Sunday, 22 April 2012

marmalade almond cake

Here is the recipe for the marmalade almond cake that we all scoffed last Friday. It is based on a french yogurt cake recipe that I have been making a lot of lately and trying out different versions. The basic yogurt cake is:

1 cup plain yogurt
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
1 2/3 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
zest 1 lemon/orange (depending on what flavour you want)
fruit of your choice eg. raspberries, pears, peaches, apples, dried fruit etc.

whisk together yogurt, sugar and vanilla
add oil in steady stream while whisking
add eggs one at a time still whisking
fold in flour etc. and stir in zest.

The fruit can either go on the top or the bottom of the cake.
For the marmalade almond one I placed about 1/3 cup of flaked almonds on the base of the tin (lined with baking paper) then I placed spoonfuls of marmalade on top of the almonds,  about 1/3 of a cup of Christine's extra delicious home made marmalade! Then pour in the cake batter and cook in 180 C oven for about 30-40 mins. Leave in tin for about 15 mins after cooking for the Jam to cool down and set a bit before turning out.

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Pop-up green house

The most recent veggie group had a massive turn out out of 13! It must have been the first of the term and everyone was suffering from veggie group withdrawals. With ease and lots of chat we weeded and planned, and erected the pop-up greenhouse in about 30 minutes! The only problem to solve now is how to stop it from blowing away in the fierce winter winds, but I'm working on it.

 And then we did some serious weeding!

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