Sunday, 27 January 2019

Mediocre Meringue

It was good, but it didn't look as good as this.......

4 egg whites
240g sugar (being 120g caster sugar & 120g icing sugar)
1 teaspoon cornflour
1 teaspoon vinegar (if you dare - I didn't - maybe that's why it didn't look like a mountain range?)

Beat the egg whites for a long long time until they are so stiff you can turn the bowl upside down above your head without worrying if they will fall out or not.

Gently stir in the caster sugar,  a spoonful at a time, and then fold in the icing sugar mixed with cornflour.

Think about adding the vinegar.  If you do it, let me know what happens.

Spoon over whatever it is that you are baking - for us it was baked apples but it could be a lemon pie or anything else.

Bake in a lukewarm oven (50 degrees c)  for a very long time - say an hour and a half.

Serve and enjoy.

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Easy Peasy Soda Bread

Soda Bread - Christmas 2018

Preheat oven to 200 degrees celcius and prepare a greased baking sheet

40g shortening (I used lard, but butter or marg should be fine)
50g rolled oats
450g whole meal flour
1 tsp salt
2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp cream of tartar / baking powder
1 tsp caster sugar
1 tablespoon honey
450 ml of buttermilk 
  1. In a bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients and rub in the shortening

  2. Make a well in the centre 

  3. Separately, mix together the buttermilk and honey

  4. Pour the buttermilk mixture into the well in the centre of the dry ingredients

  5. With hands, fold and gently knead into a soft dough

  6. Form the dough into a round on a baking sheet.  The less kneading the better.

  7. Score a cross into the dough.  

  8. Dust gently with flour 

  9. Bake for 50 mins

 As encouraged by Alan and supported by John!