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Recipe of the Week: Chocolate, Ginger and Cardamom Tea Bread

Chocolate, Ginger and Cardamom Tea Bread

Ingredients

  • Ground cardamom 2 tsp
  • Crystallised stem ginger 250g (9oz)
  • Raisins 110g (4oz)
  • Light muscovado sugar 75g (3oz)
  • Orange 1, zest only
  • Strong Assam tea 200ml (7fl oz)
  • Egg 1, beaten
  • Self-raising flour 200g (7oz)
  • 70% dark chocolate 110g (4oz), chopped into generous chunks

Instructions

  1. Add the cardamom, ginger, raisins, sugar and zest to a large bowl and pour in the hot Assam tea. Cover the bowl with a cloth and leave overnight to soak
  2. When ready to start baking, preheat the oven to 160°C/gas mark 3. Line a loaf tin with baking parchment and set aside
  3. Add the egg to the mix, stir to combine then gradually mix in the flour until smooth and incorporated. Stir in the chocolate chunks then pour the mixture into the lined loaf tin. Bake in the oven for an hour and a half, until a metal skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean
  4. Remove from the oven and leave the cake to cool in the tin. When cool, carefully remove from the tin and wrap in parchment paper, followed by a clean tea towel. Leave the bundle for 24 hours before unwrapping and eating – this will allow the cake to develop a deeper, more rounded flavour.

 

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Gorgeous Bake Club and the most delicious cake ever!

My friends and colleagues at Baked & Delicious have recently launched the most fabulous online community called Bake Club.

This stunning site is packed full of the most beautiful recipes and fascinating foodie blogs and vlogs.

While I was having a nose the other day I got very excited about this recipe I stumbled across.

I LOVE tea bread and chocolate,
and ginger – in fact this must be
my perfect cake, so I had to give it a try.

The original recipe actually used ground cardamom but I couldn’t find it so I replaced it with allspice and it was still delicious. Every single member of the family loved it.

 

Chocolate, Ginger and Cardamom Tea Bread

Ingredients

  • Chocolate-&-Ginger-Tea-Bread-AGround cardamom 2 tsp
  • Crystallised stem ginger 250g (9oz)
  • Raisins 110g (4oz)
  • Light muscovado sugar 75g (3oz)
  • Orange 1, zest only
  • Strong Assam tea 200ml (7fl oz)
  • Egg 1, beaten
  • Self-raising flour 200g (7oz)
  • 70% dark chocolate 110g (4oz), chopped into generous chunks

Instructions

  1. Chocolate-&-Ginger-Tea-Bread-BAdd the cardamom, ginger, raisins, sugar and zest to a large bowl and pour in the hot Assam tea. Cover the bowl with a cloth and leave overnight to soak
  2. When ready to start baking, preheat the oven to 160°C/gas mark 3. Line a loaf tin with baking parchment and set aside
  3. Add the egg to the mix, stir to combine then gradually mix in the flour until smooth and incorporated. Stir in the chocolate chunks then pour the mixture into the lined loaf tin. Bake in the oven for an hour and a half, until a metal skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean
  4. Remove from the oven and leave the cake to cool in the tin. When cool, carefully remove from the tin and wrap in parchment paper, followed by a clean tea towel. Leave the bundle for 24 hours before unwrapping and eating – this will allow the cake to develop a deeper, more rounded flavour.

Recipe by Paul A Young for Great British Chefs

 

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Recipe of the Week: Meringue Nests filled with Chocolate, Cherries & Cream

Meringue Nests filled with Chocolate, Cherries & Cream

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Per portion: 244 Kcal, 16g fat (8.5g saturated) Suitable for vegetarians Ingredients

  • Dark chocolate (70% cocoa) 110g (4oz), broken into pieces
  • Ready-made meringue nests 8
  • Double cream 150ml (¼ pint)
  • Berries and cherries conserve 2 tbsp
  • Cherries 16

Instructions

  1. Melt the chocolate in a heatpoof bowl set over a pan of gently simmering water, making sure the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the water. Stir often. Remove the bowl from the heat and leave to cool but not set.
  2. Put the meringues on a large plate. Then, using a teaspoon, spoon a little melted chocolate into the base of each meringue and leave to set.
  3. Spread a sheet of greaseproof paper on a worksurface and spoon the remaining chocolate onto the paper to make 8 shards or zigzags to decorate each nest. Leave to set, chilling in the refrigerator if necessary.
  4. Wash and dry the chocolate bowl, then pour in the cream and whisk until it is just beginning to thicken. Add the conserve and whisk again until thick. Spoon the cream into the nests and arrange the cherries on top. Gently peel the chocolate decorations from the greaseproof paper and use them to decorate the meringue nests.

Recipe taken from Clever One Pot cookbook.


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This year, we are enjoying a bumper crop of cherries in the UK – hurray! As my all-time favourite fruit I am delighted. And as it’s National Cherry Day on Thursday, it’s the perfect excuse to make this exquisite but very easy dessert. After last week’s blog, you will be an expert in meringue making, so you should be able to make it standing on your head! (Don’t try this at home folks)

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Chocolate Whisky Cake

Every Scottish baker has their own recipe for chocolate cake and this one incorporates whisky, which complements the flavour of the chocolate. There is also a hidden ingredient (a Scottish favourite), which helps give the cake its rich, moist texture.

Chocolate Whisky CakePreparation time – 25 minutes
Cooking time – 25 minutes
Calories per portion – 435 Kcal
Fat per portion – 24g of which saturated – 13.6g
Serving – 10
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Very dark plain chocolate 175g (6oz)
Unsalted butter 110g (4oz), softened
Light brown sugar 175g (6oz)
Cold finely mashed potato 75g (3oz)
Eggs 2, beaten
Self-raising flour 175g (6oz)
Salt 1⁄2 tsp
Milk 4 tbsp
Double cream 125ml (4fl oz)
Icing sugar 50g (2oz), sifted
Whisky 3 tbsp
Raspberry jam 3 tbsp
Raspberries to decorate

1 Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas 5 and grease and line two 20cm (8in) Victoria sandwich cake tins. In a heatproof bowl, break 50g (2oz) of the chocolate, and place over a pan of gently simmering water to melt.

2 In another bowl, beat together the butter and brown sugar until pale. Beat in the melted chocolate and mashed potato.

3 Gradually beat in the eggs, adding a little of the flour with each. Sift the remaining flour and salt into the mixture and add the milk. Gently fold together until well combined.

4 Divide the mixture equally between the prepared tins and smooth over the tops. Bake for about 25 minutes until risen and springy-firm to the touch. Turn onto wire racks to cool completely.

5 Melt the remaining chocolate as above and cool for 10 minutes. Add the cream, the icing sugar and the whisky. Carefully whisk together until thick and creamy. Spread the jam over one half of the cake and then spread half the chocolate cream on top. Sandwich together with the other half. Spread the remaining chocolate cream on top. Decorate with fresh raspberries before serving.

Cook’s tip
If whisky isn’t your preferred tipple, dark rum or brandy also works well with chocolate, or replace with orange juice for a non-alcoholic version.

Recipe taken from Around Britain Dairy Cookbook.

Choc Mousse

A yummy treat to share, but even better just for one!

Serves 2
Time 15 mins plus chilling
Calories 1173 per portion
Fat 92g of which 51.2g is saturated
Suitable for vegetarians

Amaretti biscuits 50g (2oz), crushed
Miniature marshmallows 40g (1½oz), plus extra to decorate
Plain chocolate 110g (4oz), broken into pieces
Almond liqueur 1 tbsp
Double cream 250ml (9fl oz)

1 Mix biscuits with half of miniature marshmallows. Divide one half of mixture between bases of two serving glasses.

2 Melt chocolate, remaining marshmallows and almond liqueur in a bowl over hot water.

3 Remove from heat and leave to cool for 5 minutes. Whip cream and carefully fold into chocolate mixture.

4 Divide half of mixture over biscuit base, then add remaining biscuits and top with a layer of chocolate.

5 Place in freezer for 30 minutes and serve with extra marshmallows.

A Dairy Diary recipe.

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