Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Busy in the kitchen.

Okay, I have been busy in the kitchen today.
Least was making four small pork pies, rather than one large pie.
I also made lime cheese, instead of lemon cheese, I made a basic change to the recipe, and it worked.
The last was a chocolate lime cake.
My reason for trying this out was...I have noticed that the two combined  are a preferred combination.
More tomorrow, but my "creation" seems to hit the mark.

Well, the chocolate lime cake has been well received.  As the recipe that I adapted to make it is an old family recipe, you'll understand why I am not sharing.
What I will say, is if you have an idea for something different, recipe wise, check out the functions of the ingredients and make sure your cake will be balanced, and all ingredients are working together.

Anyone want to suggest a possible "challenge" for this week?

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Goosnargh cakes

Well, this was suggested to me by Angela Lawson.
I had heard about Goosnargh cakes previously, and remember thinking that I would like to try to make them for myself.  A good start.
However, that's where the trail went cool.  I couldn't find an exact recipe for Goosnargh cakes, what I did find was a very sketchy recipe, almost as vague as some of the recipes in my Grandma Sharp's recipe book.  Some of these were just a list of ingredients and an oven temperature and time.  This recipe wasn't much clearer.
I have managed to make some though.  They are a variation on a basic shortbread recipe, with less sugar mixed in, but sprinkled liberally with sugar before baking.  They do have ground coriander and caraway seeds as well, the recipe doesn't give amounts though, so that was purely guesswork.
The resultant biscuits are very good, and I would probably use more of the caraway and coriander when I make them next.
I might have made them a shade too thin though, another thing to rectify next time I make them.
This is definitely one recipe I will use again.

Next suggestion, please. 😃