Tried Nigella’s Nutella cake. And yes it lived up to expectations. Super easy and delicious. I couldn’t find any ground hazelnuts. So i made them as well. Baked the hazelnuts in the oven @180c for about 7-10 mins. I let them cool down slightly. Then to get the skins off rubbed them in a tea towel. Then blitzed in the food processor.
for the cake
6 large eggs (separated)
1 pinch of salt
125 grams soft unsalted butter
400 grams nutella (1 large jar)
1 tablespoon frangelico (or rum or water)
100 grams ground hazelnuts
100 grams dark chocolate (melted)
for the icing
100 grams hazelnuts (peeled weight)
125 ml double cream
1 tablespoon frangelico (or rum or water)
125 grams dark chocolate
- Preheat the oven to 180ºC. In a large bowl, whisk the egg whites and salt until stiff but not dry. In a separate bowl, beat the butter and Nutella together, and then add the Frangelico (or whatever you’re using), egg yolks and ground hazelnuts.
- Fold in the cooled, melted chocolate, then lighten the mixture with a large dollop of egg white, which you can beat in as roughly as you want, before gently folding the rest of them in a third at a time.
- Pour into a 23cm round greased and lined springform tin and cook for 40 minutes or until the cake’s beginning to come away at the sides, then let cool on a rack.
- Toast the hazelnuts in a dry frying pan until the aroma wafts upwards and the nuts are golden-brown in parts: keep shaking the pan so that they don’t burn on one side and stay too pallid on others. Transfer to a plate and let cool. This is imperative: if they go on the ganache while hot, it’ll turn oily. (Believe me, I speak from experience.) If your hazelnuts have skins on then after toasting in the frying pan transfer them to a slightly dampened tea towel and rub them while they are still warm to remove the skins.
- In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, add the cream, liqueur or water and chopped chocolate, and heat gently. Once the chocolate’s melted, take the pan off the heat and whisk until it reaches the right consistency to ice the top of the cake. Unmould the cooled cake carefully, leaving it on the base as it will be too difficult to get such a damp cake off in one piece.
- Ice the top with the chocolate icing, and dot thickly with the whole, toasted hazelnuts. If you have used Frangelico, put shot glasses on the table and serve it with the cake.
10/10. Thanks Nigella.
Have tried two different lemon cupcakes recipes. However, still searching for the ultimate soft and zesty cupcake.
It was definitely moist and flavour profile was good. However, found that the first batch collapsed . Added some baking soda – second batch was better – but both were peeling away from the cupcakes. Not sure what went wrong – maybe it also had to do with the crazy hot humid day -not conducive to baking
Putting the cream cheese – made the cupcakes very heavy and dense. They were ok – the lemon curd was good.
- 2 eggs, plus 2 egg yolks
- 3/4 cup (165g) caster sugar
- 1/3 cup (80g) chilled unsalted butter
- Zest and juice of 2 lemons
Whisk whole eggs, yolks and sugar in a saucepan until smooth, then place pan over a low heat. Add the butter, juice and zest and whisk continuously until thickened. Strain through a sieve into a sterilised jar. Lemon curd keeps, covered, in the fridge for 2 weeks.
13/02/14: stirred for about 10mins
Makes 1.5 cups
Have had 3 attempts at making this. finally found a version that worked:
- 4 tablespoons golden syrup
- 1 cup (200g) caster sugar
- 3 teaspoons bicarb soda
Preparation:5min › Cook:10min › Ready in:15min
- Grease a 20 cm square cake tin or slice tray.
- In a large saucepan, heat the golden syrup and sugar together, bring to a boil then simmer on low heat for 10-15 minutes. I used a sugar thermometer and when it reached 150c stopped.
- Remove pot from heat and add the bicarb soda. Quickly mix it in because the mixture will foam up instantly. Pour immediately into the cake tin. Leave to set then break into bite size chunks.
I crushed some and sprinkled between layers of a chocolate cake and mixed it with the frosting. YUMMO
Baked Raspberry cheesecake
Did a variation from: http://americanfood.about.com/od/desserts/r/Raspberry-Swirl-Cheesecake.htm
- 1 1/2 cups Graham cracker crumbs
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 680g cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1 cup caster sugar
- 1 cup sour cream
- 3 large eggs, at room temperature
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup raspberry jam
- 4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- Fresh raspberries
1. Preheat oven to 175C Grease a 9-inch springform pan and line the bottom with waxed paper.2. Put the graham cracker crumbs in a medium bowl. Add the butter and toss with a fork until evenly moistened. Press the mixture over the bottom and up 1-inch of the sides of the prepared pan. Refrigerate until ready to use.
3. In a large bowl and using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and sugar until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl when necessary. Beat in the sour cream until blended. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla.
4. Pour half of the batter into the prepared pan.
5. Put the jam and lemon juice in a small saucepan and heat over low heat, stirring often, until melted and smooth. If jam has pips – strain it
Drizzle 1/4 of the jam mixture in stripes over the batter. Spoon the remaining batter over the jam, then drizzle with the remaining jam.6. Swirl gently with a thin knife to marbleize the batter slightly.
7. Bake the cheesecake until firm around the edges but still slightly wobbly in the center, for 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes. Set the cake in the pan on a wire rack to cool completely. Wrap the cake in plastic and chill for at least 4 hours.
8. Remove the cake from the refrigerator 30 minutes before serving. Remove the pan sides and place the cake on a serving platter. Garnish with fresh raspberries.
First attempt and it tasted great. However, I poured too much jam – should be lighter with it. Think this may have caused it to crack.
Next time will try a water bath, like i did in the basic Cheesecake recipe
- 1 cup (225 grams) granulated sugar
- 1 vanilla bean
- 1 3/4 cups (175 grams) cake flour, not self-rising
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup (57 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 1/3 cup (75 grams) full-fat sour cream
- 1/4 cup canola oil or vegetable oil (60 ml)
- 1 tablespoon pure (not imitation) vanilla extract
- 2/3 cup (160 ml) whole milk
- Preheat oven to 350 F (175 C).
- In a small bowl, combine sugar and seeds from the vanilla bean. (For those of you who are new to using vanilla beans, check out this video to learn how to get the seeds out of the bean.)
- Using the back of a spoon, move around the bowl and apply pressure to break up any clumps of seeds and to better infuse the vanilla flavor into the sugar. Set aside.
- In a medium-sized mixing bowl or bowl of a stand mixer, mix together cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- Add the vanilla bean sugar and mix until well combined.
- Add butter and mix on medium-low speed for three minutes. Because there is so little butter, you’ll end up with a very fine crumb texture.
- In a small mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, sour cream, oil, and vanilla extract until smooth.
- Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and beat on medium speed until just combined.
- Slowly add milk and mix on low speed until just combined. The batter will be liquid. (Don’t worry, you didn’t do anything wrong. It’s supposed to be that way.)
- Fill cupcake liners just over 1/2 full.
- Bake for 14 minutes and then test to see if they are done. They are done when a toothpick comes out without wet batter stuck to it. The cupcakes should appear white with specks of vanilla bean. They should not turn a golden brown. If they are not done, test again in two minutes. If they are still not done, test again in another two minutes.
- When the cupcakes are done, remove them immediately from the tins and leave them on a cooling rack (or just on your counter if you don’t own a cooling rack) to cool.
Thank you: http://www.cupcakeproject.com/2011/09/ultimate-vanilla-cupcake-test-baked-by.html#el66VFZbmyuVQvkE.99
20 December 2013: Baking time was 20mins. Also, after baking i take a bit of the centre out and filled it with dulce de leche.