Yorkshire Brack – Hubby Bakes!

Yorkshire Brack3 OMG! My Hubby baked!  My Hubby is an eater, not a baker. So you can imagine my surprise when he came up with this.  He did a great job and I was so proud of him :) He saw the recipe for Yorkshire brack on “Ade in Britain”, an English cooking show featuring Ade Edmondson.  You’ve would’ve seen him in shows such as “Young ones” and “Bottom”.  He hosted this cooking show which is one of Hubby’s favourites to watch.  Ade travels around Britain learning about local produce and of course, cooking along the way. Yorkshire Brack is a fruit cake with a tea infusion and is usually eaten for afternoon tea with a nice pot of tea but honestly, it can be eaten anytime you like.

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He decided to make this one day. It’s so easy to make that even a non-baker can make this.  It only has a handful of ingredients and basically everything is thrown into a bowl and mixed together.  The only thing is though, you need to plan ahead as the dried fruit need to soak in tea the night before.  No offense to Hubby, but if he can make this, anyone can. Yorkshire Brack4 I’m not really a fruit cake fan but I have to say, this cake is probably the only one I have enjoyed eating.  It has a treacley, caramely flavour and the sultanas and raisins give it a real sweetness.  You can play with the type of tea you use to give the cake different flavours. Recipe:

  • 150ml of hot tea
  • 454g of mixed dried fruit (sultanas, raisins and currants)
  • 225g self raising flour
  • 175g demerara sugar (can also use raw sugar)
  • 1 egg, beatened
  1. Soak the dried fruit in the hot tea overnight
  2. Next day, Preheat oven to 160degC
  3. Drain the dried fruit into a large bowl and add the rest of the ingredients. Mix well to combine. If mixture is too dry, add another egg and mix.
  4. Spoon the mixture into a prepared loaf tin and bake for approximately for 1 hour or until a skewer comes out clean
  5. Best served warm with butter and a slice of cheese.

Yorkshire Brack5 Bon Appetite, Cherrie

Easter Simnel Cake

The Simnel cake is a cake traditionally baked during Easter in the UK. It's a light fruit cake that has two layers of marzipan, one in the middle and the other on top. The eleven balls of marzipan on top represent the 12 apostles minus Judas (for obvious reasons).

This fruit cake is lighter than the Christmas cake and the marzipan layer in the middle of the cake gives it a unique taste.

My Hubby loves fruit cakes and he has been bugging me for years to bake it for him. I finally caved in and made it for him this year. It got the thumbs up :)

The recipe, I used was Mary Berry's though I did change the number of lemons. I also changed the ratio of the dried fruits though the combined weight is still the same.
  • recipe:
  • 100g glacé cherries, cut into quarters
  • 225g softened butter
  • 225g brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 225g self raising flour
  • 375 mixed dried fruit (sultanas, currants, fruit peel)
  • zest of one lemon
  • 2 tsp ground mixed spice
  • 500g marzipan/almond paste
  • 2 tbs apricot jam, warmed in the microwave
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten, to glaze
  1. Preheat oven to 130degC Fan forced. Grease and line a 20cm round cake tin.
  2. Beat the butter and sugar together in a large bowl, until light and creamy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, to prevent them from curdling. Sift the flour and mix it in a little at a time.
  3. Add the cherries, mixed fruit, mixed spice and the zest and mix until well combined.
  4. Spoon half the mixture into the prepared tin and level the surface.
  5. Take one third of the marzipan and roll it out to a circle the same size as the tin. Place it on top of the cake mixture. Spoon the rest of the cake mixture on top of the marzipan and level the surface.
  6. Bake for 2- 2/12 hours until well risen and equally browned on top. Check after 2 hours. Leave to cool in the tin for about 10mins before turning out onto a cake rack.
  7. When cooled, brush the warm apricot jam over the top of cake and roll out half of the remaining marzipan to fit the top of the cake. Press firmly on the top and crimp the edges. Lightly brush with the beaten egg.
  8. With the remaining marzipan, form eleven balls and arrange the balls around the edge of the cake. Brush the balls with the beaten egg.
  9. Place the cake under a hot grill to turn the marzipan golden-brown. Alternatively, you can use a blow torch,

Happy Easter and Bon Appetite,

Cherrie

 

Kedgeree with Kippers

Don't you love breakfast for dinner? Kedgeree, which usually contains cooked smoked fish, rice, eggs and curry, is known to be eaten for breakfast throughout the UK.

It is believed that the British soldiers brought it back home after enjoying eating it in India. It is now a popular breakfast meal using left over smoked fish though it can be eaten any time of the day.

I was really happy when I found this at a local fish monger. It's kippers. Kippers are smoked herring that has been split, salted or pickled and cold smoked. It reminds me of the Filipino smoked fish, tinapa. If you can't find kippers, you can use any smoked fish you like or even just used poached salmon.

I knew I wanted to make kedgeree as soon as I saw the kippers. I made it for dinner and my English hubby loved it. It now makes the dinner table often. For this recipe, I used a few different recipes I had and combined it to make my own.

Recipe: (serves 4)

  • 20g butter
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 2 tbs curry powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 350g basmati rice
  • 600ml chicken stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 hard boiled eggs, quartered
  • 200g kippers
  • 1 tbs lemon juice
  • Handful of parsley leaves
  • Salt and pepper

 

  1. Melt the butter in a heavy based pan, add the onion and garlic. Sauté for 5 minutes
  2. Add the curry and turmeric powder and cook for a further minute.
  3. Add the rice and stir to mix. Add the stock and bay leaves. Bring to the boil and let simmer for 10-12 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, boil the kippers according to packet instructions then flake gently.
  5. Uncover the rice and gently fork the kippers and boiled eggs through.
  6. Cover and cook for a further 3-4 minutes.
  7. Add the lemon juice, parsley leaves and salt and pepper to taste.

Bon Appetite,

Cherrie

 

Creamy Fish Pie

I love this dish. Lately I have been trying to add fish to our family meals more often. I’m a meat lover and I would eat meat everyday if I could. However, I am trying to make our family dinners more diverse. This dish is perfect for Lent if you are going meatless on Fridays in the leadup to Easter. However, this can be eaten anytime of the year.
Recipe: (Adapted from a Rick Stein recipe)
  • 1 small onion, thickly sliced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 600ml milk
  • 300ml thickened cream
  • 100g peas
  • 60g baby spinach
  • 180g smoked cod
  • 4 eggs, boiled and quartered
  • 70g butter
  • 45g plain flour
  • 1kg potatoes
  • 1 egg yolk
  • salt and white pepper to season
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180degC
  2. In a large pan, add the onions, bay leaf, 450ml of the milk, cream and smoked cod. Bring to the boil and gently simmer for 8 minutes.
  3. Lift the fish out onto a plate and strain the cooking liquor into a jug.
  4. When the fish has cooled, break into large flakes and spread out evenly over the base of a shallow ovenproof dish.
  5. Over the fish, evenly arrange the boiled egg, peas and baby spinach. (It will look like there’s too much baby spinach but it will wilt down)
  6. Melt 35g of the butter into a pan, add the flour and cook for 1 miniute. Take off the heat and gradually add the cooking liquor. Return to the heat and slowly bring to the boil. Keep stirring. Simmer for 10 minutes and season.
  7. Pour the sauce over the fish.
  8. Boil the potatoes for 15-20 minutes. Drain and mash and add some butter and the egg yolk. Season with salt and white pepper and add enough milk to form a spreadable mash.
  9. Spoon the mash over the filling and mark the surface with a fork.
  10. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown
Bon Appetite,
Cherrie

Peach and Butterscotch Mess

I love Summer because it means all my favourite fruits are in season. Peaches are one of them. I love to eat them straight as a snack. Sometimes, I like to make something a little special with them.
This simple and quick dessert is delcious and perfect for the whole family. The only cooking you need to do is the butterscotch sauce but that only takes 5 minutes.

Recipe (makes 4)

150ml cream, whipped till soft peaks

meringue

2 peaches, peeled, and diced

butterscotch sauce (recipe below)

Simply layer all the ingredients into a bowl.

Crush up some of the meringue and sprinkle on top

Pour a little more of the butterscotch sauce on top.

Butterscotch sauce recipe:

75g brown sugar

180ml cream

70g chopped butter

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Place all the ingredients in a saucepan, bring to the boil and simmer for 5 mins.

Bon Appetite,
Cherrie

Cook Book Challenge : Egg Pin Wheels for an Afternoon Tea Dinner

Theme 8 : Eggs
CookBook : The Dairy Book of Home Cookery by Sonia Allison
for the Milk Marketing Board of England and Wales
Recipe : Pin Wheel Sandwiches
With my Hubby and his family originally from England, we were all excited for the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.  My mother in law came over for dinner but instead of eating dinner I prepared an afternoon tea affair.  The cookbook I used actually belong to Hubby’s Nan in England.  She let me keep it during our holiday there a few years back.  This version was published in 1978 and as you can see it’s been well used.  To this day, my mother in law still cooks dishes that she got from it.
Pin wheel sandwiches shows up regularly in afternoon teas, alongside other fabulous finger foods, sweet and savoury.  It can be filled with any filling you like.  I chose Egg.

Tea is, of course, compulsory though coffee can also make an appearance.  I even took out our special Harrods tea towel just for the occasion.

Other dishes I also prepared for the Afternoon Tea Dinner :

My Afternoon tea table
Salmon sandwiches and cheese and cucumber sandwiches
Victoria Sponge Cake
After dinner, Hubby made Pimm’s Deuce.
Recipe :
4 hard boiled eggs, peeled and chopped
2 tbs mayonnaise or salad cream
1/2 tsp English mustard powder
salt and pepper
6 white or brown bread slices, crusts removed
butter
alfa alfa
1.  In a bowl, place the eggs, mayonnaise or salad cream, English mustard powder salt and pepper.  Set aside
2.  Using a rolling pin, roll over a slice of bread to flatten.
3.  Spread with butter and 1 – 2 tablespoons of the egg mixture.
4. Sprinkle alfa alfa over the egg mixture.
5.  Roll tightly to enclose the filling.  Place on place, seam side down.
6.  Repeat with the remaining of the egg mixture.
7.  Refrigerate for 30-60 minutes to firm up a little
8.  Cut into 3 or 4 even slices.  (as you can see, I didn’t cut them evenly hehe)

Check out my previous posts on this year’s cookbook challenge.

Bon Appetite,
Cherrie

Easter Bread and Butter Pudding

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I love mid week desserts.  Especially ones that are quick and easy to make.  I particularly like the ones that only requires a quick assembly before easily placing in the oven.   I can sit back, make a cup of tea or coffee and just wait for the pudding to be baked.
My family loves bread and butter pudding.  It’s especially special when I use Hot cross buns.  We had a packet in the freezer (when I over eagerly bought too many packets and couldn’t consume prior to the use by date) and it would be a shame not to use it in this pudding.   This recipe is inspired by Nigella Lawson’s recipe but as usual, I tweaked it a bit to make it my own.  In the recipe, the buns (or bread) is smothered with lots of butter and jam.  I used strawberry jam but you can use any flavour of jam, maramalde or conserve.  It gives it an extra umph to the dish so it’s not all one flavour as you eat your way through.
The pudding is best served straight of the oven with custard but can easily be eaten with cream or ice cream or if you’re so inclined, eat it by itself.

1 packet of hot cross buns
butter
strawberry jam
4 egg yolks
1 egg
3 tbs caster sugar
500ml thickened cream
200ml full fat cream
2 tbs demerara sugar
1.  Preheat oven to 180degC
2.  Slice the hot cross buns in half
3.  Spread the buns with butter and strawberry jam
4.  Place in an ovenproof dish, spreading out evenly
5.  Make the custard by placing the egg, egg yolks, cream, milk and sugar in a small bowl and mix to combine
6.  Pour the custard over the bread and let sit for 10 minutes for the custard to seep into the bread
7.  Sprinkle the demerara sugar on top
8.  Bake in the oven for about 40-45 minutes
9.  Serve warm with custard.
Happy Easter!

Bon Appetite,
Cherrie