Month: August 2017

Roast Garlic, Tomato and Goat’s Cheese Tart

Roast Garlic, Tomato and Goat’s Cheese Tart

This Roast Garlic, Tomato and Goat’s Cheese Tart is amazing and the best way to show off your homegrown tomatoes. The sweet and smoky roast garlic is a perfect base for the sharp tomatoes and creamy goat’s cheese topping. When it comes to tomatoes I’m 

Realtime Vanilla and Plum Gin

Realtime Vanilla and Plum Gin

I have a ton of Victoria Plums in the garden and few bottles of gin in the cupboard so instead of the same old plum jam or crumble I thought we will mix things up with this Vanilla and Plum Gin recipe. Join me on 

Raspberry Cupcakes with White Chocolate Frosting

Raspberry Cupcakes with White Chocolate Frosting

Raspberry Cupcakes with White Chocolate Frosting are as delicious as they are pretty. Tart raspberries and white chocolate are a tantalising combination, perfect for parties or afternoon tea. These elegant Cupcakes will not disappoint.

Raspberry Cupcakes with White Chocolate Frosting

Edible flowers can brighten up salads, add a touch of class to cocktails and enhance cakes. Crystallised flowers are perfect for decorating cakes. The process is a little time-consuming but strangely satisfying. It’s well worth it and they will keep for up to a year so take some time out of your weekend to make a good batch.

Raspberry Cupcakes with White Chocolate Frosting

I use pansies because they’re easy to grown, come in a variety of colours and are really pretty. It took me and my helper (thank you Jo) just under an hour to prepare 30 pansies.

Raspberry Cupcakes with White Chocolate Frosting

Crystallising Edible Flowers

100g Caster Sugar
1 Egg white, lightly whisked
Edible flowers

Pre-heat the oven to 100C (¼ gas). Put the three ingredients into separate bowls and have a small plate to work on. Use a small brush to paint the flowers with the egg white then sprinkle with sugar, make sure the flowers are completely covered. Place them on a baking tray that has been lined with baking paper. Once you have completed all the flowers pop them in the oven keeping the door slightly open for two hours or until dry.

Raspberry Cupcakes with White Chocolate Frosting

Raspberry Cupcakes

3 Large eggs
Approximately 200g of:-
Caster sugar
Unsalted butter, room temperature cut into cubes
Self-raising flour, sift
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1 tsp Baking powder
150g Fresh Raspberries, Chopped in halved

 

White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

125g soft cream cheese, I use mascarpone
30g Unsalted butter, room temperature
100g White chocolate, melted using a bain-marie
200g Icing sugar, sift

 

Raspberry Cupcake

Step one: Preheat the oven to 180 C/ 170 C fan/ gas mark 4. Line a muffin tin with 12 muffin cases. Weigh the three eggs (including the shells), this will be the weight you need in caster sugar, unsalted butter and self-raising flour.

Step two: Beat the butter with the sugar until pale and fluffy. Whisk in one egg at a time until the mixture is smooth.

Step three: Add the baking powder to the flour. Fold in half of the flour at a time using a tablespoon until fully combined.

Step four: Spoon one dessert spoon of the mixture into 12 muffin cases then add three raspberry halves and top up with the remaining batter, ensure the cases are no more than 3/4 full otherwise they will spill over. Pop them into the oven for 20-25 minutes. The best way to check your buns are cooked is to stick a thin skewer into the centre of a bun, it should come out clean. If there is some batter on the stick then they need a little longer. Allow to cool for 45-60 minutes, do not attempt to decorate whilst the buns are warm as it will melt the frosting.

 

White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

Step one: Whilst the cupcakes are cooling it’s time to start the frosting. Mix the cream cheese and butter together until well combined. Beat in the melted white chocolate then gently whisk in the icing sugar.

Step two: Use a palette knife to smother cupcakes with the frosting before decorating with the crystallised flowers. If the frosting is too soft put it in fridge to firm it up, it should be light and silky, not too stiff. The flowers are very brittle so handle with care. Now it’s time to impress your friends and family.

Cake Tips

I use this basic recipe (minus the raspberries) for most of my cakes, it’s quick, reliable, and versatile. You have to follow the tips below to ensure your cake is light and fluffy!
The butter and eggs must be at room temperature.
Only beat in one egg at a time.
Don’t over work or beat in the flour, fold in until combined then stop.
Keep in an airtight container. Best consumed within 3 days, if they last that long!

Have you tried my Lemon and Blueberry Cupcakes?

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Cocktails at The Delectable Garden

Cocktails at The Delectable Garden

Three classic cocktails with The Delectable Garden twist. I adore cocktails, they are fun to make and drink. Whether I’m at home entertaining family and friends or on a night out cocktails are always on the menu! I’m lucky enough to like most spirits so 

Vietnamese Beef Stir-fry

Vietnamese Beef Stir-fry

This fragrant and intensely flavoured Vietnamese Beef Stir-fry is a crowd pleaser that’s simple to make any day of the week. It’s easy to whip up on a weekday and special enough to replace the weekend takeaway. They say food is the way to a 

Mint Hot Chocolate

Mint Hot Chocolate

Velvety, rich and indulgent, this Mint Hot Chocolate delivers a serious chocolate hit when you need it.

This week I wanted to share a cocktail recipe, blackberries are in season and they are amazing in cocktails. However with the 24 hours of rain we have just had I feel more like putting my loungewear on and lighting the fire rather than going out drinking cocktails. So instead of waiting for winter to post this I thought I’d treat you now!

If you have not bought a Chocolate Mint plant after my Mint Chocolate and Roast Hazelnut Brownie post then you need to for this Chocolate Mint Hot Chocolate.

Mint Hot Chocolate

Ingredients

500ml Semi skimmed milk
100g Good quality 75% dark chocolate, roughly chopped
3 tsp Coconut sugar
2 tbsp Double cream
2 Sprigs fresh chocolate mint (herb)

Method

Place the Sprigs of mint between your palms and gently rub back and froward a few times to bruise the leaves. Add the mint, sugar and milk to a pan and heat on low-medium setting for approximately 4 minutes, stir frequently. Just before the milk reaches boiling point remove from the heat, scoop out the sprigs of mint, then whisk in the chocolate and cream. Enjoy in your favourite mug.

This will make two cups.

Tips

The milk is nearly at boiling point when it starts to turn frothy. The mint will also wilt and the leaves turn dark green.

Use a plastic whisk if you are using a nonstick pan.

You can leave out the cream if it’s too rich for your taste.

If you don’t have coconut sugar you can swap this for brown sugar, however coconut sugar is delicious. Aldi have started selling it at a reasonable price.

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Roasted Pepper and Feta Pasta Salad

Roasted Pepper and Feta Pasta Salad

My Roasted Pepper and Feta Pasta Salad uses the best of summers produce to deliver a fresh and smoky lunch that is both healthy and delicious. Italian food is my favourite. I love how they cook with fresh ingredients and passion, you can really taste 

Lemon and Blueberry Cupcakes

Lemon and Blueberry Cupcakes

There is nothing more delicious than baking with fresh homegrown produce that are in season. These Lemon and Blueberry Cupcakes are light, fluffy and sweet, with a little tang from the lemon and fresh blueberries. I will get round to doing a post about my