Posts Tagged ‘vanilla essence’

What you need:

12 fl oz / 75ml Marsala
4 trifle sponges
1 tbsp / 15ml strawberry conserve
1 banana
15 oz /400g fresh custard
15 oz / mascapone cheese
18 oz / 500g fromage frais
1tsp / 5 ml vanilla essence & sugar
2tbsp / 30 ml toasted flaked almonds

What you do:

Spread the trifle sponges with the strawberry conserve, then place in the bottom of the serving bowl, then sprinkle with marsala then leave for 10 mins.
Hull the strawberries & cut each one in half or quarters.
Peel the banana & cut into medium size chunks & put in the bowl along with 3/4 of the strawberries.
cover the fruit with custard.
Put the mascarpone & fromage frais into a bowl & mix together using an electric whisk.
Add the vanilla sugar & briefly whisk again.
Spoon the mixture on top of the custard & spread evenly.
Keep in the fridge until around 1/2 hour before serving.
Arrange the rest of the strawberries on the top & sprinkle the top with the flaked almonds.

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What you need:

1 1/2oz / 40g self raising flour.
1 tbsp /15 ml cocoa
2 oz / 50g margarine
2 oz / 50g castor sugar
1 egg
a few drops of vanilla essence
1 tbsp / 15ml milk

For the sauce:

2oz / 50g soft brown sugar
1 tbsp / 15ml cocoa
1/4 pint / 150ml hot water.

What you do:

Preheat the oven to 190C / 375F gas mark 5.
Cream together the margarine & sugar, then beat in the egg & the vanilla essence.
Sift the flour & cocoa powder together & fold into the mixture, adding enough milk to make a soft consistency.
Pour into a very well greased oven proof dish, preading evenly.
(The mixture should half fill the dish) . Set aside.
Mix together the sugar & cocoa in a mixing bowl. Stir in the hot water & pour over the cake mixture.
Bake for around 30 – 40 mins.
When cooked the cake mixture will have risen to the top leaving the chocolate sauce at the bottom.
Serve hot or cold.

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What you do:

After receiving your Herman this is what you do.

Day 1 : Place your ‘Herman’ in a large mixing bowl & cover loosely with a tea towel.

Day 2 :  Stir well.

Day 3 :  Stir well.

Day 4 :  Add 1 cup of each of plain flour, sugar & milk. Stir well.

Day 5 :  Stir well.

Day 6 :  Stir well.

Day 7  :  Stir well .

Day 8 :   Stir well.

Day 9 :  Add the same amounts of ingredients as day 4 & stir well.
Divide the mixture into 4 equal portions, keep 1 portion for yourself ,
and give the other 3 portions to friends ( along with a copy of these

Day 10 :  Now you are ready to make the cake.
Stir well, then add the following:
1 cup of sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups of plain flour
2/3 rds cup of cooking oil
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla essence
2 cooking apples ( cut into chunks)
1 cup raisins
2 heaped tsp cinnamon
2 heaped tsp baking powder.

Mix everything together & put into a large greased baking tin ( or oven proof dish).
Sprinkle with a 1/4 cup of brown sugar & a 1/4 cup of melted butter.
Bake in the oven at 170 C / 180C for 45 minutes.

When cold cut into finger slices.

This cake is also lovely warmed with fresh cream or ice cream.

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What you need:
4 tbsp plain flour
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 egg
3 tbsp milk
3 tbsp butter
¼ tsp vanilla essence or peppermint
1 tbsp choc chips (optional)
1 large mug

What to do:

Add dry ingredients to the mug, and mix well.

Crack an egg and add it to your mug. Make sure you  mix it well to avoid any pockets of flour in the corners. Pour in the milk and mix well. Add the vanilla essence.

Pop your mug into the microwave  for 3 minutes on maximum power . Wait until the cake stops rising, and sets in the mug.

Run a knife around the sides of the mug, and tip the still warm cake out of the mug and onto a saucer.

Serve with cream or custard.

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What you need:

For the shortcake
230 g / 8oz  plain flour
60 g / 2  1/2 oz caster sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
Pinch salt
80 g / 3 oz  butter, cut into  cubes
160 ml/ 5  1/2 thickened cream

For the filling

1 punnet of  medium-sized strawberries, hulled and halved lengthways
250 ml / 8 oz  whipping cream
2 tbsp caster sugar
125 g /5 oz ricotta
1 tsp vanilla essence
Icing sugar for dusting.

What to do:

Preheat the oven to 180C / 350F / gas mark 4
To make the shortcakes  mix the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.  Add the butter and mix until the mixture looks like coarse meal.
Add the cream and beat until the mixture comes together.
Place the dough onto a lightly floured surface and form into a 15 cm square about 3cm thick. Refrigerate for an hour.
Using a 5 cm biscuit ring, cut out 9 cakes.
Place on a baking tray and bake for around 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
Cool on a wire  rack.

Make the ricotta cream by whipping the thickened cream with the sugar.
Fold in the ricotta and vanilla.
Slice each shortcake in half and fill with the strawberries and ricotta cream.
Dust with icing sugar.

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What you need:

100 gm butter (softened)
100 gm caster sugar
2 eggs
100 gm self-raising flour
2 tbsp cocoa powder

For the butter cream:

250 gm butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
600 gm icing sugar
2 tablespoons milk

Sugar strands ( for decoration)

What to do:

Preheat the oven to 180C/ 350F/gas 4.

Cream the butter and sugar together, then beat in the eggs a little at a time & with the last of the egg add a little of  the flour ( this will stop the eggs from curdling )  then add the rest of  the flour & the cocoa powder &  cream all together.  (Add a drop of milk to the chocolate mix if it is too stiff.)
Spoon into muffin tins lined with paper cases .

Bake for around 8 minutes.

A tip to test if cooked is to gently touch the top with your finger , if it springs back up then its done.

Cool on a wire rack.

Butter cream:

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and vanilla. Blend in the sugar, a quarter at a time, beating well after each addition.

Gently add the milk , and continue mixing until light and fluffy.

Spoon a little of the butter cream over the top of each cake, then sprinkle over the sugar strands (or anything of your choice)


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What you need:

2 1/4oz / 75g of unsalted butter ( cut into pieces)
1lb 2oz / 500g of dark chocolate
14oz / 400g tin of condensed milk
1/2 tsp vanilla essence.

What to do:

Lightly grease an 8 inch / 20cm shallow baking tin with a little butter.
Break the chocolate into small pieces & put in a medium sized saucepan, along with the condensed milk & butter.
Gently heat all the time gently stirring until the chocolate etc melt & the mixture is smooth.
DO NOT allow the mixture to boil.
Remove from the heat & mix in the vanilla essence, then whisk the mixture for a short while until its thickened.
pour into the greased baking tin & smooth over the top.
Place in the fridge & leave to chill for at least an hour or until firm, then gently cut into small squares.

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What you need:

5 oz / 150g butter or margarine
5oz / 150g castor sugar
13oz / 375g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 egg
a few drops of vanilla essence

What you do:

In a bowl, beat butter and sugar until creamy. Beat in egg and vanilla to taste.
Sift in flour, and baking powder, blend with spoon, then work by hand to form a dough. Knead lightly until smooth.
wrap dough in cling film and place in fridge for 40 mins.
Roll out dough on a floured surface about 0.3 thick, use can then use Christmas or any other cutters, to make biscuits.

You can then use the same cutters as i did to cut out shapes in the rolled out icing, and decorate.

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What you need :

An 8 inch/ 20cm ready-made pastry case
2 small ripe bananas
1 sliced mango
3 1/2 tbsp cornflour
6 tbsp demerara sugar
10 fl oz /300 ml soya milk
5 fl oz / 150 ml coconut milk
1 tsp vanilla essence
toasted coconut chips for decoration.

What to do :

Slice the bananas & arrange half of them in the pastry case along with half of the mango pieces.
In a pan, put the cornflour, & sugar & mix together. Slowly whisk in the soya milk & coconut milk until mixed together. Simmer over a low heat, stirring constantly for 2 -3 mins or until the mixture thickens.
Stir in the vanilla essence, then pour the mixture over the fruit.
Top with the rest of the fruit & toasted coconut chips.
Chill in the fridge for at least an hour before serving.

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