Saturday, 15 February 2014

Le Petit Gateau


The Little Cake; my new baking venture!

Over the weekend I had a little stall at ARTE market in Dubai to sell some baked goods and desserts, baking is one of my passions so it was a fun (but long!) day spent meeting new people whilst indulging in some yummy food! There were over 200 vendors selling their handmade items, most of whom are regulars and some who were there for the first time like myself. Although the amount of people visiting & purchasing was a lot less than what I expected, it was still a good experience and had given me better ideas for next time if I decide to participate again. What I did decide however was that next time I would showcase my crochet work instead of baked goods as the stress and time I consumed 3 days before the event baking and preparing was TRAUMATIC! Most people who know me well, know that I am not the world's most energetic spirit and I much prefer stress free baking over not-being-able-to-sit-all-day-with-a-sore-back-baking. 

I was very happy that I was able to use a few of my precious things at my stall like the beautifully made and gorgeous quilted afghan my Nan made me as well as a vintage cut glass cake plate with little feet and my new marble and wood cake stand! I also loved the way the Macarons turned out as it was only my second time making them and they stood out so well in the glass dome, everyone who passed had a second or third glance ما شاء الله !

I was so happy with my table look despite the hideous blue table skirt that we were stuck with. I was hoping for a white one as well as a better location but it all worked out pretty well in the end! 





 Click HERE for my Rumless Rum Balls Recipe

Click HERE for Chocolate Brownies Recipe


A few notes on the Macarons, if anyone is interested in attempting these delicious morsels, I strongly advise using the Italian Method. I know the French method seems easier but you will more than likely be successful in your first try using the Italian method as it is consistent. I would also INSIST on using an electric scale to measure out all of the ingredients and follow the recipe to the T. You will need a candy thermometer, a free standing mixer as well as disposable piping bags. Here is the a few links I used in my research. 

MACARON PHOTO TUTORIAL - Lilian from Beyond Umami is also great to answer any questions you may have. Her photos of descriptions are also great and helped me a lot in my Macaron research process. 




Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Lately...

Sorry for the lack of posts, I am feeling very slack about it but I have been occupied with other bits and bobs, so it isn't completely due to my lazy nature! Here is what I have been doing...


I made Macaron Shells, my favourite new bake and I feel oh so chic when whipping up a batch. I make it sound easy, but truth is I researched for a full day on how to perfect these beauties. This picture is without the filling, which is soon to come!

I made the Chevron Tea Pot Cosie, this is available as a one off piece if anyone is interested in brightening up a dull kitchen!


I made a large crochet doilie! I will make a few more in different colours when I have time and then display them in white frames and hang them on the wall! 



I made this yummy Salted Caramel & Peanut Butter Slice! 

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Midnight Snack



The perfect midnight snack for hungry bellies that hits the spot every time. Salty, sweet, crunchy & gooey, this sandwich has all the components needed to make up the perfect snack appropriate for those peckish nights when dessert just doesn't cut it.

WARNING: these are addictive, devour with care.

I had my first Elvis Presley Sandwich a very long time ago, I'm guessing in the mid 2000's when Mum whipped up a batch after seeing or hearing about them from Nigella Lawson. I still remember the night she made it and the memory has stuck. How could I not remember such a taste? Once I moved to Dubai in 2011 I would make them for my self to satisfy my home-sick stomach and whenever I had bananas that were going a little too ripe. Ever since I have made them although they never have been quite as good as Mum's.....until now (sorry Mum)! 

As I have made them for my husband before, he recognised them when watching a cooking program late one night. The difference between the old and the new was the addition of spices and caramelised banana. I cant take any credit for the spices however, I did change it in that as in Mum's reipe, I re fried the toasted sandwich as a last step.

Here is the new and impoved, Mum's Elvis Presley Sandwich, dedicate to Mother Dearest <3 

Please adjust spices according to your taste, I have not included any measurements below as I usually just add a dash of each. This is for one sandwich.


Ingredients

1 ripe banana, halved lengthways and then in width
1 tbsp butter
dash of All Spice
pinch of ground Nutmeg
1 clove
pinch of cinnamon
sprinkle of brown sugar
peanut butter
2 slices white bread 
(DO NOT try to use brown or whole-meal, I tried and it ruined the flavour)

- Melt butter in fry pan with all of the spices, allow to heat and then add the sliced banana. Sprinkle the sugar over the banana. 
- Use a toaster to slightly toast your bread. Once toasted spread thickly with peanut butter on one side (I prefer to use crunchy). 
- Whilst toasting the bread, flip the banana so that you achieve an even caramel on all side of the banana. 
- Once the banana has become golden and caramelised, place it carefully on the peanut butter toast and top with other slice of toast. Now return whole sandwich to the frypan and allow to become golden and crisp on each side. You may need to add extra butter at this stage. 
- Slice diagonally and prepare to fall in love!