Tag Archives: from scratch

Rum and raisin Christmas spirit cake

18 Dec

christmas-spirit-rum-raisin-cake

I am not a fan of fruit cake. There, I said it. I know it is a tradition, especially at Christmas time, but I find fruit cake heavy and cloying and overbearing. I once made a Christmas cake from scratch, spending the GDP of a small nation on pricey dried and glace fruit. It went pretty much untouched on Christmas Day, and after storing in the pantry for a month or so I ended up throwing it out.

Never again. Continue reading

Crazy easy brownies

29 Sep

crazy-easy-brownies-recipe

Hey all! Just a short post today as its my birthday! I’m quickly popping this recipe up before heading out to lunch with my fam. Continue reading

Caramel peach cake

19 Sep

caramel-peach-cake

Do you ever look in the pantry and think, how did that get there? I did that this morning – looking for something or another I was stopped in my tracks by a behemoth of a tin of canned peaches. Why?  Continue reading

Grand Marnier strawberry clafoutis

8 Sep

 

grand-marnier-strawberry-clafouti

Many moons ago, when The Hungry Dad and I were on our honeymoon, we discovered a dessert that our hotel offered as part of their breakfast buffet. Clafoutis, a simple raspberry-and-egg-type-baked-custard dish, was part of the offering each day. And each day a certain newly-minted husband consumed his body weight in it. Continue reading

Home-made Kingston biscuits

1 Sep

Homemade Kingston biscuits

Oh, the memories that come flooding back when I think about Kingston biscuits! Growing up, these shop-bought biscuits – or cookies, for my American friends – were the fanciest thing ever. I remember having them at my grandparents house. The chocolatey filling was the best bit – so rich and luxurious – to a child at least. Continue reading

Strawberry, lemon curd and coconut loaf cake

29 Aug

strawberry, lemon curd and coconut loaf cake

I love baking loaf cakes. There is something so homely and humble about this style of cake, which lends itself to countless flavours. Continue reading

Lemon poppyseed cake recipe

18 Aug

lemon poppyseed loaf cake

After a yet another raid on my mother-in-law’s lemon trees I knew a citrus cake would be in order. These lemons she grows are unlike anything I’ve ever bought: juice, plump and plenty of gorgeous flesh just begging to be grated into a sweet treat.

We have planted several citrus trees but they didn’t get the memo that they are actually meant to produce fruit. Instead they are barren, spindly looking things that need to have a long, hard look at themselves

This lemon poppyseed cake is always a hit, wherever it goes. I’ve made it many, many times and even non-cake eaters always want a slice.

I was inspired by the recipe in my beloved but now MIA cookbook Australian Women’s Weekly’s Quick Mix Cakes. Without this book I am bereft. I vaguely recall lending it to someone but I can’t recall who. If it was you, please boomerang it back J

I dust my cake with icing sugar but feel free to top with cream cheese icing – get the recipe here: https://thehungrymum.com/2015/05/14/donna-hay-carrot-cake-with-cream-cheese-frosting/ – or your favourite citrus-scented frosting.

 GATHER:

185g diced butter at room temperature

Grated rind of one large or two smaller lemons

3 eggs

2 cups self-raising flour

¾ cup of milk

20g poppy seeds

¾ cup caster sugar

 lemon poppyseed cake - The Hungry Mum

LET’S GET TO IT:

Preheat oven to 170C. Line a large loaf pan with non-stick baking paper.

Place all ingredients, except the seeds, into the bowl of an electric mixer and blend on low speed until all combined. Increase speed until mixture is smooth. Stir in seeds with a spoon.

Scrape into pan and gently smooth the surface with a palette knife.

Bake for 45 minutes/until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

Cool in tin for 10 minutes, then remove from tin and cool cake completely on wire rack.

Dust with icing sugar before serving.

lemon poppyseed cake