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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Wimbledon's Favourite - Strawberry Romanoff Recipe

It's Wimbledon and I'm loving every minute of it. Of course I'm watching it through the internet live at Wimbledon and ESPN. This is one time I am glad of the technology that's out there. It's great to see my son totally enjoying it along with me and also my husband, although I do believe any sport is appealing to him :)

As Wimbledon is on pretty much every day this week, I decided it's time to pull out the strawberries and cream!

Here's a great and easy recipe for you to enjoy

Strawberry Romonoff 
1lb (450g) Strawberries, halved
1/2 Orange, juiced
1/4tsp Grand Marnier (optional)
8oz (250ml) Heavy whipping cream, whipped to soft peaks

Cut strawberries and place in a bowl. Squeeze the juice of half an orange over them and add the grand marnier, if using. Let marinate for 15 minutes or more.

Meanwhile whip the cream to soft peaks. You can add a 1 tbsp of confectioner's sugar/icing sugar if you like, although I never do.

Serve and enjoy!!

Have a great Wimbledon weekend. Stay tuned for more fun recipes and wimbledon treats!!

Sugar & Spice, Hannah~

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Rainbow Cake

I decided to have some fun with my kids and make rainbow cake the natural way! It was an experiment and one that I'll never attempt again. My whole kitchen was covered in spinach, beetroot, raspberry, blueberry, blackberry and carrot puree and it took a long time cooking, blending and sieving the different ingredients to try and get the colours I wanted. They still didn't turn out the way I wanted them and if ever asked to make this cake again I'll use the ready made dyes.

The kids had fun in the beginning, but towards the end was just wondering when they could eat it. We made red with raspberries (a lot of them as it was purple at first), Orange with carrots, yellow with egg yolks, green with spinach, blue with blueberries (a lot of them!), violet and indigo (which actually looks like the same colour and more like a pale purple) with a combination of raspberries and blackberries.

At first we used beetroot to make red and the batter was an incredible colour. I was so looking forward to see what it would look like and in my mind visualized a vibrant colour red. Only to my surprise it came out like this!!! I have no idea what happen.

I have a lot of cake now in my freezer, (all expect the beetroot cake as I threw it away) waiting to be made into cake balls or cake pops as we made so many different colours that didn't quite turn out right. In the end I gave up and made the cake with the nearest colours to the rainbow as I could.

I did discover this blog Rainbow Cake that made rainbow cake with natural dyes in case you wanted to experiment yourself. If you do attempt it let me know how it turns out as I'd love to know, but I'm not about to try it myself after my mess up!!

Have fun
Sugar & Spice, Hannah~

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Hot Cross Bun Recipe

I awoke early yesterday morning to make my dear husband one of his favourite things. Hot Cross Buns!! OK, OK I know it's not Easter, but I really couldn't resist making them. The ohhs and ahhs are totally worth it. Of course I left off the crosses.

It is one of the best recipes I have made and is now a lot easier now I have a bread machine. If you don't have one you can still make this recipe, you'll just use more elbow grease!

Hot Cross Buns
550g/1lb3oz Strong White Bread Flour
1/2tsp salt
50g/2oz Butter, cut into pieces
7g/2tsp yeast
2tsp ground mixed spice/apple pie spice
50g/2oz golden caster sugar
275g/9fl oz warm milk
2 eggs, beaten
200g/8oz mixed dried fruit or 4oz each of golden raisins and raisins
1 lemon zest, grated
1 lemon zest & 1 orange zest, pealed
1tbsp white sugar


1. Warm milk in microwave for about 1 minute. Add beaten egg and pour into bread machine.Add cut butter, sugar and salt.

2. Add flour and in the center make a little well/hole to place the yeast in. (make sure the yeast does not touch the liquid. Add mixed spice or apple pie spice, if in America and 1 lemon zest, grated.

3. Set the bread machine on to dough setting.

4. Whilst the dough is kneading peel the zest of 1 lemon and 1 orange and chop finely.

5. Place in a pan with 1tbsp of sugar and a small amount of water (about 2tbsp) Bring to a boil and take off the heat adding the mixed fruit

6. If your bread machine beeps when it's time to add additional ingredients then go ahead and add the mixed fruit with citrus peel. Mine does not have the added beep, but around 58 minutes left then I add my additional ingredients, giving the machine about 6 minutes to mix before allowing the dough to rest and rise for the rest of the time.

7. Once the dough is risen, my machine takes a total of 1hr 20mins, grease a baking tray with oil and make bun/cob shapes. Cover with a tea towel and let them rise in a warm place for an additional 30mins or until doubled in size.

8. Once doubled in size, place into a preheated over at 200C/400F for 10-15minutes

9. Whilst still warm, cut and butter and enjoy with an wonderful cup of tea!

Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do!

If you would like the "elbow grease" recipe let me know and I'll post it up.

Sugar & Spice, Hannah~