2 Ingredient Cake!

SONY DSCYes, you read it correctly. 2 ingredients! A cake with 2 ingredients; it’s like magic. I always said to myself that if I ever found a recipe with just 2 ingredients I would make it all the time, so now I really am going to have to… I’ve heard about 2 ingredient recipes before and got really excited, only to find that one of the ingredients is a type of cake mix only available in America, which was very annoying! So when I saw this one, my immediate reaction was that it was just another unattainable cake. How wrong I was!

You’re probably wondering what the 2 ingredients are: nutella and eggs. That is it, so simple! Technically you could say nutella isn’t an ingredient as it is a combination of different things, but it is easily available and we can just pretend for now! The secret to creating a tasty cake is how long you whip the eggs for. They need to triple in volume, or the cake will just collapse and you’ll end up with a nutella omelette, yum… As there are so few ingredients, it is incredibly important to follow the steps exactly and not to cut any corners, or it probably will not work. More than ever with this cake, ingredients need to be weighed out really accurately.

Ingredients:

4 large or extra large eggs

235g Nutella

1. Grease a 6 or 7 inch round springform pan. Then line with parchment paper on sides and on bottom. Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Beat eggs on highest speed with stand mixer until about triple in volume, about 6 minutes. The egg consistency is the key to making this recipe work, so don’t try to save time on this step. Eggs must be beaten until triple in volume as that is what creates the cake. If you don’t have a stand mixer you could use a hand held whisk, however you would need to be really careful that the volume triples! Unfortunately this step is not possible with a hand whisk, however strong you are!

2. Microwave Nutella for about 20 seconds to make it softer. Add in 1/3 of the egg mixture. Gently stir with a spatula until all of the egg is mixed in and no streaks remain. Then add another 1/3 of egg mixture and fold again until no egg streaks remain. Pour in remaining third and make sure to scrape the foam that sticks to the mixing bowl into the batter and stir until no streaks remain. Make sure to do this in 3 batches because otherwise the whipped eggs may lose too much of the air that has been whipped into them if you try to do it all at once. The mixture may become really thick at the beginning, but keep stirring and you should find it comes together.

3. Pour batter into springform pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes until knife inserted comes out clean. Let cake cool completely before removing from pan and cutting and serving. It will collapse when it comes out of the oven, but it tastes so good this doesn’t matter!

People honestly could not believe that this was only 2 ingredients! I recommend trying it, and let me know how it goes!

 

 

 

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Pesto and Tomato Bites and Bacon and Chedder Straws

2 in one post, I only took 1 picture so here are both recipes in one :b

I made these both for our family Christmas Eve party, everyone seemed to love them, and my dad is slightly crazy about them!

The pesto squares are my own recipe, and the bacon straws are a wonderful Lorraine Pascale recipe, find at :http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/bacon_and_mature_cheddar_58920

Pesto Squares (makes about 20)

1 jar or a good amount of homemade pesto

20 cherry tomatos, sliced in half

1 block of ready made puff pastry

100g chedder, grated

1 egg, to brush

1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Roll out the puff pastry to about 1 cm thick

2. Cut into equal squares

3. Place squares on baking tray and prick the centres with a fork to stop them puffing up

4. Spoon 1 tsp of pesto onto each square and spread it around, then top with the cherry tomatoes. Sprinkle the cheese on the top.

5. Bake for 15-20 mins or until golden.

Chocolate Marshmallow Whoopie Pies

I made my first whoopie pie when I was about 12 and they were the ‘new craze’. I had no marshmallow fluff so the filling was properly sad and they were very strange. There are 2 things that put me off making them.

1. They have plain yoghurt in. Now I like yoghurt, but they don’t sell it in the corner shop and we never just have it in the fridge so it means I have to be organised. I’m not organised. So I never have the right ingredients…

2.They have a ridiculous name. I’m sorry, but which creative person made up the name ‘whoopie pie’? Its not even a pie! It annoys me no end. Some one eats one and asks what they are, how stupid do you sound saying, ‘oh its a whoopie pie’. One of my pet hates. Such a stupid name for an awesome food. The spell checker won’t even accept it, that’s how rubbish it is.

Moans aside, this attempt was so much better. Almost cookie like, soft centred cake sandwiched together with fluffy marshmallow cream. So yummy, took them to youth group and had to hoover up the crumbs but it was worth it 😉

I found marshmallow fluff so hard to come by, I can’t believe they don’t sell it in normal UK supermarkets! I think the should…

For the Sponge

1 large egg

150g (5.5ozs) Caster Sugar

125g (4.5ozs) Plain yoghurt

25ml (1fl oz) whole milk

¼ tsp vanilla essence ( I used extract)

75g (2.5oz) melted unsalted butter

200g (7oz) Plain Flour

80g (3oz) Cocoa Powder

¾  tsp bicarbonate of soda

¼ tsp baking powder

Filling

170g (6oz) unsalted butter

280g (10oz) icing sugar

220g (8oz) vanilla marshmallow fluff

Method

1/ Using a mixer cream the egg and sugar until fluffy. Pour the milk, yoghurt and vanilla essence into a bowl and mix together. Then add this mixture in with the beaten egg an sugar. Finally add in the melted butter and mix in thoroughly.

2/ Sift together the remaining dry ingredients, and then to the creamed mixture and mix well on a medium speed.

3/ Now place the batter mix in the fridge to rest for 20-30 minutes.

4/ Pre-heat the oven to 170C (325F), Gas Mark 3 and cover two baking trays with baking parchment.

4/ Once rested, spoon or pipe onto the baking trays making 8-10 mounds per tray. These need to be 2-3 cm spaced apart and around 3 -5 cm in diameter.

5/ Bake for 10-13 minutes or until they spring back when touched.

6/ Remove from the trays and place on a wire rack. They need to be completely cool before adding any filling to them.

7/ To make the filling mix the butter and icing sugar together using a hand whisk or standing mixer.  Once this is blended add the marshmallow fluff and then mix on a high speed until the mixture is light and fluffy. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes as this will firm up the mixture slightly.

8/ To sandwich the pies, take one sponge and spread a tablespoon of filling on one flat side. Follow this with sticking another sponge, flat side down onto the filling to make a sandwich. Continue this process to make the other whoopee pies.

Mint Lamb Burgers

Today I made dinner, Mint Lamb Burgers with lemon sour cream dip and pea shot and baby leave salad. Really tasty.

None of my amounts are fixed so feel free to add or leave out anything

Serves 5 with 2 left overs that can be frozen.

You will need:

800g minced lamb

A few mint leaves

1 1/2 lemons, squeezed

Salt and pepper

Dried chilli flakes

1 teaspoon mint sauce

1 very small onion or shallot (optional), chopped

Flour, for dusting

5 burger buns

1 bag mixed pea shoot and baby leaves salad, or make your own with pea shoots and baby leaves

200ml Sour cream

1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Put the Lamb, Mint, Mint Sauce, Onion, the juice of half a lemon, Salt, Pepper and a pinch of chilli flakes into a large bowl and squidge it with your fingers until the mixture stays together.

2. Dust a chopping board or work surface with flour and empty the contents of the bowl, roll into a log shape, and slice evenly into 6 or 7 rounds.

3. Dust each one with flour and arrange on a baking tray. Bake for about 25 minutes or until the burgers are slightly browned on top.

4. To make the lemon sour cream, squeeze half a lemon into a bowl and add the sour cream. Season to taste.

5. Wash the salad and toss it in lemon juice and chilli flakes.

I made up this recipe although it is based on other ideas.