I saw this recipe posted by Adam Liaw (of Masterchef Australia fame) on Twitter and it looked stunning. Making a cake that separates when cooked into two layers, one with a delicious soft custard layer and another light and fluffy sponge layer is one that I had to try making. Though, I made a mistake of taking it out too early so that’s why there’s a few cracks but apart from that, it looked great and where dusting some icing sugar over it helps cover some of that up.
Orange Marmalade Custard Cake (adapted from Adam Liaw’s recipe on GoodFood.com.au)
Makes: One 20cm cake
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 1 hour
Passive Time: 2 hours
180g Orange Marmalade (1/2 cup)
125g Unsalted Butter, plus extra for greasing
4 Egg Yolks
4 Egg Whites
120g Caster Sugar
1 tbsp Cold Water
160g Plain Flour
500ml Full Cream Milk
1 tsp White Vinegar
50g Icing Sugar
1. Preheat oven to 160ºC and line a 20cm square cake tin.
2. In a small saucepan, combine the orange marmalade and unsalted butter and heat until the butter has just melted. Then set aside to cool slightly.
3. In a stand mixer, whisk the egg yolks and caster sugar until light and fluffy.
4. Add the tablespoon of cold water and melted butter mixture to the eggs and whisk until combined.
5. Add the plain flour to the mixture and mix on a slow speed until just incorporated.
6. Then add in the milk a bit at a time until the mixture is smooth.
7. Separately, whisk the egg whites to firm peaks and then add the vinegar to the egg whites, whisking until combined.
8. Fold half the egg whites into the marmalade mixture until just combined. Then fold in the remaining egg whites until just combined.
9. Transfer the mixture to the cake tin and then bake for 45 minutes or until the top is brown and the edges are well set. The cake should be very wobbly in the centre still. Cool to room temperature in the tin, then chill in the fridge for an additional 2 hours.
I made some salted caramel for some chocolate, salted caramel cookies that didn’t turn out too well (but tasted great) so I had plenty of salted caramel left in which I had no idea what to do with it. So onwards with my Googling (how did I live without it) and I found this interesting tart from BBC Good Food. It has all the ingredients for a great tart, crunchy hazelnuts, salted caramel, chocolate and a shortcrust tart. What else would you want?
Putting it shortly, the tart turned out great, with not too much work involved but it does take some time for cooling the salted caramel or the chocolate filling and the pastry itself. So this isn’t a recipe for those a bit short on time.
Have a look at the recipe and see my impressions below!
Chocolate, Hazelnut and Salted Caramel Tart (BBC Good Food)
Cook:45 mins – 50 mins plus cooling and chilling
50g blanched hazelnuts
200g plain flour
1 tbsp icing sugar
140g cold butter, diced
1 egg yolk
flour, for dusting
75g caster sugar
100ml double cream
1 tbsp golden syrup
large pinch sea salt flakes
Chocolate fudge filling
100g dark chocolate (70%)
2 large eggs, plus 1 yolk
25g caster sugar
1 tbsp cocoa
50g blanched hazelnuts, toasted and roughly chopped
1. To make the pastry, whizz the hazelnuts in a food processor until finely ground.
2. Add the flour, icing sugar and butter, and pulse until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
3. Add the egg yolk and 1-2 tbsp cold water, and pulse until the dough comes together. Tip the dough out and flatten into a disc, then wrap in cling film and chill for 30 mins.
4. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan forced/gas 4. On a floured surface, roll out the pastry to line a 23cm loose-bottomed, deep tart tin. Trim the edges and prick the base with a fork, then line with baking parchment and fill with baking beans.
5. Bake for 20 mins, then carefully remove the baking beans and parchment and bake for a further 5-10 mins until light golden. Allow to cool.
6. Meanwhile, make the salted caramel. Tip the sugar into a small pan, add 1-2 tbsp water and heat gently to dissolve the sugar. Increase the heat and cook until the sugar turns to an ambercoloured caramel.
7. Reduce the heat and add the butter, cream and golden syrup, and stir until the sauce is smooth and thickened. Remove from the heat and add the salt.
10. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, egg yolk and caster sugar for about 6 mins until thick and pale.
11. Fold in the melted chocolate and cocoa, then pour into the tart case.
12. Transfer to a baking sheet and cook for 20-25 mins or until set and the top has formed a crust. Allow to cool to room temperature before serving in slices.
Mocha Whipped Cream (Joy of Baking)
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons (35-50 grams) granulated white sugar, or to taste
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (regular or Dutch processed)
1 teaspoon instant coffee powder or espresso powder
1 cup (240 ml) cold heavy whipping cream
3. Then add the rest of the cream and beat just until stiff peaks form. If not using immediately, cover and refrigerate. Makes about 2 cups (480 ml) whipped cream.
This chocolate, hazelnut and salted caramel tart is stunning. The salted caramel just oozes out when the tart is still warm, and you have a moist chocolate layer on top and a generous amount of hazelnuts in the middle.
I had leftover full cream so I decided to create my own whipped cream, and I thought of making it coffee/mocha flavoured just for something a bit different and it turned out amazing with the tart. The bitterness of the whipped cream but with a coffee hit with the buttery rich tart works exceptionally well together.
It’s not a particularly thick tart, but I think it works better that way so it doesn’t seem overwhelmingly rich. Overall, I love this recipe, not too sweet as I reduced the sugar for the whipped cream and chocolate filling, and also slightly for the salted caramel too. The salted caramel provides all the necessary sweetness and it really does its work in making it a delicious tart.
After coming back from a holiday in the USA and Canada, I became a larger fan of Mexican cuisine. On our way to the Grand Canyon we found this family Mexican restaurant that had really good (and absolutely filling) dishes. Of course for starters we had guacamole, and it was beautiful. So tasty, had a nice hint of lime, and coriander but not overbearing and letting the avocado shine. So when I came back to Australia I though what they hey, let’s try making it. I found this recipe on Good Food by Neil Perry that looked nice and fresh but I made some variations to it below.
1/2 small red onion
3 jalapeno chillies, seeds removed
1/2 bunch coriander, leaves only,
sea salt and freshly ground pepper
3 ripe avocados
juice of 2 limes
8 cherry tomatoes, roughly chopped
corn chips, to serve
1. Finely chop the onion, chillies and coriander leaves.
2. Place in a mortar with a generous amount of sea salt and pound with a pestle until you have a rough paste.
3. Peel, stone and halve the avocados and add to the mortar, pounding until they start to mash.
4. Add the lime juice and a good grind of pepper and fold through.
5. Add the cherry tomatoes and fold through gently. (I didn’t)
Note: If the mortar is an attractive granite one, serve the guacamole straight out of that, with a bowl of corn chips.
I actually didn’t have any jalapeño chillies so instead I used red chillies but I think I used the small type which are more on the mouth burning hot kind. Luckily I used only one very tiny chilli with the seeds out so it wasn’t too bad. I didn’t add the tomatoes either because I thought it might be nice to try it held back and simple.
I found the recipe to be decent, not anywhere to the level of the ones I’ve found on holiday but I think it was also because I used too much coriander! It asks for half a bunch, which I did use but it was so overbearing that I had to add another avocado to the mix to balance it out. I’d probably only use a a 1/8 cup at first and keep adding a bit more to your liking. It still wasn’t how I wanted it in the end because I ran out of avocados to mix in, haha, but it tasted pretty good with corn chips (and beer). I think it was also because the avocados I purchased weren’t ripe yet, as they were still a tad hard when extracting them from the skin and had very minimal flavour.
If you’re looking for a guacamole recipe with a slight twist and zing, I think this is it. For something more authentic, I think it’s best to keep looking.