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December 14, 2014
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CHRISTMAS CHOCOLATE FUDGE CAKE

 

Hello to all Zebra tenants and families.

This is a great recipe for a wonderful chocolate cake that is perfect for any celebration.

 

The chocolate cake is very moist, rises very well and will keep in Tupperware for at least a week. Even friends who find baking difficult have loved this recipe

 

For my Church Xmas fair I just made 4 times the quantity in two larger trays.

The decoration of the church on the cake is an edible icing transfer from a photograph.

Many companies online can do this, or simply just use Christmas themed decorations.

 

I hope you all enjoy what is my favourite chocolate cake recipe

 

Guten Appetit

Heidi

 

CHOCOLATE FUDGE CAKE

 

Ingredients

 

  • 175g self raising flour
  • 2 table spoon cocoa powder
  • 1 tea spoon bicarbonate soda
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 150ml sunflower oil
  • 150ml semi skimmed milk
  • 2 tablespoons golden syrup

 

For filling and coating

  • 150g unsalted butter
  • 350g icing sugar
  • 6 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • Drop of milk

 

1.Pre-heat oven to 180oc . Grease & line two 18cm sandwich tins

 

2.sieve the flour, cocoa and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl. Add the sugar mix well.

 

3.Make a well in the centre and add the syrup, oil and milk.

Beat well with electric whisk until smooth.

 

4.   Spoon the mixture into the two tins and bake for 25-30 minutes until risen and

firm to the touch. Remove from the oven, leave to cool before turning onto a wire rack.

 

5.   To make the butter icing, place the butter in bowl and beat until soft (leave the   

       butter out for few hours first to soften it up). Gradually sift and beat in the

       icing sugar and cocoa powder then add enough milk to make the icing fluffy 

       and spreadable.

6.   Sandwich the two cakes together. Then cover the top of the cake with icing &

       decorate with sprinkles or any other decoration.

 

December 2, 2014

Christmas Stuff

CHRISTMAS MARKETS: December’s here, which means Christmas markets are opening thick and fast. To find the closest one to you, check our Christmas markets and fairs listing.

 

CANDLELIGHT MUSEUM: On the first Tuesday of every month, Sir John Soane’s Museum near Holborn stays open late to let visitors explore the building by candlelight. The event is always extremely popular, with long queues, so we recommend getting there early to get your free ticket. Free, just turn up, from 5.30pm 

 

OPEN STUDIOS: Eel Pie Island Artist Studios in Twickenham have a rare open day, giving the public a chance to access the private island, see artists at work and buy or commission work. Free, 10.30am-5.30pm, 6-7 December

November 10, 2014
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Dish of the Week – Chocolate Melting moments

Hello to all Zebra tenants and families.

These melt in the mouth chocolate biscuits are really a chocolate lovers dream.

The biscuits have a very short texture almost like a shortbread, but the whipped chocolate filing is a delicious combination.

 

We used milk chocolate for the filling but I think dark would have worked well.

Do be careful when melting the chocolate for the filling not to overheat the mixture, if overheated the chocolate and butter will split.

 

These melting moments are for serious chocoholics, so enjoy.

 

Happy baking

 

Guten Appetit

Heidi

 

Chocolate Melting moments biscuits (makes approx 15 cookies)

Ingredients

175g butter

50g caster sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

125g plain flour

25g cornflour

25g cocoa powder (sifted)

 

For filling

100g good quality chocolate

2tablespoons cream

 

 

Pre heat the oven to 180c. Line two large baking tray with baking paper

 

  1. 1.In a large mixing bowl cream together the butter and caster sugar and vanilla extract until pale and fluffy.
  2. 2.Sift the plain flour, cornflour and cocoa powder into the mixing bowl.
  3. 3.Using a metal spoon fold them into the mixture until the ingredients are well combined.
  4. 4.Using a teaspoon put a small amount onto the baking trays so that you have 30 dollops (each biscuit has two sides)
  5. 5.Bake for 12-minutes .
  6. 6.Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack.
  7. 7.Place the chocolate and cream in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir them until melted.
  8. 8.Remove from the heat and leave to cool completely.
  9. 9.Spread the filing on the flat side of half of the cooled biscuits with a palate knife and sandwich each one with one of the remaining biscuits.

 

Enjoy

October 31, 2014
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Fireworks’ Night 5 November

Fireworks’ Night 5 November

“Remember, remember the fifth of November... “

Fireworks’ Night is also known as Bonfire Night or Guy Fawkes' Night. It's a British tradition dating back to the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, when Catholic conspirator Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament and King James I.

To this day, it is customary for the cellars in the Houses of Parliament to be searched by the Yeoman of the Guard before each State Opening of Parliament. This is also a reminder of the religious upheavals in Britain and Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries

The anniversary of Fawkes' arrest on 5 November is celebrated each year with fireworks and bonfires. Effigies of Guy Fawkes ("the guy") are often burned on top of the bonfires. You can look forward to firework displays across London which are now largely held on the weekends before or after 5 November.

 

Here are three displays which are held relatively close to our residences.

  • Battersea Park, Queenstown Road, SW11 4NJ - Saturday 8 November 6.30pm £10 – under 10s free
  • Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way,  N22 7AY – Saturday 1 November  3.00pm-11.00pm - £8, children£5.50
  • Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, Se11 5HY – Friday 31 October 6.00pm-10.00pm Free

 

And if you know of any other displays near you post the details on our forum/blog