Ch…ch…ch…ch… Cherry Cake

20140210_203513Little Runaways reference there for you! I haven’t baked in ages and I really love having homemade cake in the house, just in case people pop in or we get a bit peckish so I made a lovely cherry loaf cake. Lovely and sweet, full of cherries and vanilla essence, this is my recipe for a thoroughly British cake.

You will need: 6oz self raising flour, 2 tablespoons madagascan vanilla, 6oz sugar, 6oz margarine, 2 eggs, 4 tablespoons milk, 2oz glace cherries (with some for decorating), 300g icing sugar (with a couple of teaspoons of warm water so it is thick and gloopy).

Preheat your oven to 200 degrees. First of all cream your margarine and sugar in a mixer. Add the eggs, 1 tablespoon vanilla essence and milk and blend together.  Chop your cherries into quarters and add the cherries to the mixture, making sure they are thoroughly combined in the mixture.photo 1  Sift in the flour and the baking powder and mix everything together. Line a loaf tin with greaseproof paper and spoon the mixture into the tin, popping a few half cherries into the top of the cake. photo 2Bake on the middle shelf for about half an hour. Once your cake is cooked, golden brown on the top and soft and squidgy in the middle. Turn out onto a plate. Mix up your icing in a measure jug and cover the top of your cake with it, I never worry about my cakes looking too neat, but I cut some cherries in half and covered the top with them which looks cute.20140210_202629

This cake is probably a bit too summery for Feburary but glace cherries are always a treat no matter the season! I’m not a fan of almonds but if you wanted to add them to put a Bakewell twist on it then feel free, just use less flour. Eat a big slice with a giant cup of tea and think about the summer!

Love, Mrs Gardom

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Goats Cheese, Mushroom and Caramelised Onion Quiche

20140202_184034I hate shop bought quiche, but I love my Grandma’s homemade quiche so I thought I’d try my hand at making my own. It’s sat in the oven now and it smells AWESOME! This is a jumble together of a few recipes, based on the contents of my fridge and cupboards – feel free to customize ingredients as you like!

You will need: 125g plain flour, 75g margarine, water, 2 small onions, balsamic vinegar, 125g soft goats cheese (cut off the rind if you have that variety), 100g mushrooms, 2 eggs, 150ml milk, olive oil, flan dish.

20140202_170312To make your pastry, pop the margarine and plain flour into a mixing bowl and rub together til it forms a breadcrumb like consistency Add 3 tablespoons of warm water and form the pastry into a ball. Put it in the fridge.20140202_173429Slice your onions into circles, fry in a little oil on a medium heat for 10 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar to the onions and cook for another 5 minutes. Slice your mushrooms and add them to the pan, cook for 10 minutes.20140202_174153While the onions are cooking preheat your oven to 180 degrees. Roll out the pastry so it will cover the flan dish and the edges. Bake this for 5 minutes in the oven.

20140202_173736Beat your eggs in a measuring jug, then add 150ml milk, mix it with a fork. Slice your goats cheese and then crumble it into the eggy milk mixture. Mix with a fork until it forms a thick creamy consistency. Take your onions and mushrooms off the heat and add to the mixture.20140202_174132

Take the flan dish out of the oven, pour the mixture into the pastry case and pop in the oven for 15  minutes. Turn down the heat and cook for another 30 minutes.20140202_174941Take your quiche out of the oven, slide a knife into the middle and check it comes out clean, it should be a golden brown colour on top. If the knife comes out wet, cook for another 5 minutes. Serve with a salad or just eat a slice for a nice lunch. This is a lovely dish, really nice flavours and a light texture.

Enjoy, Love Mrs Gardom

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