Cinnamon Shortbread

Cinnamon Shortbread
Cinnamon Shortbread
Cinnamon Shortbread
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Cinnamon Shortbread is a classic Scottish treat with a comforting buttery taste. This shortbread recipe is extra special as the biscuits are covered in cinnamon and flavoured with vanilla.
Servings Prep Time
12 10
Cook Time
10
Servings Prep Time
12 10
Cook Time
10
Cinnamon Shortbread
Cinnamon Shortbread
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Cinnamon Shortbread is a classic Scottish treat with a comforting buttery taste. This shortbread recipe is extra special as the biscuits are covered in cinnamon and flavoured with vanilla.
Servings Prep Time
12 10
Cook Time
10
Servings Prep Time
12 10
Cook Time
10
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180˚C.
  2. Place the cinnamon stick in a food processor and grind into a fine powder.
  3. Add the caster sugar to the mixer and blend again
  4. Score down the vanilla pod and remove the seeds. Add both the pod and the seeds to the sugar mix and store until ready to use
  5. sift the flour into the icing sugar, add the salt and mix together.
  6. Mix in the softened butter and add the beaten egg yolk.
  7. Roll out the mix onto a floured surface until 1/2cm thick
  8. Cut the shortbread into 8cm by 3cm rectangular fingers and place in the oven.
  9. Cook until browned at the edges, or 10 minutes approximately
  10. Remove the shortbread from the oven and allow to briefly cool on the cooling rack.
  11. Sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar and serve
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Vanilla cream filling

Vanilla cream filling

Vanilla cream filling
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Servings Prep Time
8 people 10 min
Cook Time Passive Time
5 min 30 min
Servings Prep Time
8 people 10 min
Cook Time Passive Time
5 min 30 min
Vanilla cream filling
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Servings Prep Time
8 people 10 min
Cook Time Passive Time
5 min 30 min
Servings Prep Time
8 people 10 min
Cook Time Passive Time
5 min 30 min
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Combine the milk and vanilla extract; bring to the boil.
  2. Beat egg yolks and icing sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Stir in the cornflour.
  4. Gradually pour in hot milk, stirring constantly.
  5. In a double boiler, cook the mixture over medium high heat for 2-4 minutes, stirring constantly.
  6. Reduce heat and whisk the mixture for few more minutes.
  7. Set aside to cool before using as required.
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Carrot cake

Carrot cake in Ellesmere Port

Carrot cake

carrot cake is a great way to get children to eat vegetables without even noticing. my creamy icing is lighter in fat than a traditional one, as it uses ricotta cheese.

Carrot cake in Ellesmere Port
Carrot cake
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Servings Prep Time
10 people 30 min
Cook Time
50 min
Servings Prep Time
10 people 30 min
Cook Time
50 min
Carrot cake in Ellesmere Port
Carrot cake
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Servings Prep Time
10 people 30 min
Cook Time
50 min
Servings Prep Time
10 people 30 min
Cook Time
50 min
Ingredients
cake
Orange ricotta icing
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC (350ºF, gas mark 4). Grease a 20 cm (8 in) round deep cake tin and line the bottom with baking parchment.
  2. Sift the wholemeal and white flours and the cinnamon into a large bowl, tipping in any bran left in the sieve. Coarsely chop about two-thirds of the brazil nuts and stir into the flour with the raisins. Thinly slice the rest of the brazil nuts lengthways and set aside.
  3. In another bowl, beat together the sugar and oil with a wooden spoon until well combined. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the grated carrots and orange zest and juice. With a large metal spoon, carefully fold the carrot mixture into the flour mixture, just until combined. Do not overmix.
  4. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin. Bake for 50 minutes or until risen and firm to the touch. Leave the cake in the tin for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and peel off the lining paper. Cool completely.
  5. To make the icing, put the ricotta in a bowl, add the sugar and orange zest, and beat with a wooden spoon.
  6. When the cake is cold, spread the icing on top. Scatter over the reserved sliced brazil nuts, letting some stick up out of the icing at different angles. The cake can be kept, covered, in the fridge for up to 3 days.
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Black Forest cake

Black Forest cake in Ellesmere Port

Black Forest cake

Black Forest Gateau! This may seem like a chore to make, but the end result is well worth it. Layers of chocolate sponge, black cherry topping and whipped cream icing.

Black Forest cake in Ellesmere Port
Black Forest cake
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Black Forest cake
Servings Prep Time
12 people 1 huor
Cook Time
35 min
Servings Prep Time
12 people 1 huor
Cook Time
35 min
Black Forest cake in Ellesmere Port
Black Forest cake
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Black Forest cake
Servings Prep Time
12 people 1 huor
Cook Time
35 min
Servings Prep Time
12 people 1 huor
Cook Time
35 min
Ingredients
sponge
cherry filling
Cream Icing
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease and flour two 23cm (9 in) round cake tins; cover bottoms with baking parchment.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, 400g sugar, cocoa, baking powder, bicarb and salt. Add eggs, milk, oil and 1 tablespoon vanilla; beat until well blended. Pour cake mixture into prepared tins.
  3. Bake for 35 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into centre comes out clean. Cool layers in tins on wire racks for 10 minutes. Loosen edges, and remove to racks to cool completely.
  4. To make the cherry filling: Drain cherries, reserving 125ml juice. Combine reserved juice, cherries, 200g sugar and cornflour in a 2 litre saucepan. Cook over low heat until thickened, stirring constantly. Stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla. Cool before using.
  5. To make the icing: Combine whipping cream and icing sugar in a chilled bowl. Beat with an electric mixer at high speed until stiff peaks form.
  6. With long serrated knife, split each cooled cake layer horizontally in half. Break one split layer apart into crumbs; set aside. Reserve 1/4 of the whipped cream icing for decorating cake; set aside. Gently brush loose crumbs off top and side of each cake layer with pasty brush or hands.
  7. To assemble: Place one cake layer on cake plate. Spread with whipped cream icing, then top with 180ml cherry topping. Top with second cake layer; repeat layers of whipped cream icing and cherry topping. Top with third cake layer. Ice side of cake. Pat reserved crumbs onto icing on side of cake. Spoon reserved icing into pastry bag fitted with star tip. Pipe around top and bottom edges of cake. Spoon remaining cherry topping onto top of cake.
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Jam Sponge Cake

jam sponge cake in Ellesmere Port

Jam Sponge Cake

The perfect party cake, a jam sponge is a traditional bake everyone will love.

jam sponge cake in Ellesmere Port
Jam Sponge Cake
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Servings Prep Time
10 slices 10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Servings Prep Time
10 slices 10 min
Cook Time
25 min
jam sponge cake in Ellesmere Port
Jam Sponge Cake
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Servings Prep Time
10 slices 10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Servings Prep Time
10 slices 10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Ingredients
Sponge
Filling
Servings: slices
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Butter two 20cm sandwich tins and line with non-stick baking paper.
  2. In a large bowl, beat all the cake ingredients together until you have a smooth, soft batter.
  3. Divide the mixture between the tins, smooth the surface with a spatula or the back of a spoon. Bake for about 25 to 30 mins until golden and the cake springs back when pressed.
  4. Turn onto a cooling rack and leave to cool completely.
  5. To make the filling, beat the butter until smooth and creamy, then gradually beat in icing sugar. Beat in vanilla extract if you’re using it.
  6. Spread the butter cream over the bottom of one of the sponges. Top it with jam and sandwich the second sponge on top.
  7. Dust with a little icing sugar before serving. Keep in an airtight container and eat within 2 days.
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Chocolate Cake

cholate cake filling

Chocolate Cake

Chocolate cake perfect for birthdays, this is a great recipe for an easy, foolproof chocolate cake. It’s moist and bouncy and will keep well for 4-5 days

cholate cake filling
Chocolate Cake
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Servings Prep Time
12 10
Cook Time
35
Servings Prep Time
12 10
Cook Time
35
cholate cake filling
Chocolate Cake
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Servings Prep Time
12 10
Cook Time
35
Servings Prep Time
12 10
Cook Time
35
Ingredients
sponge
Filling
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Pre heat oven to gas mark 5
  2. Beat sugar and oil together
  3. Beat in the eggs
  4. Add vanilla
  5. Mix in the coco powder
  6. Mix in the milk
  7. Add the flour and salt and mix properly
  8. When properly mixed place into baking tray and bake for about 30 min or until probe comes out clean
Filling
  1. Bring cream to boil in a sauce pan
  2. Remove of heat when boiling and add chocolate
  3. Stir until chocolate is melted completely
  4. When chocolate is melted stir in icing sugar
  5. Leave to cool then spread between your layers of cake
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