Daily Archives: 17 October 2011

National Baking Week

National Baking Week

National Baking Week

Baking is trendy once more thanks to BBC’s Great British Bake-Off.

Strangely compelling and featuring cookery legend Mary Berry, the program has reignited interest in this culinary delight (despite Mel and Sue popping up with ‘amusing’ comments throughout).

With most forms of cooking, you can get away with throwing a few ingredients together without propensity for disaster.

With baking, however, it really is a scientific art and without the right ratios of ingredients, it simply doesn’t work.

That’s why recipes are so crucial for us mere mortals for which this science is something of a mystery.

The Dairy Diary and Dairy Book of Home Cookery are packed with baking recipes; in fact the latter features a staggering 167 breads, pies, bakes and cakes!

So don your pinny….get….set…..bake! 

How about this amazing…

Chocolate Layer Cake from the Dairy Book of Home CookeryChocolate Layer Cake
Recipe taken from Dairy Book of Home Cookery

 

 

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Chocolate Layer Cake

Chocolate Layer Cake from the Dairy Book of Home Cookery

No wonder baking is back in fashion. Yummy!

Serves 8
Preparation 30 mins
Cooking 40 mins
Per portion 430 kcals
34g fat (19.1g saturated)

110g (4oz) self-raising flour
2 tbsp cocoa powder
110g (4oz) butter
110g (4oz) caster sugar
25g (1oz) golden syrup
½ tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs 4 tsp milk
200ml (7fl oz) double cream, whipped
Grated chocolate to decorate

1 Grease and line a two 18cm (7in) round sandwich tins.

Sift flour twice with cocoa.

3 Cream butter, sugar, syrup and vanilla together until very pale, light and fluffy.

4 Beat in eggs, one at a time, adding 1 tbsp of sifted dry ingredients with each one.

5 Fold in milk and remaining dry ingredients.

6 Transfer to prepared tins and smooth top.

7 Bake at 180°C (350°F) Mark 4 for 20 minutes, or until springy to touch.

8 Turn out on to a wire rack, strip off paper and leave until cool.

Cut cake into 2 layers. Fill and cover top with whipped cream. Sprinkle with chocolate.

 

Recipe taken from Dairy Book of Home Cookery

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