Posts Tagged ‘Baking’

While we were in Scotland Robert & Laura recommended this recipe and kindly provided us with a copy. So this morning James took Izzy off to the park for a scoot with her pals Harry & Jack and I enjoyed the peace of an empty house on a Sunday morning – well that was until a neighbour’s house alarm went off (and continued to do so on and off all day longl!). Anyway what to do in the peace? Bake! Time to try out Robert & Laura’s recipe! It has come out of a newspaper and according to the article was contributed by the makers of Billington’s refined sugar (aha! a sales ploy!). Well, whoever devised this recipe deserves a pat on the back – bravo!!

Courgette Loaf Cake


3 large eggs

400g light muscovado sugar (Billington’s of course!!)

200ml vegetable oil

500g courgettes, unpeeled and grated

700g self-raising flour

1 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

3 tsp ground cinamon

75g pecan nuts, chopped

This recipe makes 2 loaves.

Preheat the oven to 180C and grease two 1kg loaf tins. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs until pale in colour and light in texture. Add the oil, courgette and beat until all the ingredients are well mixed. Sift the dry ingredients, add pecan nuts and fold into the egg mixture. Spoon the mixture into the loaf tins and bake for about 1 hour, or until firm to the touch and a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean. Turn out on to a wire rack and leave to cool. Serve with butter or a cream cheese icing.


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Simply Bill

After our PYO experience I have had alot of fruit to use up – it is very easy to get carried away with the picking! Turning to Bill Granger I found 2 recipes to try which would make a good dent in the cherries and plums. I have not tried either and was pretty pleased at how they turned out. Really simple too which is second only to taste in priority!

To use up the cherries I decided to try Cherry Clafoutis. I have never made one before and it is scrummy!

Cherry Clafoutis (courtesy of Simply Bill, Bill Granger)


Butter, for greasing

250g cherries, pitted

4 tablespoons plain flour, sifted

125ml milk

185ml cream

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

4 eggs

To serve – cream or creme fraiche

Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease a 1.5 litre flan dish with butter and dust with a little caster sugar, then arrange the cherries in the dish. Mix the flour and sugar in a bowl, add the milk, cream and vanilla and whisk together. Add the eggs and whisk until smooth. Pour over the cherries and bake for 30-35 minuted or until puffed and golden. Serve warm with cream or creme fraiche.


It’s been a chaotic 2 weeks in our household and to be honest our dinners have been lazy and not worth a blog but hopefully will pick up again now!! I will post the plum cake in the next couple of days as all this chaos has exhausted me! I bought The Reader on DVD yesterday so I am going to slope off to bed, curl up and watch it.

Ciao for now!

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