Sunday, 27 November 2011

Chocolate Roulade

<strong>Chocolate Roulade
6 egg yolks
175g caster sugar
175g plain chocolate - melted
6 egg whites
2 tabsp. cocoa powder
small carton double cream
small carton creme fraiche
icing sugar for dusting

Preheat the oven to Gas 4/180C
Grease and line a swiss roll tin with greaseproof paper
Melt the chocolate over a pan of boiling water and then cool
Seperate the egg yolks and put the whites into a dry clean bowl
Add the sugar to the egg yolks and whisk until thick and creamy
Fold in the melted chocolate
Whisk the egg whites until thick and firm
Fold in half the egg whites and cocoa powder and then the rest of the egg whites
Make sure the mixture is well mixed - use a metal spoon to avoid air loss.
Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 20 mins
Leave to cool in the tin covered with a t.towel
Whisk the double cream and fold in the creme fraiche
Tip the roulade out onto greaseproof paper sprinkled with icing sugar
Spread over the cream filling and roll up.
A good roulade cracks as you roll
Sprinkle on extra icing sugar and admire your handy work.

Put the kettle on to make a nice cup of tea and take a slice just to test you have made it OK

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Christmas Fayre

Hello everyone. I seem to have been away for ages. Time has been against me over the past few weeks as I was preparing for our school Christmas Fayre. The pupils helped me of course, but the fews days leading up to the event were pretty hectic. I also have 50 Christmas Cakes to make and decorate before the 16th December when we break for the holidays.
The Christmas Fayre was excellent, with lots of interesting stalls and very busy. People were actually queuing outside to get in. The atmosphere was vibrant, music playing and people buying. I sold out - well just a couple of jars of mincemeat left, which I can use as gifts. 'Cake Pops' and 'Candy Cones' were very popular.
Hope you like the photographs - will post recipes later as I have so many jobs to get done to-day.
Happy weekend to you all.

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Cake Pops

Well I must be behind the times as I have only just heard of 'Cake Pops'.
Take a cake, make it into crumbs and add frosting to bind it together. Roll it into small balls and put onto a tray - leave in the fridge for a few hours until they are firm. Insert a lollipop stick and dip into chocolate - decorate and leave to set. I have our school Christmas Fayre next Saturday, so decided to make some - well try them out to see if they work. Brilliant - so easy. I even made 'Christmas Pudding' ones from a crumbled up Christmas cake,dipped in chocolate and decorated with a marzipan holly leaf. The reindeer ones are fun to make, but you must check out

See what designs you can make. Enjoy!