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Old 09-03-2014, 15:40   #121
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Pear and walnut cake with crunchy walnut topping

I would have added "scrumptious" to the title, but it was long enough .

Warning: It is not possible to refuse seconds of this cake (and even thirds ).

PEAR & COCONUT CAKE WITH CRUNCHY WALNUT TOPPING

3 medium pears
juice of 1 lemon
3 eggs
cup extra virgin olive oil
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
cup low fat Greek yoghurt
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
1.5 cups SR flour
tsp baking powder

- Peel pears, then core and chop into about 1cm cubes
- Toss in lemon juice to prevent discolouration and simmer a few minutes until slightly softened
- Drain, reserving liquid and let pears cool

- Hand whisk eggs, oil, sugar, vanilla and yoghurt and any liquid from the pears
- Stir in the coconut
- Gently fold in sifted flour and baking powder
- Scoop out a cup of the mixture and in a separate bowl combine with cup of the chopped walnuts
- Gently fold the pears through the larger portion of the mixture and pour into a prepared 24 cm pan
- Spoon teaspoons of the walnut mix on top, distributing the dollops as evenly as possible
- Sprinkle with the other cup of walnuts, then the extra sugar
- Bake 180 C 35 min (test)

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Old 11-03-2014, 15:34   #122
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Re: Brownies

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Butter?
You didn't say it was going to have butter in it .
I have no butter on board .
I will have to go and console myself with another piece (or two) of Brownie .

I may have a go at 'modifying' this recipe tomorrow.
Success or failure, I will report back
Can't you use other things instead of butter like yogurt, olive oil, mayonaise, veganaise, anything that has lipids in it in high concentrations. How about coconut oil!1 Coconut oil is solid at room temperature like butter and melts at body temp just like butter. Coconut oil may give it a nice flavor as well.
I just had some, Bailey's Irish Cream, home made ice cream and it was great....So now Sassy Lassie you no longer have an excuse for not to try the recipe.....chuckle....
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Old 15-03-2014, 19:09   #123
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Can't you use other things instead of butter like yogurt, olive oil, mayonaise, veganaise, anything that has lipids in it in high concentrations. How about coconut oil!1 Coconut oil is solid at room temperature like butter and melts at body temp just like butter. Coconut oil may give it a nice flavor as well.
I just had some, Bailey's Irish Cream, home made ice cream and it was great....So now Sassy Lassie you no longer have an excuse for not to try the recipe.....chuckle....
Yep, you can. I think BobandConnie mentioned using mayonnaise successfully.

I have had such success with extra virgin olive oil, and the good stuff (low acidity) is readily available in the Med and stores so well long term unrefrigerated, that I haven't experimented with much else. For me the flavour is indiscernible and the results excellent with just a quarter of a cup (3 tablespoons) per cake, that this has become my staple amount.

I add luscious thick low fat Greek yoghurt to most of my cake recipes as it helps produce very light, moist cakes.

Baileys and homemade icecream... Yummmmm......
What do you use for your icecream mix? I can't make this on board, but I have a simple hand churner at home that uses a metal canister that I keep permanently frozen, so icecream can be easily made and served at the drop of a hat .
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Re: Pear and walnut cake with crunchy walnut topping

whats SR flour? is it bromated?
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whats SR flour? is it bromated?
SR flour = Self Raising Flour.

It contains all purpose flour (they label this cake flour in Greece) and rising agents (similar to baking powder).
If using all purpose flour, add about a teaspoon of baking powder for every 2 cups of flour.

Baking powder is usually a mix of bicarbonate of soda and an acidic compound. CO2 is produced when it gets wet, making the mix rise.

I was unfamiliar with potassium bromate, so looked it up. As far as I can tell it is just used in bread making to strengthen the dough (same role as adding extra gluten?). It does not in itself make a mixture rise.
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Marzipan pear & almond cake

Without the spices that usually dominate fruit cakes, the gorgeous flavours of pear and almond shine through. This is similar to a Nigella Lawson recipe and is a family favourite . It is particularly good for longer passages, as a little goes a long way and it lasts well.

MARZIPAN PEAR & ALMOND CAKE

1 cup (200 g) dried pears, chopped
1 cup (200 g) sultanas
cup rum or brandy or scotch
3 eggs
cup sugar
cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
Rind of 1 lemon
Rind of 1 orange
1 cup (200 g) whole glace cherries
200 g marzipan, diced
cup ground almond, lightly packed
1.5 cups self raising flour

Optional: extra alcohol for drizzling

- Mix pears, sultanas and alcohol and leave overnight
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees and line a 24 cm springform pan
- Chop marzipan into 1 cm cubes and dust with a tablespoon of the flour to separate the cubes
- Whisk eggs, sugar, oil, vanilla and rind (a quick whisk by hand is fine)
- Stir in fruit mix, cherries and marzipan
- Stir in almonds
- Gently fold in the rest of the sifted flour
- Spoon into the prepared pan
- Pat smooth with a wet hand
- Pop into the oven and immediately turn it down to 150 C.
- Bake 50 minutes (test)
- Cool in pan
- Prick with a skewer and drizzle with a few teaspoons of extra alcohol

Store wrapped in baking paper. If this cake lasts any more than a few days, then keep drizzling it with a little more of your favourite tipple .

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Re: Let Us Eat Cake

That looks spectacular, definitely one to try once the oven is sorted. And for the marzipan to go in it:

225g ground almonds
225g icing sugar
225g caster sugar
1 egg
2 tsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp vanilla essence
1/4 tsp almond essence

Mix sugars and almonds together. Beat in egg, lemon juice, vanilla and almond essences until soft but not sticky.
Knead until smooth, using icing sugar to prevent sticking.
Use as required.

Left over marzipan is wonderful rolled into balls, dipped in melted plain chocolate and left to dry - makes great gifts.
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Re: Marzipan pear & almond cake

Optional: extra alcohol for drizzling
I often be drizzling alcohol when cooking....chuckle...
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I often be drizzling alcohol when cooking....chuckle...
I often put alcohol in the marzipan too, a little amaretto makes it extra special
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Optional: extra alcohol for drizzling
I often be drizzling alcohol when cooking....chuckle...
Frequent tasting is highly recommended too, hic .... .

Have you had a chance to test the orange cake recipe yet?
Bet you are getting bagfuls of luscious ones at the moment.
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Frequent tasting is highly recommended too, hic .... .

Have you had a chance to test the orange cake recipe yet?
Bet you are getting bagfuls of luscious ones at the moment.
I haven't been able to get ashore since my adventures with the dinghy, and I'm here on my own so it's probably a tad greedy to make a cake just for me! Will try it soon though :-)
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Frequent tasting is highly recommended too, hic .... .

Have you had a chance to test the orange cake recipe yet?
Bet you are getting bagfuls of luscious ones at the moment.
Sorry, no. I've allowed myself to over indulge so often the weight has gotten to the point of being a life or death issue so I am trying to force myself into a smaller size in order to over come health issues.
I'll be reading and drooling over the recipes for awhile I suspect. Last time I did this it took me almost a year
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Sorry, no. I've allowed myself to over indulge so often the weight has gotten to the point of being a life or death issue so I am trying to force myself into a smaller size in order to over come health issues.
I'll be reading and drooling over the recipes for awhile I suspect. Last time I did this it took me almost a year
Sorry to hear that .
Shouldn't be tempting you .
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Sorry to hear that .
Shouldn't be tempting you .
I'll bet your saying that with a ish smile and a mischievous twinkle in your eye..... that's ok cause it strengthens my will power
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Chocolate and cake are my weakness too! I do love desserts you know, especially those made with freeze dried fruits. Don't misundertand! I am not selling here, and I just want to express my passion about it.
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