Monthly Archives: August 2012

Bank holiday excitements

I love bank holidays. We get a whole other day off work, a three day weekend, and can do absolutely nothing guilt-free because there’s always the logic that “oh, it’ll be really busy because it’s a bank holiday”. I did make the mistake of driving from Kent to East London to South West London in rush hour on the Friday of a bank holiday. That was stupid. But I’ve had the whole weekend with the boyfriend and my new exciting purchases.

Yes, this is the real subject of this post. My new toys. A bike and a Kitchen Aid. They may both be second hand but I absolutely love them.

First up, Kitchen Aid. In a story that is so fitting for the 21st century, my boyfriend saw someone had retweeted an advert about a Kitchen Aid mixer for sale. He emailed it to me and I got the details from the Gumtree advert. I rang up Leona on the Monday, and collected it from East London on the Friday. Not only is it an awesome Kitchen Aid, she was also selling what can only be described as a haul of baking goodies. Muffin trays, cake tins, flan tins, icing nozzles, cooling rack, loaf tins and recipe books. I could not believe my eyes when I saw what she was selling and how much she wanted for it. Within about 20 minutes I was buying it from her. Thank you Leona for selling me this amazing machine! Leona runs a vintage online shop where she hand picks everything. Have a look at www.thrift-ola.com.

Obviously, I had to try out my new toy. It came with the KitchenAid cookbook, and the three mixing attachments. I proceeded to get very excited about all the other attachments you can get (a pasta machine!?). As we were staying in for dinner I decided to make pudding. And I am determined to master pastry. So a pastry pudding it was.

I attempted (attempt is definitely the right word) a Lemon Meringue Pie. I’ve never made one before, let alone a dairy free one. So I didn’t think I should blog it just yet until I can actually make it properly. It tastes wonderful, but I think my guestimation of how much water to use in the filling (the boyfriend does not seem to have a measuring jug in his house….) was a little off, which led to a slightly damp pie. There’s always next time….

Next up, the bike! My sister is about to start (another) university course based in London Bridge, she lives in Hammersmith. Therefore a new bike was a must (obviously?!) to cut down that commute time. So she invested in a very snazzy looking road bike, and I offered to buy her not so snazzy old bike. My move to London is creeping up on me so it’s about time I got a bike and got the hang of riding it. We checked out the route between my new home for the next year and my boyfriend’s house. And popped in to Evans to pimp my bike a bit, make it feel a bit more loved. A bottle holder, new handlebar grips and some over-ends did the trick! I am all set, look out south west London!

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Mint Chocolate Cupcakes (Dairy Free)

Yes you can have dairy free chocolate! Obviously not milk chocolate, the clue is in the name….. But dark and plain chocolate should be free from added butter and cream etc, just double check the ingredients and allergens advice. I used Waitrose plain chocolate, but they also sell completely dairy free chocolate in the special “free from” section if you want to be doubly safe. But enough about my shopping, this cupcake recipe was just adapted from my favourite chocolate cupcake recipe. You can still make these cupcakes with normal butter, I’m sure they’ll taste even better.

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Goat’s Butter Lemon Curd Cupcakes

At some point this week I stumbled upon goats butter. Someone in the blogosphere said it was good to bake with, is suitable for people with a lactose intolerance and is pretty good for people with IBS. I had to try this. It’s amazing the things you find in the supermarket when you’re actually looking. We’re always so busy we just race through picking up everything on the list and not even glancing at anything else. So there it was, beside the regular butter: goat’s butter.

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Dairy Free Coffee and Walnut Cake

Last week it was my boyfriend’s flatmate’s birthday, and his favourite cake is Coffee and Walnut cake. I really like making big layered cakes, and they’re actually a bit easier than cupcakes. This is another cake that you can just put it all in the mixer and leave it to it. I’ve previously posted about pound cakes, and this is based on the same principles. You just weigh your eggs, and measure out all the other ingredients to the same weight as the eggs. Simple! As a general guide, a 4 egg mix takes about 225g of each, and a 5 egg mix takes about 300g of each. I decided to go for a 5 egg mix, just because I’m greedy and I like big cakes.

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Dairy Free (and egg free) Banana cakes with cinnamon frosting

I’m trying out some more dairy free recipes, thanks to www.muddlingalongmummy.com for the dairy free inspiration! This recipe is adapted from her banana bread. The method is really easy, I found that the taste was spot on but the texture was a bit dense, a bit more experimentation needed.  You really can’t tell that they’re dairy free, plus they’re egg free, bonus! The frosting is dairy free too, and the texture is quite different from normal frosting, need to work on getting it  a bit stiffer, you can see how glossy it looks in the photos. But still, I’m very pleased with these little cakes and I just love banana bread 🙂

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