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What are you baking?

Discussion in 'suburban75' started by kittyP, Nov 15, 2011.

  1. kittyP

    kittyP schmeeer

    If there already is one of these then delete please.

    Last night I made Nigel Salter Black Banana Loaf
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/black_banana_cake_52982

    I left out the nuts and instead of choc chips put in bashed chunks of green&blacks 80% cocoa.

    It's yummy, sweet and a hint of bitter.

    Have some in my bag for people at work :)
     
  2. Greebo

    Greebo Still hooked, not unravelling.

    If there's time, and if I can find the key ingredient, chocolate quintessence cake. Enough cocoa solids & theobromine to make your heart race.
    Standard weight of an egg mixture, with cocoa powder replacing up to half the flour, plus fragments of white, v dark, orange dark, and milk chocolate, and about a teaspoonful of chocolate extract.
     
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  3. dilute micro

    dilute micro esse quam videri

    Yesterday I did a pizza using flour that is over a year and a half old. Surprising thing is it's working pretty well. I'm trying to use up the old stuff before buying more. I keep flour in airtight containers but at room temp. The flour from a container before this last one was almost useless.
     
  4. Biddlybee

    Biddlybee making knots with sticks

    this thread needs pics! :mad:
     
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  5. susie12

    susie12 Well-Known Member

    I made banana bread too at the weekend, for the first time ever. Also first time I'd made a cake in my food processor, it worked beautifully! Banana bread now all gone :)
     
  6. stuff_it

    stuff_it Nerd burglar

    Banana Bread, so named so that you can fool yourself into thinking it's not cake and scoff the lot.
     
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  7. BoatieBird

    BoatieBird You can call me cupcake

    Yum, sounds lovely.
    I like the mix of all the different types of chocolate
     
  8. sheothebudworths

    sheothebudworths Up the bum - no babies!!!

    Just taken this out of the oven...a flourless almond and orange cake (made with whole boiled oranges...or actually, clementines in this case). House smells beautiful! :cool:
    Will try and remember to take a pic of a slice before we eat it later! :D

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  9. nagapie

    nagapie Well-Known Member

    In a couple of weeks I am baking a pumpkin chocolate mud cake for the other half's birthday. It's also got pecans and rum in it. Sounds lush.

    OU, it's a secret, don't tell him.
     
  10. Greebo

    Greebo Still hooked, not unravelling.

    You should smell it when it's in the oven or still hot - :cool:
     
  11. mack

    mack Fact Me Till I Fart

    I made this simple chocolate cake at the weekend - it was lush and quite gooey in the middle (I added walnuts and chocolate chips to the mix),
    one thing though is how do make cake a bit less dense? is it all in the mixing?
     
  12. Greebo

    Greebo Still hooked, not unravelling.

    Whatever lumps you add to the cake, they're always likely to squash a bit of the air out. AFAIK you'll nearly always need to decide whether you want an intense flavour or whether you want lightness of texture. You could experiment with a little extra baking powder, but don't overdo it or you get a bit of a funny aftertaste.

    FWIW the oven here takes so long to reach the right temperature that I wait for it to get there before even starting to do the cake mixture. As soon as the oven's hot enough, mixing starts, and the tins go in ASAP. That goes for any recipe which includes self-raising flour or baking powder - the longer it hangs around, the less well it tends to rise in the oven.
     
  13. Biddlybee

    Biddlybee making knots with sticks

    you win so far sheo :cool:
     
  14. BoatieBird

    BoatieBird You can call me cupcake

    Sifting the flour into the mixture can help you get more air into the mixture.
    Also, make sure that if you're using baking power/bicarb that they are in date.

    I had a couple of not very good results recently when making cakes and when I looked at the baking powder it was about 3 years out of date :facepalm:. I chucked it and replaced it with some fresh and my cakes have been a lot better since.
     
  15. mack

    mack Fact Me Till I Fart

    Everything I used was fresh, I'm guessing I need a proper mixer.. after a couple of minutes mixing it with a fork my arm felt like it was gonna fall off :)
     
  16. nagapie

    nagapie Well-Known Member

    I def would like the recipe.
     
  17. Biddlybee

    Biddlybee making knots with sticks

    it's more because of the pic ;) :D
     
  18. susie12

    susie12 Well-Known Member

    me too!
     
  19. sheothebudworths

    sheothebudworths Up the bum - no babies!!!

    Here it is!

    2 large oranges which have been boiled
    6 eggs, lightly beaten
    250 gr of ground almonds
    250 gr of caster sugar
    1 teaspoon of baking powder
    *I boiled the oranges the night before and allowed them to cool overnight before I prepared the cake the next day*

    Boil the oranges, barely covered in water in a covered saucepan for 2 hours.
    Once cooled, cut them open, remove any pips and chop into rough segments, including the rind.
    Preheat the oven to 190 deg C and butter a 24cm springform pan.
    Blend the oranges and eggs quite thoroughly in a food processor.
    Mix the ground almonds, sugar and baking powder in a bowl and add the orange mixture and whisk it all together to combine.
    Pour the batter in the cake tin and bake for 45 mins to 1 hour.
    Once cooled turn it out on a cake rack and dust with icing sugar.
    Serve with thick cream.

    I boiled the clementines (used 4 in place of the 2 large oranges) last night....and also, when I chopped them up to remove the pips this morning, did my best to scrape off as much pith as possible, because I've made a similar one before and there was a slightly bitter aftertaste, which wasn't that bad, but less popular with the kids iykwim!
    Also - prob best to cover with foil after the 45 minutes* or it'll burn!
    VERY quick and easy to prepare, too (once your oranges are done, anyway). :cool:

    Going to have it with greek yoghurt and a little dribble of maple syrup (and I might reheat it a little, first). :D

    *I actually put it back in the oven after doing it for 45 minutes then trying it once it had cooled and discovering it was still a bit *wet* in the middle (although that may be because there was actually too much of the clementine mush in it (there were fairly large clementines ) :hmm: ....I ended up doing it, under foil, for another 30 mins but the hour would probably have done fine if I hadn't let it cool first).
     
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  20. Yuwipi Woman

    Yuwipi Woman Whack-A-Mole Queen

    I made apple lazagna.

    I took some old brown rice lazagna noodles and cooked them up. I layered that in a square dish with sliced apples and a mixture of cinnamon and brown sugar. Then baked it.

    It was gooooooed.
     
  21. machine cat

    machine cat Cooperative... at times.

    I need to make a tractor cake for machine kitten's birthday next week but I'm really shit at baking :confused:

    Will be doing a trial run tonight/tomorrow.
     
  22. nagapie

    nagapie Well-Known Member

    Are you using a baking tin in the shape of a tractor? I need to bake a train cake for my little boy's birthday soon.
     
  23. QueenOfGoths

    QueenOfGoths Black puddings very black today, Mother!

    Oooh pics please!!

    It's Mr.QofG's birthday next week as well, he would probably like a tractor cake :D

    I have become obsessed by making one of these Christmas cookie trees which is in the current Sainsbury's magazine, so much so that I am considering splashing out a tenner or so on a Christmas Tree cookie kit :oops:

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  24. machine cat

    machine cat Cooperative... at times.

    Nah, not using a tin (looked at the price of them and they are :eek:.

    I want to make something like this:

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    I expect it to be a mess :D:(
     
  25. machine cat

    machine cat Cooperative... at times.

    :D who wouldn't?
     
  26. nagapie

    nagapie Well-Known Member

    My son would love a tractor cake but it's been bagsied by the friend who has a birthday two weeks before him. Mind you, he'd probably want a digger cake more. My head hurts when I think about assembling it, I think mr nags may have to do it.
     
  27. zenie

    zenie >^^<

    dog treats :hmm:
     
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  28. dynamicbaddog

    dynamicbaddog Well-Known Member

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  29. kittyP

    kittyP schmeeer

    OMG that sounds lush!!
     
  30. kittyP

    kittyP schmeeer

    :D I bet the doggie friends think they are yummy :)
     

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