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Sunday, 24 May 2015

Black Olive Focaccia

If you have a bread maker, making focaccia bread is the simplest bake ever.

300g bread flour
1tbsp olive oil 
170ml water
1tsp salt
1/2 tsp yeast

Put your bread maker on a pizza setting. When the dough is ready place into a brownie tin and spread it out. Dimple the dough all over with your fingers. Prove for 30 mins in a 40• oven. 

Once nearly doubled in size, season with salt, pepper, chopped olives and olive oil.

Bake in a 190• oven for 25 mins!

Slice and enjoy when warm.

Saturday, 16 May 2015

No One Mourns the Wicked (except in cake form)...

Wicked Cake

It was recently my friend (and work wife) Sophie's birthday. We have many things in common, one of these being a love of musicals, and an even bigger love of WICKED! So naturally, when I was considering what type of cake to bake her, I decided a Wicked showstopper type cake would be perfect.

Now, I really had no clue how it was going to turn out as I didn't really draw up any plans, I just winged it. I baked a chocolate cake in two parts, cementing them together with Nutella on Wednesday evening after school. It was definitely going to be a two day process as I was being pretty ambitious with what I wanted to produce.

On Thursday evening I embarked on the icing. I used various colours of fondant icing, moulding it all together to make the shapes of the two main characters, and some writing icing and edible glitter to decorate further. I spent 2.5 hours decorating the cake (which did't make me popular with my other half for leaving him that long!) :P

When I had finished the cake, I was actually astounded that it had turned out better than I could have ever imagined. I had gotten so lost in the process, almost in a creative trance, that when I saw it finished, I was amazed (not meaning to toot my own trumpet!)

I was so worried that it would be damaged on the journey to school. I kept checking on it, and being overly careful.

In the end, Sophie loved it! It was a shame to cut into it... But had to be done! Nom..

Monday, 4 May 2015

The Ultimate Iced Coffee

I saw something online the other day which really interested me, now that we are slowly creeping towards summer, I thought I would try it.

Now anyone who knows me, will know all too well that I am an absolute coffee fiend!! So imagine my delight when I found a way of making a delicious, cold and not at all watery iced coffee. 

All you need are these 3 things:
1. A way of making an Americano coffee or filter coffee (filter coffee machine, stove top coffee maker or cafetière!) 
2. An ice cube tray.
3. A freezer.

Make your coffee and wait for it to cool a little. Pour the coffee into the ice cube tray and place the tray into the freezer.

After leaving it for a few hours or overnight the coffee ice cubes will be frozen solid.

Place a few coffee cubes in a glass and pour milk over them until the glass is full.

Give the drink a stir with a straw and enjoy. The greatest thing about this iced coffee is that it will not become watery but more gain a more intense coffee taste.