I'm going slightly stir crazy, stuck in a funny position with my back and doing a lot of grumbling with the accompanying sciatica. I'm absolutely allergic to daytime telly, awful rubbish that it is, and I don't read fiction so am spending time planning how to do what I need to do and then having a lie down after to recover.
Anyway, moans over, the baking mood overtook me the other night and I inadvertently made a World Cup cake, aka coffee cake (Brazil, coffee? Tenuous linky!). It went down well.
I really couldn't find a coffee cake recipe I liked the look at when I wanted to make this one ages ago, so I made it up. Here's how I do it.
Take 3 eggs, weigh them and match their weight with sr flour, sugar (I usually use white but mixed demerera and white this time) and baking fat of your choice, I use Stork for baking. Cream fat and sugar together then add eggs and flour until combined. Add two tablespoons of Camp coffee, mix it in. Divide mixture between two greased 7 inch cake tins and bake at 190 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and cool. Meanwhile, blend icing sugar, butter and a little water and one tablespoon of Camp coffee to make the filling. Assemble cake when cool and dust with a little icing sugar. Enjoy, we did!
Talking of food, I spotted these in the garden today, just in time for Wimbledon!
Might have to dust off the ice cream maker as well!
I hope some of the elderflower champagne might be ready for Wimbledon too. I've been de-fizzing the bottles daily, don't want any exploding this year. Makes a delightful pffft noise but releases an odd pong, kitchen smells a bit!
Found more raspberries too, next to my favourite bench
which always has chickens under it, until you sit down
then they come and join you! Thankfully they haven't spotted the raspberries yet, there's quite a few ready now.
I've been for a walk today and it felt great, so I'm heading off for a longer walk tomorrow and hopefully to the local charity shops. Fingers crossed there are some great lightweight bargains with my name on them!