Chocolate Cake Dalek

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All my bananas had been used up making several banana cakes earlier in the week so changed the plan and made a chocolate Daled. The cake was based on my Victoria Sandwich recipe x2.5. It took much longer in the oven than I had expected, the base recipe said approximately 30minutes so I had expected about 60….what a mistake it was more like 100minutes!! I was pleased that the cake came out of the mould in one piece, having looked at other posts some said it was almost impossible. I think that the middle section of the Dalek will be tasty but the head appears to be very hard due to the big difference in cake thickness in the head compared to the base. As it was mainly a cake test not a decorating test I just decorated it with my cupcake icing that I had added some black food colouring to. I think it looks quite good for a first attempt. The taste test will be tomorrow at my husbands work….Will try to make it as a jelly cake or an ice cream cake next time.

Lunch bread

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We needed bread for sandwiches so I decided to bake some rather than going to the shop. I am starting to get the hand of dried yeast and managed to make some of the nicest bread I’ve made. To make the bread: activate 15g of yeast in a bowl with a teaspoon of sugar and 150ml of luke warm water. Once  frothing (10minutes later) add anther 350ml of luke warm water, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1.5 teaspoons of salt, some dried oregano, 300ml rye flour and enough plain flour to make it into a dough. Knead the dough for 5minutes and leave it to rise for 1hour. Knead the dough again, divide the dough and shape to two loaves. Place directly on a baking tray (or as I wanted it for sandwiches I buttered two loaf tins and put pumpkin seeds inside before placing the loaves in the tins). Leave the loaves to rise again for another hour before baking at 225degrees for 30minutes. The sandwiches are now ready for work and I’m lucking forward to lunch 🙂

Shrove Tuesday Swedish Style

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Finally! A new post…. Work, uni and a broken oven put a temporary stop to my baking and blogging. In Sweden they eat Semlor (a sweet bun with marzipan and whipped cream) on Shrove Tuesday, much tastier than pancakes. Or you can do like us who had Semlor on Sunday when a few friends were over and had American pancakes today 🙂 I have been experimenting with new recipes and different yeast to get the best buns, slowly getting there I think, will do a last experiment this weekend before uploading a recipe. I also bought a Dalek cake mould this weekend and have a bowl full of brown bananas so think a banana and chocolate Dalek coming up too….need to find more people to feed cake….I will let you know how I get on 🙂