apricot and rosemary tray bake – koláč s meruňkami a s rozmarýnou

This is the only non-Christmas-related baking post you’ll get between now and the time I go back to uni, since in a week I’ll start Christmas baking and there is no way I can justify making anything else once the house is full of cukroví and vánočka and cake and mince pies.

So here it is- really easy, tastes amazing, what else could you want? Recipe from Waitrose

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Ingredients: 200g unsalted butter, softened, 225g golden caster sugar, handful fresh rosemary (helps if you give this a whizz in the blender first, so the pieces are v. v. small), 3 large eggs, 200g ground almonds, 150g self-raising flour, grated zest from 1 lemon, plus 2 tbsp juice, 10/12 apricot halves (I use tinned, but the original recipe calls for fresh), 150g icing sugar

Preheat the oven to 180 C and grease and line a baking tray (30 x 20 cm). Cream together the butter, sugar and rosemary,then add the eggs, ground almonds, flour and lemon zest. Spoon this all into the tin and use a spatula to level it off before arranging the apricot halves on top (alternate cut-side up and cut-side down). Bake for about 40 mins (may take longer or less time depending on your oven- it’s done when the cake is starting to brown on top)

Let it cool in the tin. Mix together lemon juice and icing sugar to make runny glace icing and drizzle this all over the top in criss-cross patterns. EAT IT.

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Budete potřebovat: 200g šťávamáslo, 225g cukr, 3 velké vejce, 150g mouka s kypřícím práškem, čerstvou rozmarýnu, 200g mleté mandle, 5 nebo 6 merunek, rozkrájené napůl, citronová kůra, 2 lžíce citrónová šťáva, 150g cukr moučka.

Předehřejeme troubu na 180 C. Plechovku připravíme s pečícím papírem. Smícháme máslo s cukrem a s rozmarýnou, a pak přidáme vejce, mandle, mouku a citrónovou kůru. Těsto vysypeme do plechovky a vyrovnáme povrch. Naaranžujeme  merunkové půlky na vrch a koláč pečeme asi 40 až 50 minut, dokud vrch nezhnědne.

Cukr moučka smícháme s citrónovou šťávou, a s polevou ozdobíme koláč. Pak se koláč dá sníst (nejlépe ve společnosti!)

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gingerbread cake – zázvorová buchta

Dead easy gingerbread cake, soft and sticky and wonderful in every way. Honestly love this. You’ll need: 100g golden syrup, 100g black treacle, 75g unsalted butter, 75g brown sugar, 150g plain flour, 1/2 tsp mixed spice, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp ginger, 1 egg, 75ml milk, grated zest of one orange (or lemon if you prefer) 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda, and about 75g chopped crystallized stem ginger.

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In a small saucepan, heat the syrup, treacle, butter and sugar and stir them together until the butter melts and ingredients combine. Put this to one side and let it cool down a bit. Preheat your oven to 170 degrees c and grease a 1 litre loaf tin. Line the bottom and long sides with greaseproof paper. Put the flour and spices together in a bowl, make a well in the middle and pour in the treacle gloop. Add in the egg, milk and orange/lemon zest and beat with a wooden spoon until it’s all combined.

Dissolve the bicarbonate of soda in one tablespoon hot water and add to the mixture, along with chopped ginger, and stir until all mixed in. Pour the mixture into your loaf tin and pop it in the oven for 45 mins. Once it’s done, wrap it in a tea towel and let it cool on a cooling rack. If you want, poke holes in the top with a fork and drizzle with lemon-juice-and-icing-sugar icing.

Eat it. Don’t share.

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Tohle je klasický anglický recept na zázvorovou buchtu.

Syroviny: 100g zlatýho sirupu, 100g melasa, 75g másla, 75g měkkýho hnědýho cukr,u 150g mouky,  1 lžička skořice, 1 lžička zázvoru, 1 vejce, 75ml mléka, kůru z jednoho citronu, 0.5 lžičky jedlé sody.

Hřejeme spolu sirup, melasa, máslo a cukr dokud nejsou dostatečně kombinované. Tohle dáme na stranu vychládnout. Do míse dáme mouku a koření, a přidáme mléko, vejce, citronovou kůru, a chladnou sirupovou smísy. Všechno smícháme dokud není kombinované. Jedlou sodu rozpustíme v 1 lžice horké vody, a tohle přidáme do misce, a znovu smícháme. Nalijeme do formy, a šoupneme do trouby. Necháme péct 45 minut 170 stupnů c.