Honey and Pistachio Cake

I was watching Jamie Does….Athens, and  having visited some of the Greek islands it was like reliving and revisiting cracking holidays I have had in the past. He made this decadent cake and I had to try it. It’s very luxurious and rich, a great treat and wonderful if you’re expecting company. I served it with Greek yoghurt and red grapes halved. Jamie served it with Greek yoghurt and strawberries but whichever you fancy.

It’s really easy as you just place all the ingredients in a bowl, give it a good mix and place it in the oven…….genius!

Thanks again Jamie for another wonderful recipe, keep them coming!! 😃

Honey and Pistachio Cake served with Greek Yoghurt and Red Grapes

Honey and Pistachio Cake served with Greek Yoghurt and Red Grapes

Makes 12 slices

Ingredients

  • 5 Eggs
  • 225g Greek Yoghurt
  • 225g Caster Sugar
  • 75g Ground Almonds
  • 150g Self Raising Flour, sieved
  • 200g Semolina
  • 200ml Olive Oil
  • Zest 1 Lemon
  • Zest 1 Orange

For the Syrup Glaze

  • 150g Pistachio Nuts, crushed, but with some left whole
  • 125ml Honey
  • Juice of 1 Lemon
  • Juice of 1 Orange

Method

Preheat the oven to 180degrees. Grease an oven proof dish, approximately 18cm, with a little olive oil and dust lightly with flour, this will ensure the dish is non-stick. You are best not using a non-stick dish as the dish you cook it in is the same one you cut and serve it in.

Lightly beat the eggs and place the eggs, Greek yoghurt, caster sugar, ground almonds, self raising flour, semolina, olive oil and the zest of the lemon and orange in a mixing bowl and mix thoroughly until well combined. Place in the pre-oiled dish and bake for 30mins.

When cooked through, cool in the dish for an hour.

In a small saucepan, heat the honey and juice of a lemon and an orange, along with the crushed pistachio nuts.

Heating the syrup glaze

Heating the syrup glaze

Prick the cake all over with a knife and then pour the warm syrup over the top. Spread it evenly so all the cake is well covered and absorbs the syrup evenly.

The glazed cake

The glazed cake

Allow time for it to absorb all the syrup and then serve with Greek yoghurt and fruit. Alternatively, you could use different nuts too, I might try pine nuts, think that might be a good match too. Enjoy!

Move fast.....it soon goes 😃

Move fast…..it soon goes 😃

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Summer Fruit Cobbler

I first made this pudding at my nana’s house a few years ago. I decided on the spur of the moment to use up some summer fruits nana had in the freezer and decided to make a cobbler. I made it up as I went along and hoped for the best and it turned out great!! My grandad loves hot apple pie and ice cream however, he loved the Summer Fruit Cobbler for a change. Every time I visit them now, grandad always requests I make one, well it can’t be bad eh?!

This is a delicious alternative to crumble. It is more of a suet/scone mix, a heavier cake batter, very rich, full of butter but not very sweet. I add plenty of sugar to my fruit to balance out the flavour. It’s great served warm from the oven with ice cream or hot custard.

Summer Fruit Cobbler served with Ice Cream

Summer Fruit Cobbler served with Ice Cream

Ingredients

  • 500 grams Summer Fruits, frozen
  • 200 grams Butter
  • 200 grams Self Raising Flour
  • 3 tsp Caster Sugar
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 3 tbsp Milk
  • 100 grams Caster Sugar, for the Summer Fruits

Method

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.

In a saucepan, melt the butter gently over a low heat. Meanwhile, measure the flour and add the salt and 3 teaspoons of caster sugar. When the butter is melted, add to the flour mixture and mix through well. Add the milk. It should be thicker than a cake batter but not to thick like a bread dough. It is very buttery so not sweet. Therefore, take the summer fruits and place in a saucepan with the 100 grams of caster sugar and gently heat to allow the fruit to thaw slightly and the sugar to melt. The fruit will go soft and produce a nice sweet juice.

Place the fruit into an oven proof dish and place the cobbler mix on top. Place a baking tray under the dish as it usually leaks juice slightly. Place in the oven for 25-30mins or until cooked through.

Fresh from the oven, as you can see, you need a baking tray underneath 😃

Fresh from the oven, as you can see, you need a baking tray underneath 😃

Serve warm with ice cream or custard. Delicious!

Cheats Yoghurt, Raspberry and Red Grape Dessert

Just had to share this recipe with you, it’s really easy!! Yet tastes sensational!

I only made a small portion but you could easily make a larger version and repeat the layers in a large trifle style bowl or a sundae glass.

Yoghurt and Raspberry Dessert

Yoghurt, Raspberry and Red Grape Dessert

Ingredients

  • 2 Hob Nob Biscuits or Digestives
  • Handful of Large seedless red grapes
  • 50 grams Low Fat Natural Vanilla Bio Yoghurt
  • 50 grams Raspberries
  • 1 tsp Caster Sugar, optional

Method

Blitz the raspberries and sugar in a small blender and then place the mixture in a small saucepan and gently heat, adding a little water. Bring to a steady boil and simmer gently I until it thickens slightly and reduces a little. Then set a side.

Crush the biscuits and place in the bottom of a serving glass, I used a ramekin dish which was a nice size for one, top with the vanilla yoghurt and then place the halved red grapes on top. Drizzle the raspberry sauce on top and serve.

Yummy! 😃

Yummy! 😃

My pictures don’t do it justice, it tastes lovely, please try it!

Delicious, quick and healthy.

Delectable Dinner

Just had to share this lovely meal I had. It isn’t dead fancy or ‘posh’, just simple home cooking, really delicious and comforting.

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Chicken Stuffed with Spinach and Mozzarella, Potato Wedges, Onion Rings, Roasted Vegetables and a Corn on the Cob

For dessert;

Tangy Tarte au Citron served with.....Ben and Jerry's Cookie Dough Ice Cream!

Tangy Tarte au Citron served with…..Ben and Jerry’s Cookie Dough Ice Cream!

This dish is such a crowd pleaser and can easily be made with food from the cupboard. I’ll definitely be making this again.

Not forgetting an important part of the meal though…..

A Bottle of Red Wine 😃

A Bottle of Red Wine 😃