Madeira Cake

My latest challenge in improving my cookery skills and potentially making myself ‘GBBO ready’ is to bake one or more of the GBBO challenges each week in the time constraints set for the contestants. So I decided to make a Madeira cake from the first episode of the new series.

 

I’ve been away on holiday for the last two weeks so I’ve had to buy a new tin and cook away from my home kitchen (without my jazzy camera – hence the slightly dodgy photos!) making baking slightly more tricky – but none the less I’ve given it a go! I made a chocolate and orange flavoured cake with an orange flavoured icing sugar on top. It tasted lovely although there wasn’t the infamous ‘madeira cake crack’ on top – I think this is because I baked the cake in a larger square tin rather than the traditional loaf tin. But this is what this challenge is all about – learning from baking mishaps! I hope you enjoy 🙂 x

Ingredients:

  • 175g butter
  • 175g golden caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 50g ground almonds
  • zest of 2 oranges
  • A few drops of vanilla extract
  • 100g chocolate chips
  • Icing sugar to decorate

Method:

  1. Whisk the butter and sugar together until creamy and light
  2. Ad the eggs one by one
  3. Add the zest and chocolate
  4. Add the flour and almonds
  5. Bake in a lined and greased tin at 170C for 55 minutes
  6. Enjoy with a cup of tea! 🙂
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Chocolate Orange Cookies

My latest bake is a recipe from Janes Patisserie – another fellow food blogger. When I saw her post of these cookies, I knew that I HAD to make them and as soon as possible. They were super easy to make and taste just like the giant cookies you would buy in a shop. I ran out of chocolate orange segments so with my final few cookies I used some left over Thorntons truffles on top and they were so yummy too.

This blog post is dedicated to my dear friend Sarah as it’s her birthday today and her comment when I posted a picture of these cookies online totally made me chuckle – “Oh my actual days….you’ve just revolutionized EVERYTHING I EVER KNEW!…” Happy birthday lovely! 🙂

Makes 12-14

Ingredients:

  • 125g butter
  • 100g granulated sugar
  • 100g light brown sugar (I used dark brown as its all I had!)
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 25g cocoa powder
  • 175g self raising flour
  • 1/2 tsp bicarb of soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Zest of 1/2 a medium orange (I left this out as I hadn’t got any oranges – but they still tasted lovely)
  • x2 175g Terry’s Chocolate Orange (350g in total)

I took 12 segments to decorate the tops of the cookies and whizzed up the rest of the chocolate orange in a food processor along with some milk chocolate – use to your discretion – as much or as little as you’d like 🙂

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 190C and line 2 baking sheets with baking parchment
  2. Mix together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. I used an electric hand whisk as it makes thing easier.
  3. Mix in the vanilla essence and the beaten egg
  4. Mix in the cocoa powder, flour, bicarb, baking powder and salt until a thick cookie paste is formed
  5. Whizz the chocolate pieces in a mixer or chop them up and add to the mixture with the orange zest and mix together
  6. Spoon the mixture onto the trays – making sure there is enough room for them to grow in the oven. I did 6 per tray as advised by Jane – about a tablespoon of mixture per cookie
  7. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes, then take them out of the oven, add a segment of chocolate on top and put back in the oven for 1-2 minutes
  8. Once baked remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly. I ate one when they were still warm and the chocolate went everywhere but it was totally worth it!

A big thank you to Jane for the recipe! These are gorgeous cookies – chocolate over load indeed 🙂 x