June 16, 2018
I knew you were coming, so I baked you a cake.
Dress the table with pretty linens in summer petrol blues and warms golds. Fill the vase with colourful flowers and get out the best china you are serving a very special cake to very special guests. Our Rosemary and Balsamic Vinegar Cake is sweet with herby notes of rosemary, the bitterness of balsamic vinegar and the comfort of rich creamy frosting. Well worth the effort for the ones you love.
For the Cake:
½ cup fine yellow cornmeal½ cup plain flour1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary leaves1 teaspoon baking powder¼ teaspoon salt½ cup unsalted butter½ teaspoon vanilla extract1 ¼ cups icing sugar, plus more for dusting4 large egg yolks2 large eggs½ cup plain yoghurt
For the Balsamic Syrup:
½ cup sugar½ cup balsamic vinegar½ small sprig fresh rosemary
For the icing:
½ cup butter½ cup cream cheese1 tsp vanilla½ cup icing sugar
Preheat the oven to 160 degrees C.
For the cake:
Butter and flour an 20cm round cake pan. You can double the recipe for a 2 layer cake as shown in the photo.
In a medium bowl, mix the cornmeal, plain flour, minced rosemary, baking powder, and salt.
Using a stand mixer or food processor beat the butter until light and fluffy then slowly add the icing sugar. Once the sugar is incorporated increase the speed to high and beat, about 3 minutes. Add the egg yolks and eggs, 1 at a time. Reduce the speed to medium and add the yoghurt and the vanilla. On low speed add the dry ingredients just until completely blended.
Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and smooth the surface with a spatula. Bake in the lower third of the oven until the cake is golden and pulls away from the sides of the pan, about 35 minutes. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool. Transfer the cake from the pan to a serving plate and ice
Place the sugar, balsamic vinegar, and rosemary in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer until the sugar is dissolved, about 5 minutes. Discard the rosemary sprig and let the syrup cool.
For the Icing:
Beat your butter until soft and fluffy. Add your cream cheese and beat until incorporated. Add vanilla and icing sugar. Spread over the entire cake. If you have doubled this recipe then spread the icing between your layers as well.
To serve, place a slice of cake on a serving plate; spoon some syrup around the plate.
Enjoy with a good cup of tea and great company indoors or out this summer.
Our cake is photographed with étoile home’s Palermo Stripe tablecloths, tea towels and napkins in Gold, Autumn Stripe tablecloth and napkins in Petrol Blue, Hopi, and Huts napkins and Pueblo tea towel all in Petrol Blue all available at Main & Mersey Home Store
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December 14, 2018
Snickerdoodles and Eggnog Recipe
I thought it was time we shared our secret ingredient for surviving the holidays our home made egg nog and spicy Snickerdoodle cookies. So pour yourself an eggnog, grab a snickerdoodle and put your feet up for a much needed rest. If there’s ever a time we deserve a little self pampering, now is it. So perhaps add a dash of spiced rum and enjoy.
December 11, 2018
Golden Nugget Ice Cream with Almond Shortbread Biscuits Recipe
Fun whether you are six or sixty plus, creamy homemade ice cream with crunchy golden honeycomb nuggets and nutty almond shortbread biscuits makes a great Christmas Day dessert but you’ll have to make it ahead of time.