Monday, 23 December 2013

# 386 Christmas biscuits and Season's Greetings to you all

Wet and windy days are perfect baking days, don't you think?

Later today I'll be making a batch of these lovely Carrot cakes which are a traditional Christmas treat in Portugal and my favourite. Meanwhile while the rain falls heavily and the wind rages outside A. and I spent time decorating these biscuits with lots of icing.

I came across the recipe this morning while catching up on some blog reading, you can find it here in Portuguese or you can use the translated version below to make your own.

Christmas biscuits

100g butter, softened
290g plain flour
225g golden caster sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon gournd cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder

In a bowl mix all the dry ingredients.

In another bowl cream the butter and sugar, add 1 of the eggs and mix until well combined.

Add the dry ingredients to this mixture and mix until you have a smooth dough. Wrap it in clingfilm and keep in the fridge for 1 hour.

Beat the other egg. Lightly dust a work surface with flour, do the same with the rolling pin and roll out the dough. Cut out using any cookie cutters you want, brush the cut out dough with the beaten egg and bake in a pre-heated oven to 180 ºC for 5 to 10 minutes.

Cool slightly before removing the biscuits to a wire rack to cool completely. Decorate with icing and enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year


Saturday, 14 December 2013

# 385 Orange cake

I cannot believe it's almost a month since my last post, the last few weeks just seem to have flown by so quickly. Another volunteer and I have been going to crafts fairs to raise money for the library which has taken quite a lot of our time and then there's all the Christmas related things to do: writing the Christmas cards, posting or hand delivering them, wrapping the presents, putting the decorations up, etc.

Anyway, the other day I was reading this blog post about using leftover egg whites and remembered a cake I made sometime ago. What makes it different from other cakes is that instead of using whole eggs you only use egg whites. This is a very light cake with a lovely orange flavour and a great alternative to meringues next time you want to use up any leftover egg whites.

Hope you like this recipe.

Orange cake

250g caster sugar
190g flour + 1 teaspoon baking powder
125g butter, softened
8 egg whites
Juice of 1 orange (add the zest too if you want)

Preheat the oven to 180 ºC and grease and line a loaf tin with baking paper.

In a bowl whisk the egg whites to stiff peaks.

Cream the butter and sugar, then add the flour and juice of the orange and mix just until well combined. Gently fold in the egg whites and pour the mixture into the prepared tin.

Bake for 20-30 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

Remove the cake from the tin and cool on a wire rack.



PS - I also wanted to say, Blogger seems to be having problems with the links gadget so I cannot include a direct link to my most recent recipes as I used to. The recipes are still listed there but some don't gave a clickable link. I'm sorry about this but as I'm not technology savvy I cannot fix it.