Another seasonal cake using up a vegetable that’s lurking at the bottom of the fridge and put together with some seasonal blood oranges. Carrot and blood orange, deliciously moist with a fruity citrus flavour. The icing drizzled on top is made with the blood orange juice, so it gives it a natural but subtle pink colour. While they are in season, the blood oranges are a good fruit to use to go with carrot, but this would go just as well with any orange or even limes for a sharper citrus flavour. Recipe to follow!
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The clementine & cranberry cakes I made for the Christmas markets were a big hit, so I wanted to do something similar with oranges. For the clementine cakes, I boiled the clementines for about an hour then blitzed them in a food processor with some sugar. This week we had some oranges in our fruit & veg box, so I boiled up a couple of them and then blitzed them in a food processor with a little bit of sugar – it really does give a lovely concentrated orange flavour with the orange bitterness too. Obviously the more sugar you add, the sweeter they will become. What goes with oranges? Any number of ingredients you can add to the oranges or just on their own in a cake! I was thinking along the lines of a jaffa cake type flavour so it had to be some good quality dark chocolate. I made a basic sponge mix and added some chocolate pieces. I made them into individual cakes, so I spooned in the mixture leaving enough room to pipe some dots of the orange pulp into the mix too. Baked in the usual way and the aroma that was filling the kitchen was delicious! To finish off I drizzled some melted dark chocolate over the cooled cakes.
Chocolate & orange is a really good match and put them into a cake can only be a really good tasty excuse for a treat. I think we will be seeing these at the Local Producers Market at Stanwick Lakes on Sunday 25th January to see how well they go down!
Well another year is nearly over and it’s been a year of change for me and moving forward with DonnaLulu Cooks over the last 3 months. Next year the plan is to build up the DonnaLulu Cooks business with more Farmers Markets, Food Festivals & events along with the on line orders and any other orders for cakes & bakes that come our way!
Happy Christmas to all and lets hope for a happy, healthy and successful 2015!
We have a fruit & veg box delivered to us every week from Riverford and the challenge is to test out some new recipes with the produce. In today’s delivery I have used some of the clementines to make these clementine & fresh cranberry cakes. I boiled the celemtines for 1 hour and then pulped them down to a smooth paste in the processor – skin as well (although I did check for pips). The fresh cranberrys are simmered in some sugar and water with a cinnamon stick, for about 10 mins and left to cool. The cake mix is less flour with ground almonds in it’s place. The cakes are lovely and light and you get the tartness of the clememtines with the sweetnes of the cranberries in a moist cake with the ground almonds adding a bit of texture.
I have baked some chocolate biscotti biscuits with cranberries and hazelnuts. They are twice baked to ensure they dry out to give then the crunchy crispiness. They will make a great gift for anyone in a presentation bag. These and plenty of other delicious goodies will be on sale at the Thrapston Farmers Market and also at the Woodford Christmas Fayre on Saturday 6th December. Thrapston Market from 9am to 1pm and then Woodford 2pm until 5pm.
The flapjacks at the markets we have been selling at always tend to sell well – sweet and savoury ones. I want to make some with different flavours and tried these out today. Salted caramel and chocolate & coconut. I did cheat on the caramel part and had a tin of caramel in the cupboard, and it worked really well. It’s just geting the balance of the salt to the sweet right. I do like chocolate and coconut too – like the dark chocolate Bounty bars. Even if I do say so myself, these flapjacks are delicious and it’s a couple of combinations that go together well. A lovely treat with the morning or afternoon cuppa when that sugar craving takes hold! The will go nicely in the presentation packs that I am doing for Christmas, drizzed with a bit more dark chocolate – it is Christmas after all!
How about this delicious moist cake for something a bit different with your cuppa or when entertaining int he run up to Christmas?
I’ve made the cake using melted organic dark chocolate, fresh lime zest & juice with a couple of fresh chillies through the mix to give it a bit of heat, but not too much. The freshness of the lime goes really well with the richness of the dark chocolate. I haven’t tried it yet, but I am going to take the chillies out and add some coconut instead, which will add to the texture, flavour and give even more moisture.
I will be selling these at the Mawsley Food Festival on Saturday 22nd November and may also add them to the menu at the other events in the run up to Christmas.
You can order these and other delicious cakes and bakes using my contact details from the contacts page. I’ll be happy to help!
My latest sugar paste model on a cake. Emma was 30 and this is the carrot cake I made and decorated. It was a small cake, but the letters just about fitted on.
Having a party this Christmas but don’t have time to bake mince pies or cakes for your guests? Then get in touch – we can provide some delicious freshly made mince pies, mincemeat frangipane pies and also something a little bit different too like a variety of individual cakes like chocolate & beetroot, trio of veg – sweet potato, carrot, parsnip and pecan cakes and one of our best sellers cider toffee apple cakes. How about some flapjack bites drizzled with melted chocolate – ideal for a gift in a presentation bag with gift label.
As well as some savoury treats too – cheese, onion & toasted pumpkin seed flapjack or some delicious cheese, roasted red pepper and smoky goats cheese flapjacks.
We are now taking orders for our cakes and bakes! Below is an example of what you can order. There will be more lovely bakes available too!
Flapjack Slice – Organic Peanut butter & jam 90p/£5 for 6
Flapjack Slice – Organic Crystallised Ginger 90p/£5 for 6
Flapjack Slice – Organic Cranberry, orange and cinnamon 90p/£5 for 6
Flapjack Slice – Chocolate & Chilli 90p/£5 for 6
Individual Cakes – Pumpkin, orange & poppy seed £1.00/£5 for 6
Individual Cakes – Chocolate & beetroot £1.00/£5 for 6
Individual Cakes – Cider toffee apple £1.00/£5 for 6
Individual Cakes – Carrot, sweet potato, parsnip & pecan £1.00/£5 for 6
1lb loaf cake – Pumpkin, orange & poppy seed £3.50
1lb loaf Cake – Chocolate & beetroot £3.50
1lb loaf Cake – Cider toffee apple £3.50
1lb loaf Cake – Carrot, sweet potato, parsnip & pecan £3.50
Mince Pies – Homemade pastry & mincemeat 90p/£5 for 6
Flapjack slice – Homemade Mincemeat £1.00/£5 for 6
Individual Frangipane tart – Homemade mincemeat £1.00/£5 for 6
6.5” Frangipane Tart – Homemade mincemeat £3.00
8” Frangipane Tart – Homemade mincemeat £3.50
We prefer to use organic, fair trade, locally sourced, seasonal, home grown or foraged produce in all our recipes where & when we can. We offer free delivery on purchases of £10 or more within 20 miles of Thrapston. If further away, we will try and deliver personally, but if not possible we will use Royal Mail. Postage is for UK mainland only.
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