10 April 2012

sponge cake

I've been wanting to bake a sponge cake for a while. Something about the jam and cream stuffed between two fluffy sponge cakes. I made this "Queen Victoria Sponge" recently for our friend Simon's birthday. Thank fully the cake had a good reception and was thoroughly enjoyed. Josh was disappointed that we were giving the thing away.

This cake was refreshingly delicious with the hint of citrus. Simon said that the citrus matched the flavour of the raspberries and cream perfectly. Perfect center piece for your high tea or that Sunday afternoon coffee with friends!!

Sponge Cake

recipe from Jamie's Great Britain


250g butter
250g SR flour
250g caster sugar
4 eggs
zest of 1 orange
4 tbsp raspberry jam
150g fresh raspberries
icing sugar for dusting

Vanilla cream
150ml cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp caster sugar

Preheat oven to 190c. Grease and line two cake tins that are the same size.
Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time beating well after each addition. Fold in the orange zest and the flour. Divide the batter between the prepared tins, spread into the pans and bake for 20-30mins or until cooked through. Turn out of pans and cool completely on a wire rack. 

Whip together all of the vanilla cream ingredients until you get soft peaks. Spread the jam on one of the cakes, followed by the cream and finally scatter the raspberries over the cream. Place the other cake on the top and sprinkle with icing sugar before serving. 

4 April 2012

walnut and banana loaf

I've been trying to hunt down a delicious banana bread recipe for a while now but none have met the mark. I was hoping for one with a similar consistency to one you would get from your local Woolworths or Zaraffas coffee but they all end up to cake like or the healthy ones to dry. I was recently searching through my cookbooks and I found this delicious banana loaf recipe in one of my Jamie Oliver books; the same cook book that I found that delicious lamb shank recipe as well as the gorgeous sponge cake that I'm yet to share with you.

I added around a cup of dark chocolate chips as Josh enjoys anything with chocolate, although the loaf is fine without them. He described this cake as "a delicious banana bread that is almost suited for dessert due to the chocolate chips." I froze the leftovers of this cake and he enjoyed taking them as a treat for his long days at uni.

Walnut and Banana Loaf

recipe from Jamie's Great Britain 


100g walnuts
500g bananas - 5 or 6 of them
125g butter at room temp
125g brown sugar
2 eggs
200g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp bicarb soda
1 tsp cinnamon
a pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 170c. Toast the walnuts in the oven for about 5 mins before roughly chopping them and setting aside. Mash up the bananas to a smooth and chunky consistency and put them aside. 

Cream the butter and the sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time ensuring they are well combined after each addition. Add the bananas and walnuts, then sift in the rest of the dry ingredients and mix until you have a nice smooth batter. 
Line a loaf tin with baking paper before spreading the batter into the tin. 
Bake for approx 1 hour or until browned and cooked through.