I adapted this recipe for white chocolate brownies from one of Nigella‘s. Here’s how:
- Melted 3oz unsalted butter with 100g white chocolate (I used my favourite Green & Black’s).
- Whisked 2 duck eggs with 6oz granulated sugar until thick and creamy.
- Beat in the cooled chocolate and 1 tsp vanilla extract.
- Folded in 6 oz plain flour (1/2 wholemeal spelt & 1/2 gluten free) with 1 tsp salt.
- Stirred in 4oz chopped walnuts.
- Turned this into a buttered 25cm x 20cm tin and baked at 170°C (gas 4) for 20 mins.
It’s my birthday next week and in true birthday tradition I have to bring in cakes to work. What to make? Last year I think I did a strawberry and cream cake along with Expresso cupcakes. Cupcakes are good because they travel well, don’t need cutting and are easy to eat in a work situation. This time I plumped for Night & Day cupcakes from How to be a Domestic Goddess.
- Sifted 175g flour (used 1/2 wholemeal spelt and 1/2 white spelt) with 50g cocoa, 1 tsp baking powder and a pinch of salt.
- Mixed in 175g granulated sugar & made a well in the centre.
- Poured in 100ml sunflower oil, 25ml cold pressed olive oil and 150ml warm water.
- Combined liquid and flour then mixed in 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar and 1/2 tbsp white wine vinegar.
- Spooned mixture into a 21cm cake thingie and baked at 180°C (gas 4) for 30 mins. Turned oven off and left for further 5 mins. Cooled in container.
- Creamed 75g granulated sugar, 50g muscovado sugar with 125g unsalted butter
- Beat in 2 duck eggs alternately with 125g flour (1/2 wholemeal and 1/2 white spelt), 1 tsp baking powder and 2 level tbsp cocoa.
- Stirred in 1 tsp vanilla extract with 1 tbsp milk and 2 tbsp warm water.
- Divided into 12 cupcake cases and baked at 180°C (gas 4) for 20 mins.
- Sieved 100g icing sugar.
- Mixed in 100g cream cheese and 1 tbsp lemon juice.
- Spooned onto cupcakes and decorated each with a chocolate coated coffee bean.
Off on a journey and need something that travels well so can still be presented with some aplomb to family on arrival. Still not as well equipped for carrying cakes as I’d like to be, so guess it has to be cupcakes! The fair trade orange spice dark chocolate from the co-op was still on offer and having liked the results of the last cake I made with it, I wanted to use it again. So I made up the following recipe.
- Melted 50g of dark orange spice chocolate.
- Creamed 125g unsalted butter with 125g muscovado sugar
- Mixed in chocolate with 2 duck eggs
- Sieved in 125g flour (1/2 wholemeal and 1/2 gluten free) with 1 tsp baking powder and 1 tbsp cocoa.
- Mixed this in with grated zest from 1 orange and 2 tbsp milk.
- Divided mixture into 12 cupcake cases and baked for 17 mins at 180°C (gas 4).
- Melted another 50g of orange spice chocolate.
- Creamed 60g butter with 100g sieved icing sugar.
- Beat in chocolate together with 1 large tbsp sour cream.
- Spooned this onto cooled cupcakes and decorated with sugar flowers.
People keep asking me why I use duck eggs for baking. Well, when it came down to it, I knew that duck eggs were meant to be much better than chicken eggs, but didn’t exactly know why. Where did I pick this up? I couldn’t exactly say, it’s just something I seem to have always known. Having been asked the question, I’ve had to think about it. Is it because the duck yolks seem to be much bigger in proportion to the egg whites? Cakes do seem to be a little richer, a little lighter. Am I imagining this? I think some investigation is called for.