Tag Archives: Nigella Lawson

5 ingredient instant chocolate mousse – no eggs!

6 Aug

egg-free chocolate mousse recipe

Regular readers will know how precious I am about my eggs and when Sydney’s free range egg availability ground to a halt recently due to new labelling laws I was in panic mode. When you bake as often as I do eggs are essential. Continue reading

Burnt butter brown sugar cupcakes

26 Oct

Burnt butter brown sugar cupcakes

Until you have tried burnt butter, either as a sweet or savoury dish, you cannot imagine how wonderful it tastes.

Simple kitchen alchemy transforms it into a creation heavenly enough to eat with a spoon – although don’t tell your cardiologist I said that.

Burning your butter is an easy peasy way to elevate baked goods into rich, decadent treats. These burnt butter brown sugar cupcakes are sophisticated enough to serve at an adult party – no sprinkles or food colouring here. Miss9 highly rated them, saying they were light and fluffy and less sweet than my usual vanilla cupcake recipe.

Serve these cupcakes au naturel, with a dusting of icing sugar, or a smothering of my all-purpose chocolate ganache – see below. This recipe was adapted from Nigella Lawson’s iconic ‘How To Be A Domestic Goddess.’

Burnt butter & brown sugar cupcakes

GATHER:

150 grams unsalted butter, diced

1 cup self-raising flour

just over ¼ cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons of milk

Burnt butter brown sugar cupcakes. The Hungry Mum.

LET’S GET TO IT:

Preheat oven to 180C and line a 12-hole cupcake pan with wrappers (my batch only made 11).

In a small pan over low heat stir the butter frequently until it turns dark golden – this will take some time but don’t walk away or you will end up with a ruined pan and butter that will end u p in the bin. When it starts foaming like crazy is when you when to remove it from the heat.

Place all ingredients into a food processor and whiz until combined – it is quite a thick batter.

Spoon into the pans and bake for 16 minutes / until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

CHOCOLATE GANACHE:

In a small saucepan over low heat melt 125g dark chocolate [broken into chunks] with 1/2 cup pouring cream. Stir until melted, thick and glossy. Allow to stand 15 minutes until thick. Use knife to spread over cakes.

The Hungry Mum Burnt butter brown sugar cupcakes

Nigella Lawson love heart cut-out cookies for Valentine’s Day

10 Feb

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In Australia Valentine’s Day is just a minor blip on the calendar, not the huger than huge occasion it is in the US. Nonetheless it gives me a perfect excuse to dust off my heart-shaped cutters and to create something sweet. Continue reading

Nigella Lawson French cake – Gateau Breton

26 May

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Many, many moons ago, when I was an unfortunate-looking teenager, my dad went on a holiday to France. My envy was palpable – growing up in a run-of-the-mill Sydney suburb all one ever heard about France was the chicness of the population, the deliciousness of the food and the classic style of the clothing. Continue reading

Nigella Lawson rosemary loaf cake

17 Oct

 

Nigella Lawson  rosemary  loaf cake

Our rosemary bush is a beast of a thing – large, unwieldy but capable of producing the most fragrant and delicious tasting leaves. No matter how much we use or give away there is always more, more, more taking over our herb garden.

 

Looking for another way to use it I stumbled across the mistress of original cooking concepts, Nigella Lawson. My well-thumbed copy of ‘How To Be A Domestic Goddess’ provided the answer with this luscious cake. Continue reading

Nigella Lawson easy salted caramel sauce

10 Apr

This recipe is The Bomb. It is quick, requires a handful of ingredients, will rock your world and impress everyone who is lucky enough to sample even a drop of it. This sauce requires real, lux salt, not the nasty table salt that you can buy in massive pantry packs. Nigella has shown us again why she is the queen of all things decadent and divine with this recipe. Serve this with vanilla ice cream for a show stopper dessert. Add the salt in increments & taste as you go.

With thanks to Anna Warr [http://www.facebook.com/AnnaWarrPhotography] for her delish snaps.

GATHER:

50g brown sugar

50g caster sugar

50mL golden syrup

125mL double cream

75g  unsalted butter, cubed

half to one-and-a-half teaspoons best quality salt [I use pink Murray River salt]

LET’S GET TO IT:

Melt butter, sugars and syrup in a small heavy pan and simmer for two to three minutes. Swirl, don’t stir, occasionally.

Slowly pour in cream and half a teaspoon of the salt and stir before tasting. Add a little more salt at a time if you desire.

Pour into serving jug and watch your guests drool.