After the traditional Burn’s Night meal of Haggis, neeps and tatties, this Scottish trifle always goes down well!
There are many different trifle recipes but this is the easiest and one of my favourites. It uses freshly made custard and if possible, homemade raspberry jam. It doesn’t include jelly or chocolate as others do.
Ingredients – serves 6-8
8 egg yolks
110g caster sugar
35g plain flour
1 vanilla pod, split lengthways and seeds scraped.
about 9 sponge fingers (depending on the size of your bowl)
about 3tbsp raspberry jam
4tbsps liquid – orange juice or sherry
285ml thick cream
toasted almonds to decorate
optional – 1 or 2 bananas or some apricots
How to: For a simpler recipe use ready prepared custard and skip this first step! Otherwise first make the custard – whisk the egg yolks with the sugar until thick and pale. Stir in the flour. Boil the milk, remove from the heat and add the vanilla seeds. Leave for about 15 mins. Remove the seeds and add the milk to the egg mixture stirring as you pour. Return the egg/milk mixture to a clean pan and whisk over a gentle heat until boiling. Keep whisking to get rid of any lumps. Once smooth, keep whisking for a minute or 2 until the custard thickens. Remove from the heat, cover with cling film (to stop a skin forming) and leave to cool.
Cut the sponge fingers in half and spread one side of each half with jam – be generous! Place the sponges on the base and round the outside of your serving bowl. Pour over the liquid and tilt the bowl so all the sponges get thoroughly soaked. If using banana, slice as much banana as you like into small rounds, then place on top of the sponges. (Likewise if using apricots, place the apricot halves on the sponges). Pour the cooled custard on top. Then whip the cream (and sweeten if necessary) until thick. Spoon the cream onto the custard in a thick layer. Finally decorate with a sprinkling of almonds which have been toasted in a frying pan until golden brown. Chill until ready to eat.
Trifle is great the following day too when the sponge is deliciously soft and juicy!
This recipe has been in my book for years and makes mini pancakes or ”blinis” in minutes.
The best bit is that they don’t have to be served hot, so you can make the bases and toppings in advance and just put them together when ready to serve. They are easily reheated for a few minutes just before assembling if preferred.
Ingredients – makes about 40 blinis
150g (1 cup) plain flour
pinch of salt
How to : Put everything in a blender and whiz until well mixed – you may need to scrape the flour from the sides of the blender once or twice. There is no need to leave the batter to sit, just heat a shallow frying pan, add a tiny bit of butter and then spoon in small amounts of batter – about a tablespoon for each blini. Let cook for about 1 min until tiny bubbles appear and the blini dries out a bit, then turn the blini over for about 30 seconds until the underside is nicely golden and voilà ready to eat! If after making one or 2, you think the batter is too thick add a splash of water and mix into the batter before continuing.
If the blinis don’t turn out very round, I often use a cookie cutter to stamp out circles.
Blinis can be topped with crème fraîche and smoked salmon, herby cheese and pickles, pesto and half a cherry tomato with basil leaves, horseradish cream and a layer of thinly sliced roast beef, wafer thin ham and chutney…the list is endless.
Lovely bite sized nibbles!
This quick mousse is as delicious as the other and just as quick! In this mousse there are simply 2 ingredients – chocolate and eggs.
The quantities of chocolate and eggs can be varied depending on how many you’re making for –
For 5 little dishes use 150g chocolate (dark or milk) with 1 and 1/2 tbsps water and 3 eggs, for 10 little dishes use 300g chocolate with 3 tbsps water and 6 eggs.
How to: Break the chocolate into small pieces, melt it with the water in a clean bowl over a pan of simmering water -make sure the base of the bowl doesn’t touch the water. Leave to cool a little. Separate the eggs and whisk the egg whites in a clean bowl unitl they form stiff peaks. Add the yolks, 1 at a time to the cooled chocolate and beat together until well combined. Finally gently fold in the egg whites and divide among your serving dishes. Chill for about 3 hours before serving.
These little chocolate pots can also be frozen for up to 1 month!
This is a recipe slightly adapted from ”Décors et recettes de Noêl – traditions d’Alsace” which I recently got my hands on!
Also called Gateau au vin rouge or Roewin un Mûesbollekûeche, it’s a deliciously easy and moist chocolate cake perfect for freezing and defrosting later when needed.
It’s another of my favourite – “mix everything together and bake” recipes and is really simple and tasty.
The red wine doesn’t give a strong taste, it’s very subtle and the chocolate vermicelli means that the chocolate is evenly dispersed and doesn’t sink to the bottom!
200g soft butter
200g plain flour
1Tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 sachet of baking powder
100ml red wine
100g chocolate vermicelli
How to: Put everything into the processor and whiz until you have a smooth cake mixture.
Pour the mixture into a grease proof paper lined cake tin, I used a circular 20cm tin but it’s also often made in loaf tins. Bake at 180°c for 1 hour then test with a skewer to check if it is fully baked. When the skewer pulls out clean, remove the cake from the oven and leave to cool on a wire rack.
As with all chocolate cakes this one can be decorated with any kind of icing. It’s not a very sweet cake so the touch of icing on the top is a little extra. It’s also delicious served with cream or custard.
Wrap well and freeze when cool (un-iced) if there is too much or it’s been made in advance.
This really is an easy one!
Perfect for a hot day when you want more than bare strawberries.
Roll out about 250g of short crust pastry and prick all over with a fork. Either lay the pastry on a baking tray or put in a fluted flan tin. Bake at 200°c for 10 – 15 mins until golden. Warm 3Tbsp of redcurrent or strawberry jam then paste it over the hot pastry. Finally cut 500g of fresh strawberries into halves or slices and arrange over the pastry, drizzle with any remaining jam and hey presto dessert!
Delicious eaten on it’s own or with a spoonful of vanilla ice cream.
It’s best eaten straight away otherwise the juicy strawberries can make the pastry soft and soggy 🙂
This is a delicious easy chocolate tart, great for when you don’t want to turn the oven on!
Perfectly creamy with a good chocolate taste and a crunchy base.
This is a lovely soft moist mildly lemony cake made with very little effort!
Just mix everything together and bake!
The poppy seeds look nice but are barely tasted.
Filed under cakes, chocolate
This 10 minute recipe was called salmon pâté, but I think it’s more a paste or a dip!
It’s creamy and perfect for dipping raw carrots or slices of cucumber into!
This is a very easy and quick chocolate fudge recipe!
It makes delicious firm fudge in next to no time with very little effort required!
It’s not quite Spring weather yet so a hot baked apple was warming and perfect for lunch!
I was very happy to find a jar of mincemeat left over from Christmas and so my apple was ready in no time!
There really aren’t any ingredients, but this is nicer than a plain apple on cold days.
I cored 1 apple, then split the skin about a third of the way down and all the way round. I spooned the mincemeat into the hole where the core once was and also added a spoonful or 2 round the base so that I’d have extra if I wanted. I spooned over a tablespoon of water so that it wouldn’t be too dry and so I’d have some hot juice. Then I put it in the microwave and cooked on high for 3 minutes. This was perfect for a fluffy piping hot apple and the mincemeat was sweet and juicy.
When making more than 1 apple, I check after 3 minutes in the microwave and then increase minute-by-minute the cooking time (4 or 5 is good for 2 apples).
I enjoyed this plain but it’s also great with vanilla ice-cream, pouring cream or crème fraîche and topped with a sprinkling of crushed almonds.
If you don’t have any mincemeat, it can be replaced with a mixture of glacé cherries, raisins, a knob of butter and a sprinkling of brown sugar.
OOh these tiny soft mints are just perfect after a rich meal – these tiny minty pebbles just melt in your mouth!
I found this recipe on Sweet 16’s country kitchen and made just one quarter of their recipe. I have recently discovered Sweet 16’s country kitchen blog and I have the feeling I’ll be visiting over and over again. Take a look for yourself, there are plenty of do-able recipes with lovely photos. Thanks Cookin’ Cow girl (wanna’be)!
No baking, just mixing and resting!
Ingredients: makes about 40 mints, each about 1cm in diameter
20g soft butter
1/2 tbsp heavy cream or crème fraîche
1/4 tsp peppermint essence
tiny pinch of salt
110g icing sugar
How to : Beat the butter until pale then add the cream, peppermint and salt and beat again until everything is well mixed. Add the icing sugar bit by bit and continue beating until everything holds together – maybe several minutes in the processor. If the flavour isn’t strong enough add a bit more and beat until well incorporated. Using your hands, take tiny amounts of the paste and roll into balls, place on grease proof paper and leave 12 hours to dry. Store the mints in an air-tight container in the fridge and try not to eat too many at once!
This recipe is easily doubled or quadrupled.
They are very moreish and I think I’ll keep the larger quantities until I have guests for dinner!
Woo hoo, ~lovely buns~ has recently been nominated for the Super Sweet Blogging Award! Thanks to Flora’s Table and Mama Miyuki Easy Pantsy!
My first nomination came from Francesca at Flora’s Table, Flora’s table is a gorgeous blog promoting all things Italian – “authentic Italian cuisine dishes” and wine hints along with “traditional American dishes”, it really is a super sweet blog!
My second nomination came from Mama Miyuki Easy Pantsy, this is a blog specialising in Indonesian food, mouth-watering recipes are added almost daily and include breads, desserts, jams as well as main course recipes – another blog worth checking out!
The rules of the award are: 1 Visit and thank the blogger(s) who nominated you. 2 Acknowledge that blogger on your blog and link back. 3 Answer the “Super Sweet” questions. 4 Nominate a “Baker’s Dozen” (13) blogs for the award, add a link to their blogs in your post, and notify them on their blogs. 5 Copy and paste the award on your blog somewhere.
So, the Super Sweet Questions (and answers) are:
1. Cookies or Cake? Cake
2. Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate
3. What is your favorite sweet treat? choc mint ice cream
4. When do you crave sweet things the most? In the evening
5. If you had a sweet nickname, what would it be? My family used to call me Candy pie 🙂
My nominees are (in no particular order):
victoria sponge pease pudding
butter, sugar, flowers
fleur de sel
Fika and more
all about the bake
cardio for cakes
sweet 16’s country kitchen
petite gourmande anglaise
Read and enjoy xx
The original recipe in English can be found here “apple and sultana cake”
La recette originale de ce gâteau simple et rapide se trouve ici sous le nom de “apple and sultana cake”
Il est un de mes favoris et je tente d’écrire la recette en français afin que Lucienne pouvez profiter de faire elle-même!
Filed under cakes, fruity
mini sausage rolls – just a little something hot and tasty!
These are lovely hot bite sized bits – perfect to accompany the 6 nations and cheer on Scotland!
This is a deliciously light chocolate and pear dessert.
There is no flour in it – only ground hazelnuts!
A quick and filling Pressure cooker soup – Ready in 15 mins!
Ingredients : serves 4
300g leeks, chopped
1 l vegetable or chicken stock
2 small unpeeled potatoes, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
3 rashers bacon
2 tbsp cream
How to: Melt a knob of butter in the pressure cooker, add the onion, leeks and potatoes and stir for a minute or 2. Add the stock and bring up to pressure. Cook for 8 mins on High then release the steam. Remove the lid and using a stick blender whiz the soup until smooth. Season as and if required with salt and pepper and add the cream stirring until everything is well blended. Serve with a few pieces of crispy bacon, croutons and crusty bread.
The soup can be kept in the fridge for a couple of days. It can also be frozen, but in that case, it’s best not to add the cream until after defrosting.
This moist fruity loaf is lovely served on its own or spread with butter.
Packed with bran and fruit – but no butter or oil – it’s great at breakfast or coffee time!