming to about ยฃ3.00

Adaptations: I added pecans for extra flavour and crunch, and a dusting of icing sugar.

Result: Squidy, moist, chocolatey brownies just the way the should be. This is the best and most simple brownie recipe i’ve tried so far.


Street Food Forever

When I was younger I hated growing up in Birmingham and couldn’t wait to leave. Although I live in England’s second city, I couldn’t see past the abundance of negative stereotypes associated with it. From attacks on our multicultural community to our ย ‘grey’ architecture, Birmingham is done no favours by the media.

As part of the monthly travels challenge I thought i’d share an event which occurs in Birmingham in July;ย a street food market in Kings Heath which is run by Brum Yum Yum, you can check out their website here. The monthly street food market features all sorts of delicious food including churros, stone baked pizza, curries, pies and a whole lot more. I went for the first time a few months ago and I was impressed by the quality of the food. I chose a vegan ‘cheeseburger’ and then my mom and I shared portion of fresh churros. The rest of the afternoon was spent combatting the chill in the air with coffee, and listening to the live music on offer.

In July the whole Brum Yum Yum went completely veggie for the first time, incorporating loads of great veggie street food like The Vegan Grindhouse, American street food recreated to be Vegan friendly! Other Brum Yum Yum regulars, such as Pietanic, went veggie for the occasion.ย The street food scene in Birmingham is abundant, with great events popping up all over the place, including the MACย and the Jewellery Quarter. We also have more michelin restaurants outside London than anywhere else in England, so we’re a great destination for foodies!

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Image courtesy of The Vegan Grindhouse Facebook page
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Image courtesy of Brum Yum Yum Facebook