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Re: What are you baking this week?

Postby WWordsworth » Wed Jan 13, 2021 5:40 pm

J requested cake so today I used a Victoria sponge mix and stirred half a jar of mincemeat through it.
Very nice flavour although a touch too sweet for me.

Hindsight says I should have reduced the sugar.

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Re: What are you baking this week?

Postby aero280 » Wed Jan 13, 2021 5:45 pm

I have a big packet of almonds. I blanched them and ground them in the processor. They were not frozen and they were fine.

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Re: What are you baking this week?

Postby Earthmaiden » Wed Jan 13, 2021 6:47 pm

I've got a recipe for Mincemeat Cake which I've used since the 70s. It comes out like an everyday fruit cake.

12oz SR flour
4oz butter
4.5oz sugar
2 lge eggs
4 tablespoons milk
1 jar mincemeat (normal jam jar size)

Preheat oven to 350F (180C. Gas mark 4). Grease 8" deep tin (not 8" deep, just not a shallow tin!) & line bottom with greaseproof paper.
Sift flour, rub in butter, add 4oz of the sugar then add the eggs & milk and mincemeat. Beat for at least 3 mins.
Pour mixture into tin, Bake 1.5 hours. Allow to cool a bit before turning out of tin. When cool sprinkle with the remaining 0.5oz sugar.

It doesn't seem unduly sweet for that sort of cake.

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Re: What are you baking this week?

Postby KeenCook2 » Wed Jan 13, 2021 7:38 pm

EM, that sounds like a really great recipe!!

I keep meaning to make a mincemeat loaf as I've had a bottle of mincemeat in the cupboard for more years than I care to admit!

Next time one of my DSs is here, I'll make one, but I shouldn't really when it's just OH and me or we'll eat too much of it!!

I suppose I could always slice it and freeze it - I have a feeling Suelle might have mentioned doing that although it obviously depends on the sort of cake. It would probably work well for a fruit cake.
I've frozen half a banana cake in the past and it was fine.

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Re: What are you baking this week?

Postby Amyw » Fri Jan 15, 2021 12:17 am

I made some sweet potato brownies today , very nice though not the brownie fudgy texture , but nicer than I thought

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Re: What are you baking this week?

Postby aero280 » Fri Jan 15, 2021 1:21 am

Made a quick batch of scones as I had some double cream that was going off.

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Re: What are you baking this week?

Postby Stokey Sue » Sat Jan 16, 2021 12:40 pm

I made the cheese and courgette muffins again yesterday, I think it’s the 3rd or 4th time I’ve made it, I’ve measured the ingredients each time and followed the recipe. All iterations have been good but somehow practice has made perfect without consciously making any changes to what I do, funny how that happens

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Re: What are you baking this week?

Postby aero280 » Sat Jan 16, 2021 1:03 pm

I made a “monastery” loaf yesterday. A bit of a disaster. The recipe was for a huge loaf, so I halved all the quantities...

...except the salt :oops: :oops: :oops:

It might be edible in small quantities with unsalted butter, but it also has a odd heavy texture :(

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Re: What are you baking this week?

Postby Suffs » Sat Jan 16, 2021 2:54 pm

Has anyone tried this recipe?
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/recipe ... 1884279279

I’m using it to make a pie for our Sunday supper tomorrow. I only have a 4-hole tin of the right size so I’m going to make it as a larger ‘plate pie’ ... I’ve steamed the sweet potato and cauliflower today and made a batch of pastry ... I made half and half wholemeal as I thought that might be more to our taste with that filling than plain white shortcrust. I used the last tin of chickpeas earlier in the week so I’ve got some soaking today and I’ll boil them up tomorrow morning. I don’t have a tin of coconut milk either but I’ve got a block of creamed coconut so I’ll grate that and make it up with hot water.
We have some frozen leaf spinach so that’ll be fine.

Any thoughts anyone?

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Re: What are you baking this week?

Postby WWordsworth » Sat Jan 16, 2021 3:46 pm

I managed to burn some biscuits today :roll: :oops:

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Re: What are you baking this week?

Postby Stokey Sue » Sat Jan 16, 2021 3:48 pm

Suffs, To be honest I’d probably rather have the curry with rice or naan bread but what intrigues me is the instruction to keep the chickpea liquid (aka aqua faba) for glazing the pastry. Sounds like a plan to me!

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Re: What are you baking this week?

Postby Earthmaiden » Sat Jan 16, 2021 3:50 pm

It looks along the lines of a samosa type thing flavour-wise. I think I'd prefer it an an individual 'pie', maybe made in the style of a pasty. That may be just because I like that ratio of pastry/filling and wouldn't enjoy a ratio of more filling as much as most people. It should work well.

Oops re the burnt biscuits!

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Re: What are you baking this week?

Postby Suffs » Sat Jan 16, 2021 4:15 pm

Hmm ... pasty shaped is an idea ... the idea oc doing it as just the one pie appealed as it’s for our Sunday meal and it would be a bit more if an ‘occasion’ dish. Shall ponder on it ...

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Re: What are you baking this week?

Postby Earthmaiden » Sat Jan 16, 2021 4:20 pm

I think a plate pie would be fine. Especially as you've said, as a main meal.

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Re: What are you baking this week?

Postby Suffs » Mon Jan 18, 2021 12:59 pm

Well, the pie was a success ... I had wondered if it might be a bit 'stodgy' but the texture of the filling was great, and the half and half wholemeal shortcrust went well with it, and we really liked the flavours. One to repeat.

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Re: What are you baking this week?

Postby Pampy » Mon Jan 18, 2021 1:11 pm

That looks absolutely fantastic, Suffs!

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Re: What are you baking this week?

Postby Suffs » Mon Jan 18, 2021 1:15 pm

I must say it's 'a bit special' Pampy ........... I think that maybe with a few seasonal tweaks it could be fantastic at Christmas.

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Re: What are you baking this week?

Postby KeenCook2 » Mon Jan 18, 2021 1:23 pm

:yum :yum :yum :yum Suffs :clap

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Re: What are you baking this week?

Postby Earthmaiden » Mon Jan 18, 2021 1:30 pm

Spectacular! Quite a deep 'plate pie' too!

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Re: What are you baking this week?

Postby WolfGirl » Mon Jan 18, 2021 2:30 pm

Suffs, that looks fantastic! :yum

Did you brush the top with the aqua faba in the end?

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