I wrote this piece for The Telegraph Newspaper last weekend. 6 terrific family friendly recipes to cook with your kids this summer holidays. Let me know how you get on.
This is a terrific cake for lunchboxes as it will keep well for at least 3 – 5 days. Use any stone fruit you like. Lavender is a classic match for apricots.
175g butter, melted
175g caster sugar
175g self raising flour
175g plain Greek yoghurt
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp. baking powder
3 or 4 apricots, stoned & cut into 6
2 or 3 heads of lavender, flowers picked off stalk
Juice of 1 small lemon
1.Preheat the oven to 180º
2.Mix the melted butter with the sugar in a mixing bowl.
3.Add the eggs and the yoghurt, mix well.
4.Add the flour and baking powder, mix well.
5.Pour the batter into a greased 20cm cake tin. I used a Bundt tin, but you don’t have to.
6.Arrange the apricots on top of the cake.
7.Bake in the oven for 35 – 40 minutes until a skewer comes clean.
8.Meanwhile make syrup, boil lemon juice & additional sugar until syrupy, 3 - 5 minutes.
9.Drench the cooked cake with the syrup and add the lavender flowers.
10.Cool in tin for 20 minutes before slicing.
Since so many of you asked...
So many of you asked for the recipe, Matt made these with Dot at the weekend & they’ve been going strong in lunch boxes all week. I froze them on the day they were made & wrap loosely in brown paper to defrost in their lunchboxes throughout the week.
I try & keep sugar levels down, and these have 200g but divided by x12, I’m ok with these as a lunchbox midday treat.
Now I’ve finished up on 4th book, New Kitchen Basics, I might log additional recipes on here from time to time.
Keep me posted how you get on.
Makes about 10 – 12 muffins
125g dark rye flour
125g plain flour
80g cocoa powder
2 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. bicarbonate of soda
½ tsp. salt
2 eggs + 1 egg yolk
200g caster sugar
125ml veg oil
Good pinch of ground cinnamon, ginger or cardamon
350g sour cream or use crème fraiche
200g chopped dark chocolate, use milk chocolate if you prefer
1.Preheat the oven to 190ºC
2.In a bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, spice and salt.
3.Using an electric mixer beat the eggs and sugar together until pale and thick.
4.Add the oil and beat well to incorporate.
5.Using a spoon or spatula, add the sour cream and mix to incorporate.
6.Add the dry ingredients and mix to incorporate, don’t over work the mixture from now.
7.Add ¾ of the chopped chocolate, mix lightly.
8.Pour the mix into well greased muffin tins and top with remaining chocolate pieces.
9.Cook for 10 minutes in preheated oven, and then reduce the heat to 170ºC and cook for a further 5 – 10 minutes until a skewer comes clean when inserted into the centre of the muffin.
10.Cool in the tin for at least 10 minutes before removing.
11.Stored in a tin, these muffins will keep well for 3 days. Alternatively, freeze on the day of baking and defrost as needed.
Vegan by accident. The coconut milk works as alchemy in this cake batter. I’ve found this cake eats even better the next day. I ended up with too many recipes for the lemon chapter in my new book, New Kitchen Basics, this one was surplus, but it’s a very good surplus!
250g self raising flour
150g caster sugar, plus more to sprinkle
Big pinch of salt
½ tsp cardamon
200ml full fat coconut milk
100ml vegetable or melted coconut oil
Zest and juice of two lemons
Heat oven to 180C. Prepare a 23cm cake tin with greaseproof paper.
First, mix the dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
Whisk together the milk, oil and lemon juice and zest. Add the wet mixture to the dry and stir ingredients together gently until well combined.
Pour the batter into the prepared tin and sprinkle with a good pinch of sugar. You can add a couple of thin slices of extra lemon to cook on top if you like as decoration? Bake for about 30 - 35 minutes to cook, until a skewer comes clean when inserted in the middle.
Cool for at least 15 minutes in the tin before turning out.
Pembrokeshire. Half term.
I don’t blog. But I might make a start. My friend Liz is selling her house in Pembrokeshire. 30 mins from the beach & what beaches they are! Falling in love with this stretch of coastline. Grace, Ivy & Dot... homesteaders all 3.