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Hey guys! Hope you are all well! Thought we would give a very quick and easy recipe for you! If you are short on time and want to whip up something quickly, let it set in the fridge while you get ready!

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You will need…..
3 lemons
500ml cream
150g caster sugar
Some strawberries, mint and toasted almonds to garnish!

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Put cream in a saucepan with the zest and juice of the lemons, bring to the boil! Remove from heat and leave for 30minutes.
Pass through a fine sieve into a saucepan, add sugar and boil for exactly 5 minutes!

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Pour into a pretty little dish, or glasses which look fantastic! And chill, overnight for a better result!

Garnish with strawberries, toasted almonds and shredded mint!

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Enjoy!

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Hummingbird Cake

IMGP0935We hope you are all keeping well. We are having a lovely summer here in Auckland. Sorry we have not been around much due to family visits and commitment to work. Here is our take on Hummingbird cake, from the U.S.A, a cake that has only been on the cake scene over the past 35 years! Right, here we go guys & girls,

this is what you will need for the cake:IMGP0839 3 1/4 cups self raising flour

1 1/2 cups caster sugar

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground ginger

3 eggs lightly beaten

300ml canola oil

220g tin of crushed pineapple

2 cups of crushed banana (approx. 4 bananas)

1 cup of pecan nuts, toasted and coarsely chopped

1 cup long thread coconut

For the vanilla cream cheese icing:

125g unsalted butter, at room temperature

175g full fat cream cheese

3 1/2 cups icing sugar, sifted

1 teaspoon good quality vanilla extractIMGP0895 you will also need a cake tin, we used a 22cm, which we borrowed from our lovely neighbor Molly (we haven’t made our millions yet), baking paper, nice big mixing bowl, measurement cups and a  skewer to check if the little beauty is cooked and a mixer! Lets get cracking! Preheat your oven to 180c, butter and line your cake tin with baking paper. Sift the flour ginger and cinnamon into a big mixing bowl, add sugar and mix.IMGP0847 Add eggs, oil and pineapple and mix gently till all combined.IMGP0851IMGP0853IMGP0855 Add banana followed by the coconut and pecan nuts and fold. IMGP0859IMGP0868IMGP0871IMGP0873 pour mixture into your pre prepared cake tin, IMGP0875IMGP0877place in the middle of the oven and bake for approx. 2 hours. IMGP0878When you insert your skewer into the center and it comes out clean, then its cooked! Remove from the oven, allow to cool slightly in the tin,IMGP0884 around 15 minutes, turn out on a cooling wire and allow to cool completely!IMGP0888 What we need to do now is trim the top off and cut the cake into 3, horizontally. IMGP0891IMGP0892IMGP0894

Now time to make the icing.

Using an electric mixer, beat the butter in a bowl until smooth.IMGP0898

Add the cream cheese and beat till well combined.IMGP0901Add one third of the icing sugar and beat well to combine.IMGP0906 Add the remaining icing sugar in 2 batches beating well after each one.IMGP0907

IMGP0913Today we have a very special guest learning some new skills and making sure we have 100% no wastage. Diesel.IMGP0919Add the vanilla and beat at high speed until light and fluffy.IMGP0920

Place the top of the cake on a cake board or a cake stand and spread a good dollop of icing sugar on it coming out to the edges.IMGP0923

Put the middle layer of the cake on top and repeat with the icing.IMGP0925IMGP0926

Place the final(being the bottom) layer and ice the top and sides.IMGP0928IMGP0931IMGP0934

Job done! Enjoy.

Lazy cake or Tinginys in Lt

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This recipe is very easy, maybe that’s where the name comes from I don’t know 🙂 and it is very tasty! Great to get your kids to help you too.

So for this recipe you will need:

  • 400g Cookies (crunchy and not too sweet)
  • 100g butter
  • 2 small tins of sweet condensed milk
  • 5 tablespoons cocoa

Crumble the cookies.

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Melt the butter in a saucepan (or microwave)

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Add condensed milk and cocoa while stirring, bring to the boil.

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To avoid lumps you can mix cocoa with a small quantity of milk before adding to butter.
Pour the biscuits into the mixture and stir well.

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Spoon it on cling film.

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and form like a salami to whatever size you want.

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Let it cool slightly, place it in the fridge for several hours till it’s hard.

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Enjoy!

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