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Baking - all sorts of baking

Discussion in 'Cookery' started by The Pobble, Aug 4, 2010.

  1. Setting the scene: I am on a very strict diet for a few weeks, trying to get my brain to understand I don't like being fat!
    I am also trying to review a book or 2 for Bethannie.
    So I was sat in Waterstones for the second time this week. (Sorry Beth still no xmas veggie book).
    But I did find Warm Bread and Honey Cake link it has a Look Inside. I sat down with an ENORMOUS black coffee, they serve it in a cup with 2 handles!!! I began to read. I ran out of coffee..........
    Oh dear! No food for at least 3 weeks (Climber is away for that long, so he won't be able to laugh at me) and here I am reading a book that makes me want to turn the oven on and get busy!
    I put the £25 book back on the shelf (it's much less on Amazon) and came home, drooling!


    I realised. I haven't baked anything for years, not regularly, just a half hearted crack at a cake or loaf of bread. I used to bake every single week!

    So............................................

    After a quick trawl of the cupboards I have made a list of baking trays and I will start baking again. Cakes, biscuits, puddings, breads. All sorts of baking. I can't believe I just stopped!
    What else do you think? If you had to choose just 3 things to bake, what would they be?
    1. Caraway bread
    2. German Tree cake (baumkuchen?) for my birthday
    3. Grantham ginger biccies
     
  2. I'm rubbish at baking. Occasionally I get something right and it turns out delicious, but it's just as likely (or more likely!) to go horribly inedibly wrong, and I've yet to work out what I do that makes the difference!
     
  3. Hang on. What's the relationship between the strict regime and the baking trays?
    Is this all planning, or are you going to bust out of the self imposed restrictions right NOW?


     
  4. PLANNING!
    Please god it's planning. Or the 2 days I have already spent drinking revolting sludge will have been a waste.

    Seriously, I am cleaning house and re-organising whilst I am on a nasty strict diet. So this is part of my reward when the house is clean and tidy and I have stopped the constant grazing!
     
  5. Scones
    Jam tarts
    Maids of Honour
    Flap jacks
    Brownies
    Cheese twists
    Soda bread with seeds
    German Käsekuchen
    Cheesecake (dead different to above)
    Shortbread
    Toffee
    Fudge
    (sorry, you are going to diiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet - ignore my whole post [​IMG])
     
  6. Bethannie

    Bethannie New commenter

    Firstly: You will not lose weight by not eating! Your metabolism will drop because your body thinks there's a famine!


    Now...what would I bake? Well, if I could only ever bake 3 things..
    1) Home baked bread
    2) Scones
    3) German plum crumble cake

    If it's for a special occassion (like say my birthday next month!)...
    1) Coffee and Walnut Marble Cake
    2) Bienenstich
    3)Spiced Apple Cheesescake
    (All baked by mum!)

    Oh, and if it is Christmas:
    1) Mince Pies
    2) Stollen
    3) Cinammon Stars


     
  7. S'OK Beth. I've worked it all out and am feeding BMR fully. I really am just taking 3 weeks to break some very bad habits and comfort eating with a very, very basic diet. I'm adding exercise minutes too, so I am very careful with the kcal intake. Thanks for worrying though [​IMG]


    I'm keeping a list of all those suggestions. I'm also clearing cupboards so, when I know what I've got, raisins, nuts etc, I'll probably make Nana Cupboard Cake - very little flour, lost of dried fruit!
    I've now got 4 eggs - had 6, ate one and the other was broken) so I won't have to nip out and buy anything!
     
  8. PlymouthMaid

    PlymouthMaid Occasional commenter

    My current three choices would be scones (to go with my home made jam), chocolate courgette orange cake (to use up the monsters) and a beetroot cake as I haven't made that one before. All great diet food as you know.
     
  9. Chocolate courgette orange cake???
    Is it a Red Velvet recipe? Does it freeze? Does it taste nice?
    I need to use some courgettes too!
     
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  11. PlymouthMaid

    PlymouthMaid Occasional commenter

    Here you go Pobster - it is lovely. Makes a pretty sizeable cake which rises well. Sure it would freeze but it also keeps happily for a week so I haven't frozen any yet. I think I will be in the next few weeks as I am a little bored with eating it now. It is nice with cream as dessert too.

    I always find the glaze a little runny so adapt that a bit.



    Zucchini Chocolate Orange Cake
    2 1/2 cups plain flour
    1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    1 1/2 teaspoons bicarb. of soda
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    3/4 cup butter
    2 cups white sugar
    3 eggs, beaten
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    1/2 cup milk
    3 cups grated zucchini/courgettes if you?re English
    1 tablespoon orange zest
    1 cup chopped walnuts

    1 1/4 cups icing/confectioners' sugar
    1/4 cup orange juice
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Directions
    1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease
    and flour or line a 9? cake tin.
    2 In a medium bowl, sift flour, cocoa, baking powder,
    bicarb, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
    3 In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy.
    Add eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla and milk to the butter
    mixture. Stir in dry ingredients and mix until well blended.
    Fold in zucchini, orange zest and nuts.
    4 Pour into a greased and floured cake tin. Bake at
    350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 50 to 60 minutes, or
    until a toothpick inserted into centre of cake comes out
    clean. Allow to cool, then drizzle with glaze.
    5 To make the glaze: In a small bowl mix together sugar,
    orange juice and vanilla. Invert cake onto serving dish, then
    pour glaze over.
     
  12. PlymouthMaid

    PlymouthMaid Occasional commenter

    arg what happened to the formatting??
     
  13. PlymouthMaid

    PlymouthMaid Occasional commenter

    Zucchini Chocolate Orange Cake

    2 1/2 cups plain flour

    1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

    2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

    1 1/2 teaspoons bicarb. of soda

    1 teaspoon salt

    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

    3/4 cup butter

    2 cups white sugar

    3 eggs, beaten
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    1/2 cup milk

    3 cups grated zucchini/courgettes if you?re English

    1 tablespoon orange zest

    1 cup chopped walnuts

    1 1/4 cups icing/confectioners' sugar

    1/4 cup orange juice

    1 teaspoon vanilla extract


    Directions

    1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease
    and flour or line a 9? cake tin.

    2 In a medium bowl, sift flour, cocoa, baking powder,
    bicarb, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.

    3 In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy.

    Add eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla and milk to the butter
    mixture. Stir in dry ingredients and mix until well blended.

    Fold in zucchini, orange zest and nuts.

    4 Pour into a greased and floured cake tin. Bake at
    350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 50 to 60 minutes, or
    until a toothpick inserted into centre of cake comes out
    clean. Allow to cool, then drizzle with glaze.

    5 To make the glaze: In a small bowl mix together sugar,
    orange juice and vanilla. Invert cake onto serving dish, then
    pour glaze over.
     
  14. PlymouthMaid

    PlymouthMaid Occasional commenter

    Bah give up
     
  15. Thanks.
    I've copied it into Word and it all makes sense!
    baking tomorrow - I need a quick shop first!
     
  16. Hi - the cake sounds delicious and would love to have a go- heres my stupid question:
    How do I judge a cup? The recipe is all a cup here, a half cup there and as a novice baker who only started baking recently I am at a loss??? Everything I have made so far has used g and ounces! Im just thinking cups come in all different sizes!
    Is there a standard cup size in baking? Sorry if this is a really stupid question!
     
  17. Not stupid.
    It used to be an arbitrary measure you just picked a cup and stuck to it!
    Nowadays it has been standardised
    1 cup = 240ml
    1 cup = 200g
    Though the standardisations do vary mushc as the original cups did [​IMG]
     
  18. PlymouthMaid

    PlymouthMaid Occasional commenter

    I love the fact its in cups as I have a set of special baking cups - much easier than all that faffing about with scales :)
     
  19. Me too! Cups, measuring jug, spoons and a set of scales that does wet and dry and has a zero setting!
    And I use the cups by preference!
     
  20. Thanks!
     

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