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Autumn Leaf Cake

In Cakes, Cooking, food, Food and Drink on November 30, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Autumn Leaf Cake

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Here is a recent cake I made that was inspired by the falling autumn leaves. It was a time consuming cake but not difficult.

Make yourself a chocolate cake, there are enough recipes out there to suit you and coat the cake in two layers of chocolate buttercream. I made a chocolate ganache buttercream on this occasion.

You do need to buy fondant icing in at least two colours, here I chose pumpkin orange and caramel brown. You will also need some leaf cutters in at least three different shapes.

I used oak, maple and ash I believe!

Warm your fondant icing in your hand and kneed until pliable. You can then roll out a little sausage shaped length in two colours and twist together. Roll out to a good pound thickness and cut out your leaves. Do this in small batches so you get a range of marbled leaf shapes.

Leave to harden over a curved surface such as a rolling pin or wine bottle, leave some to dry flat.

When the leaves harden arrange at the base of the cake pushing into the icing to neaten the edge and in a pile on the top.

Enjoy!

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Hurry Up It’s Sloe Time!

In drink, Food and Drink on September 24, 2012 at 2:39 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sloe Gin

Yes it’s sloe time and a sure sign that autumn is upon us and what better way to treasure the season than to lay down the foundations for a truly delicious drink to be enjoyed over the festive period….sloe gin.

It’s deep garnet colour when fully developed is about as rich and inviting as a drink can get when the evenings turn cold and the fire (or in our case, the central heating is on).

Take a look in the hedgerows for these deep purple hard berries with small green leaves (check before you pick!), be quick as these unassuming little fellas won’t be around for long.

There is something very satisfying about making sloe gin, although the results cannot be enjoyed for a number of months to come this is a quick recipe that really does help to mark the seasons.

So here’s how to make your own lusciously lethal liquor!

Ingredients

750 ml gin

450g sloes

350g caster sugar

Method

Wash your sloes and place in the freezer over night, this will save you the hassle of pricking each little berry. The freezing process breaks the skin a little which will release the colours into the gin over time.

Split your sloes into two different bottles or jars (I used one gin bottle and one kilner) sprinkle over the sugar, add half the gin to each and shake to help dissolve the sugar.

Place in a dark room turning occasionally to redispurse the sugar. Be patient this will be good come Christmas but even better in the spring.

Cheers!