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Porter Cake

I have a friend who loves cake and ale. There was only one cake that came to mind for her birthday; a Porter Cake. Yum.

Porter Cake

Ingredients

  • 175g butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 450g raisins
  • Grated zest (on the large setting) of 2 medium oranges and juice 1.5 oranges
  • 175g soft brown sugar
  • 200ml Sainsbury’s London Porter
  • 1tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 3 beaten medium eggs
  • 300g plain flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ginger

For the topping

  • 2 tbsp flaked almonds
  • 2 tbsp Demerara sugar

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 150C/fan 130C. Butter and line the base and sides of two tin loafs. Put the butter, raisins, orange zest and juice, sugar and porter in a large pan. Bring slowly to the boil, stirring until the boil, stirring until the butter has dissolved, then simmer for 10 mins.
  2. Cool for 10 mins, then stir in the bicarbonate of soda. The mixture will foam up.
  3. Stir the eggs into the pan, then sift in the flour and spice and mix well. Pour into the prepared tins, smooth the top with the back of a spoon and sprinkle with the flaked almonds and demerara sugar. Bake for 1 hour and cool in the tin for 15 mins, then turn out and cool on a wire rack.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY WEATHERBANTS

Present

Inspired by the BBC good food recipe:  http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/user/138098/recipe/porter-cake


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Cauliflower Rice

It is all the rage right now – Cauliflower Rice. Initially I was not sold. But we had a sad cauliflower in the fridge that we had neglected to plan into a meal so we decided to give in to the trend! It is really really tasty! If you are trying a low-carb diet or just want to look to reduce your calorie in take you should give it a go. I once watched a TV programme that said the cauliflower was in decline as the average household only eats one a year – so you are also helping the cauliflower farmers. Give it a go…1 cauliflower feeds two people…

Cauliflower Rice

Ingredients

  • A cauliflower
  • 1 x dessert spoon of cumin
  • a pinch of chilli powder
  • 1/2 a dessert spoon of coriander
  • olive oil

Instructions

  1. Grate the cauliflower (you can also grate the stalk)
  2. Transfer to a bowl and add the spices and cover in oil – mix well
  3. Line a flat tray with a sheet of baking paper
  4. Spread it out to a thin, even layer
  5. Roasted the ‘rice’ at 200C for 15 minutes, mixing it in the tray halfway through cooking
  6. Serve up!

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