Sunday, April 27, 2014

Things I've made this week...

A pretty coconut, lime and plum cake
My baking demo at the DeLonghi showroom
Easter cookies! I made bunnies with spices and rosemary, tahini and honey cookies, double chocolate hazelnut orange cookies and raw lemon coconut truffles.
My multi-layered apricot and ganache cake in the latest Taste Magazine.
Plants and flowers at my new space.
I'm very happy to be supplying cafes again! I have kept my wholesale accounts very select, only supplying 4 of my favorite cafes - Dizengoff, Fred's, Giles and Eighthirty. Cakes will be at these cafes every day of the week!
My baking demo at Farro Fresh, thanks to Kenwood, Billington's sugar and Lewis Road Creamery. (Feeling very Janet Jackson with my headset on). 

Monday, April 14, 2014

'A Taste of Marlborough' event + cake recipe!

Last week I was honoured to be involved in a beautiful event held by Brancott Estate at Ponsonby Central. There were 4 of girls us serving all 180 guests our creations - Eleanor from Petite Kitchen, Jess from My Underground Kitchen, and Delaney from Heartbreak Pie. In true Caker fashion I made 2 enormous cakes to match the flavour notes in Brancott Estate's Fume Blanc. I used some lovely ingredients from Marlborough including Putake honey and Uncle Joe's hazelnuts. The recipe I came up with is a refined sugar free hazelnut, lemon and honey cake, with orange blossom and honey syrup and roasted pears, served with honey laced Greek yogurt. It's pretty delicious if I do say so myself! I'm delighted to share this recipe (below) with all my readers xx

Photos by Laura Forest

HAZELNUT, LEMON AND HONEY CAKE WITH ORANGE BLOSSOM AND HONEY SYRUP AND ROASTED PEARS

Ingredients:

200g ground almonds
100g spelt flour
2 tspn baking powder
pinch sea salt
100g Uncle Joe's hazelnut coarse meal
250g Putake honey
200ml Greek yogurt
3 large organic eggs
150ml coconut oil, melted
1 tspn vanilla extract
zest and juice of 1 lemon

Syrup:
100ml water
100g Putake honey
juice of 1 lemon
2 tbspn orange blossom water

To serve:
1 pear, cut into slices
1 tablespoon Putake honey
1 tablespoon coconut oil

good quality store bought lemon curd for inbetween the layers

Icing sugar for dusting
roasted Unle Joe's hazelnuts, chopped
rose buds / edible flowers
Greek yogurt swirled with 1 tablespoon melted Putake honey

Directions:

Preheat oven to 180, grease and line 2 x 22cm tins. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
Place the pear slices onto the tray and drizzle with honey and coconut oil. Bake for 15 minutes or until soft and caramelised.
Meanwhile, make the cake batter: in a large bowl, sift together all the dry ingredients except the hazelnut meal.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat toegther wet ingredients. Gradually add in the dry ingredients in batches. Fold through the hazelnut meal.
Evenly divide the batter between the cake tins and bake for approximately 30 minutes or until golden in colour, springy to the touch and a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.
Allow the cakes to cool for 10 minutes before turning out onto a cooling rack.
Meanwhile, make the syrup: boil the water and the honey for 5 mins, or until reduced by half, add lemon juice and orange blossom water.
Once cool, apply a layer of lemon curd to one layer and palce the other on top.
Dust the cake with icing sugar and sprinkle with roughly chopped roasted hazelnuts. Decorate with flowers.
Serve warm with the roasted pear slices and honey laced Greek yogurt, drizzled with the honey syrup.

This recipe is adapted from Amber Rose's beautiful book, Love Bake Nourish xx

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Kenwood Love

I have to be honest and admit that I didn't always play for team Kenwood. When I first became a fanatical baker my mum bought me a white KitchenAid, which served me very well over the years. But it wasn't until Kenwood gifted me a brand new shiny red kMix, that I knew how amazing a stand mixer could be! I'm now a fully converted Kenwood enthusiast. The things I love about this mixer are the rubber attachment on the paddle, which scrapes down the sides of the bowl perfectly, how quiet it is even on full speed, and the fact that your ingredients don't splash out and make a big mess (a problem I constantly had with my KitchenAid). On top of all this, it doesn't hurt that Kenwood appliances are good to look at, and fit in perfectly with my new kitchen, don't you think? I was also given a blender and a food processor, all in white to compliment the stainless steel and white walls. What a lucky baker I am.
My collection of Kenwood boxes!
Making some ganache 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

An exclusive baking demonstration with DeLonghi...

I have yet another exciting event coming up this month, thanks to DeLonghi, Kenwood, Lewis Road Creamery and Billington's Sugar. It's an exclusive baking demonstration at the beautiful DeLonghi showroom, for just 12 people. There are going to be 2 sessions held on Saturday 12th April. Click here for more info and to purchase tickets!