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Gooseberry and Elderflower Cakes

I’ve been finding things to do with gooseberries as we have such an abundant crop this year.  Apart from stewing them up for crumbles and pies (and popping the stewed fruit in the freezer) I have found other recipes and here is one.

You use fresh gooseberries just top and tail them first.

Ingredients:

150g self raising flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 large egg

40 golden caster sugar

2 tablespoons milk

75ml elderflower cordial

50g melted butter, slightly cooled

225g gooseberries

1 tablespoon of demerara sugar

Method:

Pre heat oven to 200 degrees C or gas mark 6

Put 12 cake cases into a cake tray

Sift the flour and salt into a bowl

In another bowl whisk the egg, sugar, milk, elderflower cordial and melted butter.

Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ones quickly (ie about 15 seconds)

Fold in the gooseberries whole,  (reserving 12 smaller ones), no stirring, the mixture will look lumpy

Divide the mixture between the cake cases (I made 12)

Lightly press 2 smaller gooseberries into the top of each cake

Sprinkle the demerara sugar over the top

Bake in the oven for 20 minutes until well risen and golden brown

Remove from oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool

Store in a airtight tin – these will keep for 2 or 3 days – delicious

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Simple pleasures – homegrown and homemade

During a brief respite in the rain (it has poured here for 2 days solid), I managed to get out and pick runner beans.  The beans love the rain and have been growing like mad.

runner beans picked today

We have so many beans I am taking some to a friend tonight and I have already posted some to my Dad!!

I also noticed that our second row of peas have started to swell in the wet weather, so I picked some today, just enough for tonight’s dinner.

today’s peas

Whilst I was out picking veggies, my little cakes were baking in the oven.  I just used one egg, weighed it, and used equal quantities of butter, castor sugar and flour, then added ginger powder and sultanas.  Really simple little cakes that only take 18 minutes at 200 degrees C to cook.

Little ginger and sultana cakes

We’ve just had a cup of tea and a little cake still warm, lovely.  So simple pleasures for a wet weekend.  Now I must go and get on with some ironing, not such a pleasure!!

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Little Easter Fairy Cakes

Today was my turn to make small cakes for the “Golden Age Group” that I help out with.  This is a club for elderly people in Churchingford every fortnight.  They have a speaker, then a high tea of sandwiches, scones and cakes.  As we have just had Easter I decided to make my fairy cakes with an Easter theme.

Little Easter fairy cakes

It’s a simple recipe.  You weigh the eggs and then add the same of sugar, butter and flour.  I used 3 eggs that weighed 200g, so beat together 200g of butter and light brown sugar, then added 200g of self raising flour.  I split the mixture into 2, and into one bowl I added a teaspoon of mixed spice and half a teaspoon of ginger powder and a generous sprinkling of dried currants.  Into the other bowl I added 4 teaspoons of cocoa powder, then turned them into individual cake cases.  Popped them in the oven at 200 degrees for 15 minutes, and left them to cool. I made some icing out of icing sugar and water, and for the chocolate icing added more cocoa powder, and then topped them off with mini chocolate eggs.  I’m always making cakes, as I like to offer my B&B guests cakes when they arrive.  see us atwww.lodgehousebandbsomerset.co.uk

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