Saturday, May 24, 2008

May 24th 2008

Honest I have been cooking. LOL Just been really busy with things here this past few weeks. Gardening mainly and crafting. Have had some friends' birthdays this past month too. I have been experimenting with a cake for one of them and trying hard to see if I can get it right. This was my first attempt. And though it was nice it needed a bit of work. But my other friend who took this photo after I sent this half home with her would like this for her Birthday next week. I am working on perfecting a coffee cake. This one is a Bailey's Coffee cake. The Bailey's overpowering the coffee flavour. Very nice and very light too. My friend enjoyed it so much she had to have two pieces!!!!

My Bailey's Coffee cake Recipe well sort of....
100 g/1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
100g/ 1/2 cup caster(superfine) sugar
100g/ 1 cup self raising flour
2.5ml /1/2 stp baking powder
15 ml/1 Tablespoon of instant coffee powder dissolved in 10 ml/2 tsp hot water **see note
2 eggs
(**Note- I used about 3 tablespoons of coffee and about 3 Tablespoons of baileys to dissolve it in. The 1 tablespoon of coffee isn't strong enough.)
Blend together the butter and sugar and add the eggs and whip one at a time. Then blend in the dissolved coffee and then stir in the flour and sieved baking powder until well mixed. Spoon into two well greased and floured 8 inch cake tins. Bake in a preheated 180 C/350F/Gas mark 4 oven for 30 minutes until well risen and springy to the touch. I baked mine for 20 minutes and tested it with a toothpick first.
Now I tried this recipe again. Using the coffee and water, but also added in 1 Tablespoon of very very finely ground coffee beans. This definately gives the coffee flavour I am after.
The frosting is easy and one I just made up on my own.
Take one pot of whipping cream and whip to almost stiff. Start adding in some coffee about 3 tablespoons dissolved in 2 to 3 Tablespoons of Baileys. Now start beating again with an elextric mixer on high and add some icing/powdered sugar. I used about 1/2 small box/about 1 to 2 cups. This won't be a stiff frosting but a really light and fluffy one.
Frost bottom layer and then place next layer ontop and then frost the remaining cake. Decorate with chopped walnuts. You can even put the chopped walnuts in the cake mix or on the first layer. Oh almost forgot. Before I started frosting I used a little Baileys to moisten the cake layers. I had to use up one of the small bottles that I bought. Didn't want to waste it. Keep this one in the refrigerator. Enjoy!!!! It was really yummy!!!! And I am glad I sent the other half home as I am still trying hard to loose some weight here!!!! Now I have two to bake this next week. I hope I have strong will power. LOL

I have tried to make this for ages now and not been very successful at making them. The pasta dough just doesn't come out right and most are too thick and split when cooking. I used the recipe from Angela Hartnett's cookbook that I got from the library. And it worked beautifully!!!

I used my pasta machine and it rolled out really thin. Angela has a brillant tip that she doesn't really mention in her book for making Raviolli. She has really wide pasta that you brush with egg wash first then put the filling down the middle in little mounds. Fold over 1/2 and then fold over the second half. Push down between the little mounds and then cut with your knife or pastry wheel. No splitting when boiling!!!!!

I used spinach, ricotta, bread crumbs, parmesan, pine nuts and some chopped walnuts for the filling. You can add some sauteed finely chopped onion and garlic too.

Then I served them up with a nice pasta sauce and some more pine nuts and parmesan cheese.

This is the absolute best raviolli I have ever eaten!!!!! I must get her cookbook!!!!

My Stepson and Partner came for a visit last weekend and that always gives me a chance to try new recipes out and try to show off a little. LOL
They really enjoy my chili prawns so those I made for a starter with some of our home grown lettuce. They were really tasty.

And I made my Onion Rosemary Foccacia to go with the meal.

And we tried the Halibut recipe from Angela's Cookbook the one I did the recipe book tag last post. It looked really good and tasted even better.

I for one can definately recommend you try the local library for some yummy cook books. I now have three new ones that I got out this past week and yes another one is by Angela Hartnett.


zlamushka said...

Hey Pat, you re on a cooking spree, I see. Any chance of cooking a little for my event? I am hosting Tried & Tasted event dedicated to cooking from other blogs. This month, we re cooking from Cynthia. Up for the challenge?

Pat said...

Zlamushka, Thanks I will give it a go. Not next week as it is so busy that I don't think I can fit another thing in. But I can do it the first of June. Sounds interesting.

zlamushka said...

That´s all right, Pat. Unfortunately, Cynthia´s blog cooking event ends in a few days. Nevertheless, her blog is worth cooking from all the time :-)

Pat said...

Maybe next time then. Sorry. I agree she does have some yummy recipes!!!

Cottage Smallholder said...

That ravioli looks amazing, and the cake ans well everything really! I am determined to try the pasta asap. Thanks Pat.

Cynthia said...

Homemade pasta, foccacia and Bailey's coffe cake! Man, I need to take a vacation at your place :)

It is so nice to catch up with you my dear friend.

Pat said...

Thanks Fiona and Cynthia. The Raviolli was realy lovely. Think I might make some more this week with the rest of my spinach.
Cynthia, if you look at my main blog you can go on a mini holiday. We visited Stonehenge this past week. It was fantastic!!!

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

I'm with Cynthia, holiday at your house sounds delicous. I'd like the homemade ravioli with the foccacia, followed by the Bailey's coffee cake.
Hope you're well and enjoying retirement. xx

Pat said...

Aww Thanks Amanda!!! Hope you are feeling better. I would wait till it warms up a bit before coming. That way we can sit out on the patio for lunch. :)

Charlotte Hume said...

You have been cooking like Superwoman. This is a wonderful selection of dishes. I tried making ravioli and was putoff my the problem of the pasta splitting.
I will try your method next

Pat said...

Thanks Charlotte!!! Angela's way of doing them sure works. Let me know how you get on.

Nettie said...

Hi Pat,
Wow...your ravioli looks wonderful...perhaps THAT will be a new toy instead of craft goodies I should get...a pasta

Kelly-Jane said...

Home made pasta, prawns, bread anda stunning cake - I don't know what to choose, it all looks so good :)

Pat said...

Thanks Nettie!!! It is fun to get out. One thing you must remember is to always keep it dry. Never get it wet, kinda like gremlins. LOL Use a pastry brush to keep it clean. (otherwise you will be using it for crafting rather than cooking.)

Awwww Thanks Kelly-Jane!!! They were all yummy!!!

katiez said...

Your ravioli do look fantastic!
So does the cake.... I'm hungry now. Must go cook!

Pat said...

Thanks Katie. Your blog always makes me hungry. :)