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Busy Day


By samjp


For the first time in weeks I actually had some time to myself yesterday while my parents took my brother to Uni (god how time flies, I can’t believe he’s starting Uni – so pleased for him getting into Liverpool, he did so well). So I took advantage of that and the good weather. Popped out for a couple hours sorted out a parking issue for an event I’m running next week and while I was there went in Morrisons. 60 tulip bulbs and 1 Helebore Christmas Rose later and home I came. I’ve already been getting spring bulbs and now have over 100 to plant (hehehe so much fun). So far I have 12 Snowdrops, 20 Chinodoxia Snow Glories, 5 Hyacinths, 50 Alliums, the 60 tulips and god knows how many bluebells I’ve managed to dig out of the garden over the past few months.

Got home and since the sun was actually shining had a pleasent hour or so in the garden planting bulbs in the section of border by the deck. I’ve already planted the Hyacinths and a few Chinodoxia’s in a pot on the deck. Just need to get something to keep the blasted squirrel out, damn thing was digging up my herbs the other day grrr. Still loads left to do yet but I was loosing the light and needed to do some baking so I packed up. Am hoping the weather is good enough to go out a few nights in the week.

When I’d packed up and washed up I got busy baking. Been meaning to bake some cakes for work for the past month or so, celebrate my exam results and to thank everyone for their help in getting those exam results. So a few hours later and we had 1 Marscapone and Lime Torte, 1 Apple cake (made with home grown apples) and god knows how many Fairy Cakes. This was the end result (not including fairy cakes):

Couple of recipes for you, both of which seem to be well recieved by my colleages, especially the torte.

Marscapone and Lime Torte:
2 × 250g tubs Marscapone Cheese
40g Icing Sugar (sifted)
Lime and Zest of 3/4 limes
200g Ginger Nuts (crushed – a quick whizz in the food processor works brilliantly)
50g Melted butter

1. Mix the crushed ginger nuts and melted butter together
2. Press firmly into the base of an 18cm spring sided loose bottomed cake tin and chill (I tend to forget to chill at this stage, it doesn’t seem to make much difference)
3. Beat/cream together the marscapone cheese, icing sugar lime zest and juice.
4. Spread evenly over the ginger nut base.
5. Chill for at least 30 mins before serving.

Easy. We used to get a couple of fresh mint leaves, spread melted chocolate over them and chill. Once the chocolate had hardened we would carefully peel away the mint leaves and voila mint chocolate decoration. Otherwise a bit of grated chocolate or a bit more lime zest works well as decoration.

Apple Cake
225g self raising flour
1 level teaspoon baking powder
75g butter
150g caster sugar
1 large egg
150ml milk
500g/2 large bramley cooking apples
25g melted butter (I don’t always bother)
50g granulated sugar
1 level teaspoon ground cinamon
Lemon juice

1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4
2. Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl.
3. Add the butter in pieces and rub together until the mixture resembles fine crumbs
4. Stir in the sugar
5. Combine the egg and milk and mix with a fork to break up the egg
6. Add to the dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon to combine.
7. Beat the mixture well for 1 minute to get a soft cake batter
8. Turn the mixture into the cake tin (30 × 20x 2.5cm well buttered)
9. Prepare the cake mixture by brushing melted butter over the mix (I tend to forget this step)
10. Thinly slice the apples and place on the cake mix in neat overlapping rows to cover all the batter.
11. Brush lightly with lemon juice (to taste and to stop the apples turning brown)
12. Mix the granulated sugar and ground cinamon in a bowl and sprinkle evenly over the whole surface
13. Bake for 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 – 15 minutes.

The recipe suggests also scattering pecans over the cake (before the sugar and cinamon). I don’t since I can’t stand Pecans. Quick note, you may want to reduce the amount of granulated sugar. It always seems to be a huge amount of sugar to me.

Enjoy :)

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Thanks, going to my faves, will try the apple.

19 Sep, 2011


ooooh sounds lovely ~ glad you had time for these, thank you, i really fancy the lime and mascapone.
did you know they sell fruit sugar now ~ it is not as sweet as the normal.

19 Sep, 2011


Yummy! I agree with Lil! Going straight onto my faves... followed closely by going straight onto my thighs! Well, I need an extra insulating layer for winter!

19 Sep, 2011


your thighs Libet, my hips. it gets very chilly in Yorkshire.

19 Sep, 2011


your thighs Libet, my hips. it gets very chilly in Yorkshire.

19 Sep, 2011


Wow .... you've been busy & still more planting to be done. Your garden is going to look wonderful when all those bulbs come up. The baking looks wonderful too!

20 Sep, 2011


The garden will look great next springtime, well done to your brother and you of course on your results.
The baking looks good, also added to my favs...

20 Sep, 2011


Thanks guys.

Lol grannyB and Libet, a few people at work have basically said some very similar things. As you say an extra insulating layer is good through winter, then come spring I'm sure you will more than earn that slice of cake :)

Ohhh Fruit sugar, hadn't seen that one yet Sticki. Still the apple cake doesn't tend to be really sweet its just the sheer amount that gets put on the top, you end up with lumps of sugar in some places lol.

Hope all that decide to have a go, enjoy.

20 Sep, 2011


hoping to try the torte tomorrow ~ thanks, it looks lovely.

20 Sep, 2011


Just made the mascapone and lime torte ~ its really lovely and so easy!!
definitely make this again ~ thank you samjp

21 Sep, 2011


Glad you've enjoyed it Sticki :) we've had a McMillan coffee morning today at work and I took another apple cake (doing my best to use the apples off the tree lol). A number of colleagues has (lets say) commented that it should have been the marscapone lol. I guess its a hit :)

22 Sep, 2011


it is really good

22 Sep, 2011


:) glad you enjoyed it.

28 Sep, 2011


Glad I caught up with this blog...I can't believe how behind I get at times...anyway didn't miss the lovely recipe, and if Sticki has baked and tested already, it's gotta be good, ;))))))

Well done to both of you and your results....
Happy bulb planting....:)))

30 Oct, 2011


definitely on my favourites, its really good.

31 Oct, 2011


Mine too Sticki....

31 Oct, 2011


actually i would go so far as to say its nicer than a bought one i have just had from a nice shop!

31 Oct, 2011


That's nice to know....are they freezerble do you think....

31 Oct, 2011


i dont know ~ i ate it too quickly!! but looking through the ingredients ~ i dont see why not??

31 Oct, 2011



31 Oct, 2011


Glad you've enjoyed it so much Sticki. Crissue hope you enjoy it as.

We've never attempted to freeze the torte, theres never enough left lol. The apple cake is apparently freezeable though (again never tried to).

On a side note one of my colleagues has tried the torte with different citrus fruits and said they generally work quite well. I think its also this recipe she uses for her malteser cheesecake. Not sure of the recipe mind.

31 Oct, 2011


Our only problem is locating the marscapone, have to find a deli type shop here that stocks it...Supermarkets don't...

31 Oct, 2011


ooooh malteser cheesecake
please can you ask for the recipe sam?

crissue ~ im amazed, its in all our supermarkets. i imagine some of the other similar things like cream cheese might work???

31 Oct, 2011


OH will have a look on shopping day...thanks Sticki

31 Oct, 2011


Really I'm surprised at that. As Sticki said marscapone cheese is in all of our supermarkets.

Sticki I'll try to remember to get the recipe when I'm back at work (on leave for a glorious two whole entire weeks - can you tell I'm happy to be home lol).

3 Nov, 2011


hmm sounds as if you are quite happy sam, yes please recipe when you can, in the meantime enjoy your time off!

3 Nov, 2011


lol what can I say its been a long and very busy couple of months. Thanks Sticki, so far its been pretty decent :))

3 Nov, 2011

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