Coconut Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins #MuffinMonday

Mar 4, 2013 by

Well, its been a while since I’ve made muffins for #MuffinMonday! I was so happy that I actually had something ready to share with you all today. I have been trying to add coconut to many things that I bake, when I can. These muffins gave me the perfect opportunity to experiment a little and also  to make something that my little ones will enjoy.

I really like baking with spelt flour and decided to incorporate it in this muffin recipe. I found this recipe on Canadian Living‘s website. The key ingredient for this weeks #MuffinMonday is Coconut. I used only Coconut Sugar as the sweetener, and used Coconut Oil instead of vegetable oil. Coconut Sugar and Banana were the only ingredients needed to sweeten these little muffins.

 Coconut Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins_1

 

 

Coconut Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins #MuffinMonday

Ingredients

  • 3/4 Cups All Purpose Flour, Unbleached
  • 1/2 Cup Spelt Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Sugar
  • 3/4 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 Cup Buttermilk
  • 1/2 Cup Mashed Banana (1 med banana)
  • 2 Tbsp + 2 Tsp Coconut Oil
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla
  • 1/2 Cup Dark Chocolate Chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. In a medium bowl, add flours, coconut sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk to combine.
  3. In a medium bowl, beat eggs, add buttermilk, bananas, oil and vanilla.
  4. Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the wet until combined.
  5. Fold in the chocolate chips
  6. Spoon batter evenly into greased muffin liners
  7. Bake for 25 minutes and allow to cool for about 10 minutes.
http://lovelypantry.com/2013/03/coconut-banana-chocolate-chip-muffins-muffinmonday/

 

I opted to leave out shredded coconut because I know my kids are picky about “bits” in their muffins. But I’m sure it would have worked well with this recipe. A quarter cup of shredded coconut would have been a nice portion for this recipe.

 

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Ingredients for Coconut Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

 

I reduced the recipe by half and used these cute colourful silicone mini-muffin cups. I find that the muffins come out so much better when I use them as opposed to paper liners. I avoid using the muffin tin directly whenever possible. I also mixed the entire recipe by hand. The batter was so light and easy to manipulate.

 

Coconut Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins Prep

 

Yet another delightful aroma coming from my kitchen! The kids really got excited and kept asking if the muffins were ready.

 

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Coconut Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

 

I baked these little muffins for my children and they loved it. They were just the right size and were much better for them in my opinion, since I added spelt flour and used coconut sugar.

 

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Coconut Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

 

Enjoy the first week in March!!!

~Lyn

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Mocha Cheesecake for #SundaySupper

Mar 3, 2013 by

I’ve been craving cheesecake for a while now. In fact, I can’t even remember the last time I had some. Cheesecake has got to be one of my favourite desserts. I am a bit picky though. I have a weird thing about texture so my cheesecake has to be smooth and without chunky ingredients. Not to say that I won’t enjoy a cheesecake with fruits etc, but it probably wouldn’t be my first choice. A topping is fine – such as a classic cherry cheesecake. There’s just something about a cheesecake that brings such pleasure to the palate. The creamy texture. The delicious delight that it is. Some days, I just really need cheesecake. Today’s #SundaySupper theme is Cheese, Cake and Cheesecake. Our lovely host is Angie from Big Bear’s Wife.

I wanted to make something that worked well with cream cheese. Perhaps another favourite ingredient. I didn’t have to look far for a recipe. I reached for a recent addition to my cookbook collection – 500 Cakes by Susannah Blake. It was an obvious choice for me to choose the Chocolate Cheesecake. There were quite a few cheesecake recipes to choose from so I imagine upon the arrival of my next cheesecake craving, I know where I should look first.

 

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Chocolate Mocha Cheesecake for #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 50 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Finely ground graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 Tsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder (and extra for dusting)
  • 3/4 Cup Unsalted Butter, melted
  • 7 Oz Semisweet Chocolate
  • 16 Oz Low Fat Cream Cheese, softened (2 X 8oz packs)
  • 3/4 Cup Low Fat Sour Cream
  • 3/4 Cup Superfine Sugar
  • 2 Tsp Cornstarch
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 1 Tbsp Instant Coffee dissolved in 1 Tbsp Boiling Water

Instructions

  1. Grease an 8-inch springform cake pan. Line with parchment paper
  2. In a medium bowl, mix graham cracker crumbs, melted butter and cocoa powder
  3. Place crumb mixture into the pan. Using your fingers, press the crumbs down and about half way up the sides, forming a firm crust.
  4. Refrigerate for 30 minutes
  5. Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl, over a pot of simmering water to melt. The bowl should not be touching the simmering water. The steam is what gently melts the chocolate. Stir occasionally, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  6. Preheat your oven to 320F
  7. Retrieve your cake pan and wrap with 2 layers of foil. Wrap the bottom of the pan with the intention of keeping water from seeping in during baking.
  8. In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth
  9. Beat in the sour cream, sugar and cornstarch
  10. Beat in eggs, one at a time until fully combined
  11. Fold in the melted chocolate and the coffee liquid until fully incorporated
  12. Pour the mixture into the prepared cake pan and level off using an offset spatula
  13. Place the cake pan into an oven proof pan or dish, that has a deep rim - a little taller than your cake pan.
  14. Pour enough boiling water into the dish until it gets about half way up the side of the cake pan
  15. Bake for 50 minutes until set
  16. Allow to cool completely
  17. Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight
  18. To serve: carefully remove the springform pan and dust the cake with cocoa powder and shredded chocolate

Notes

Adapted from 500 Cakes by Susannah Blake

http://lovelypantry.com/2013/03/mocha-cheesecake-for-sundaysupper/

 

It seemed a little odd at first, to make a cake with no flour. But then I remembered that I’ve made a few flourless cakes – I just don’t make them often enough.

 

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Ingredients to make Mocha Cheesecake

 

The crust came together very well and did exactly what I needed it to do. I actually made the graham crumbs myself using my little Magic Bullet. That little gadget has really proven its worth. It gets more use than my blender. I cannot emphasize enough – wrap the springform pan well to avoid water seeping in.

 Mocha Cheesecake Prep

 

 

Mocha - coffee

Instant Coffee

The decision to add the mocha component happened as I was folding in the melted chocolate. Although the batter smelled wonderful, I wanted to give it a gentle kick to bring it up a notch. I’ll try the plain version another time. Hence the mocha cheesecake was created!

 

 

 

 

I used the biggest pan I had that was deep enough to bake this cake. Thank goodness for my roasting pan!

 

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The cake came out great! Almost perfect, actually. As it cooled, the edges pulled away from the pan and this made it easier to transfer to a serving dish.

 

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Cheesecake, fresh out the oven.

 

Slicing this cheesecake was a delight. The texture was so creamy and smooth. It was like we were meeting for this first time, this cheesecake and I. It took some time to prepare, and a little additional effort – but my oh my, it was worth it.

 

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We enjoyed our Mocha Cheesecake. I enjoyed just looking at it even before I took the first bite! LOL!

 

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A slice of bliss…Mocha Cheesecake

 

The #SundaySupper Group has some super fantastic recipes for this week! Check out the  savory cheese dishes, wonderful cakes and amazing cheesecakes!

 

 

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Jamaican Zucchini Spiced Bun #Easter #TwelveLoaves

Mar 1, 2013 by

Welcome to March! So long February and hopefully spring weather will be right around the corner. With a new month comes a special season – Easter, for those who celebrate. We also have St. Patrick’s Day coming up too.  Today I’m sharing a very interesting recipe that caught my eye. I saw Zucchini as the main ingredient and wondered how on earth would that work with a bun recipe? I was pleasantly surprised with the result.

In Jamaica during the Easter season, Jamaicans enjoy a cake/bread called “bun”, usually served with a local cheese. I made my very first Jamaican Easter Bun last year using a recipe my Mom used to use while we were living in England. When you are living outside of Jamaica, it is very hard to find a real authentic bun that tastes like those from home. So I decided to try different recipes and save the really good ones. Soon I realized that there are quite a few variations being used these days. I’m not sure if these variations are being sold at the supermarkets in Jamaica – I haven’t heard of that yet. I’m happy to see the creativity by those who choose to deviate slightly from a traditional tasting bun. My first deviation from the norm, was a Sweet Potato Bun. I was delighted at how lovely it was! I’m sure I will be making it again this season.

Now, a bun made with zucchini is bound to raise some eyebrows. I’ve never heard of such a thing :-)

 Jamaican Zucchini Spiced Bun

 

Jamaican Zucchini Spiced Bun #Easter #TwelveLoaves

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 Cups All Purpose Flour, Unbleached
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/8 Tsp Salt
  • 3 Tbsp Orange Juice
  • 4 Tsp Molasses
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Mixed Spice
  • 1/2 Tsp Orange Zest
  • 1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 packet Active Dry Yeast
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 3/4 Cups Water
  • 1/2 Tsp Almond Extract
  • 1 Cup Shredded Zucchini
  • 1 Cup Raisins
  • 1/2 Cup Golden Raisins

Instructions

  1. Proof the yeast: In a small bowl, combine yeast, 1 tsp sugar and 1/4 cup warm water. Cover and leave for a few minutes while it activates (foaming will occur)
  2. Spray and flour a loaf pan. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, add flour, sugar, salt, mixed spice, orange zest, cinnamon, and baking powder. Whisk to combine.
  4. Using a standing mixture with a paddle attachment, add and mix in the water, vanilla, molasses, and almond extract.
  5. Mix in the yeast mixture
  6. Fold in the zucchini, followed by the raisins
  7. Pour mixture into prepared loaf pan. Cover and set aside for about an hour.
  8. Bake at 350 for 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean
http://lovelypantry.com/2013/03/jamaican-zucchini-spiced-bun-easter-twelveloaves/

 

I found this recipe in the Jamaica Observer’s Easter Cookbook 2012. I probably overlooked it before because it used yeast. I adapted this recipe by using half the ingredients,  omitting rum and replacing it with orange juice. I also substituted mixed peel for golden raisins. I’m just not a mixed peel kind of lady. I think the Chefs that came up with this recipe did a great job. I’m glad that my adapted version came out well.

 

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Ingredients for Jamaican Zucchini Spiced Bun

 

Zucchini added such wonderful moisture to this loaf. I felt good knowing that this vegetable was present. The raisins added a familiar burst of sweetness. A great combination!

 

Jamaican Zucchini Spiced Bun - main ingredients (a)

 

Look at all those raisins! No doubt, this bun smelled marvellous while it was baking.

 

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Zucchini Spiced Bun for Easter

 

And there you have it. A twist on a traditional Easter staple, using fresh zucchini and raisins. This is my contribution to this month’s #TwelveLoaves challenge. We will be focusing on holiday themed bread for the holidays celebrated during the month of March . Bake a bread (yeast or quick bread), loaf or individual. Do you have a favorite Easter or St. Patrick’s Day Bread? We would love to see it. Let’s get baking!

 

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Jamaican Zucchini Spiced Bun

 

 

Look at what our very talented #TwelveLoaves bakers have created this March!

We would love to have you join our #TwelveLoaves group! It’s easy!

1. When you post your Twelve Loaves bread on your blog, make sure that you mention the Twelve Loaves challenge in your blog post; this helps us to get more members as well as share everyone’s posts. Please make sure that your Bread is inspired by the theme!
2. Please link your post to the linky tool at the bottom of my blog. It must be a bread baked to the Twelve Loaves theme.
3. Have your Twelve Loaves bread that you baked this March, 2013 posted on your blog by March 31, 2013.



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Chocolate Chip Banana Cake with Banana Cream for #SundaySupper

Feb 10, 2013 by

Welcome to the Valentine’s edition of #SundaySupper. Today we are sharing things we prepare for our loved ones. Our fabulous host is none other than Jen from Juanita’s Cocina! I’m looking forward to seeing all the wonderful main dishes, desserts and drinks being shared today!

My family loves sweet treats. Because of this, I try to substitute and lighten things up a bit or just keep it really simple. I love cooking and baking for them. Its one sure way that I can express my love for them. I knew exactly what I was going to make for today’s #SundaySupper. My kids ask for this cake often enough ever since I made it for the first time a few weeks ago. My baby girl can probably list the ingredients because she has been right there beside me each time I have made it. I’ve even offered it as a gift to a gathering that we went to recently. Total win. Simplicity at its very best.

Originally I was planning to post Bailey’s Banana Cream but it didn’t taste the same as how I did it the first time. So since I clearly haven’t perfected it, I will stick with the Banana Cream. It is the perfect complement to the Banana Cake. This recipe is from my very special book, A Real Taste of Jamaica by Enid Donaldson. There is absolutely no way that bananas should ever go to waste. Not with recipes like this one.

 

Chocolate Chip Banana Cake With Banana Cream

 

 

Chocolate Chip Banana Cake with Banana Cream for #SundaySupper

Ingredients

  • 1 Cups All Purpose Flour, Unbleached
  • 1 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 Eggs
  • 1 1/4 Very ripe Bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 Stick of Unsalted Butter
  • 2/3 Sugar
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla
  • A pinch of Cardamom
  • 1/4 Cup Mini Chocolate Chips
  • **Banana Cream**
  • 1 Very Ripe Banana
  • 2 Tbsp Sugar
  • 1/4 Tsp Allspice
  • 3/4 Cup Whipping Cream

Instructions

  1. **Banana Cream**
  2. Do this before you make the cake so that it can be refrigerated for a while.
  3. Whip cream either using a whisk, mini blender or regular blender. I used my Magic Bullet.
  4. Mix in the banana, sugar and allspice.
  5. Store in a small container in the fridge until the cake is ready to be served
  6. ***
  7. Preheat Oven to 375F
  8. Grease an 8-inch pan and line the base with parchment paper.
  9. In a medium bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, cardamom and salt
  10. In a large mixing bowl, cream sugar and butter.
  11. Add egg and mix to combine
  12. Add mashed banana and vanilla, then mix to combine
  13. Add the flour mixture into the banana mixture and mix just until combined. Finish combining by hand with a spoon if needed.
  14. Fold in the chocolate chips
  15. Bake for 25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean
  16. Remove from oven and transfer to a cooling rack.
  17. Allow to cool for about 30 minutes before slicing.
  18. Serve topped with Banana Cream
http://lovelypantry.com/2013/02/chocolate-chip-banana-cake-with-banana-cream-for-sundaysupper/

 

I didn’t change much when it came to the ingredients. I added a pinch of cardamom – just because. For the Banana Cream I replaced nutmeg with allspice. Nutmeg isn’t my favourite. I’ll use it when I have to but for this recipe, the allspice was a lovely addition.

 

Chocolate Chip Banana Cake Collage

 

The chocolate chips are an additional treat for this recipe. By itself, it is simply wonderful. The aroma while it is baking is heavenly. Once baked, you’ll find yourself wanting more and more. I speak from personal experience. The banana adds such rich moisture to this cake.

 

Chocolate Chip Banana Cake With Banana Cream

Chocolate Chip Banana Cake

 

I was bringing desert over to a friend’s house recently. I wanted to dress up this sweet wonderful cake. I doubled the recipe and split the batter. Added chocolate chips to one half and left the other one plain. I decorated the plain cake with slices of banana. Oh, how I love a pretty cake. This cake goes well with Vanilla Ice Cream, of course.

Banana Cake as a gift

Banana Cake as a gift

 

The cream was really lovely. I wondered at first if Banana Cream with Banana Cake would be too much banana. Well, the answer was no. It wasn’t. It was awesome. My kids loved it and have grown to expect it whenever I make this cake. I think I will have to break them out of that expectation.

Chocolate Chip Banana Cake With Banana Cream

Chocolate Chip Banana Cake With Banana Cream

 

I just can’t get enough of this cream! I really should figure out the Bailey’s version. I must!!!

 

Chocolate Chip Banana Cake With Banana Cream

Chocolate Chip Banana Cake With Banana Cream

 

 

Please be sure to check out all the wonderful recipes brought to you by the #SundaySupper family!!

#SundaySupper Valentine’s Day Breakfasts, Apps & Main Dishes:

#SundaySupper Valentine’s Day Sweet Eats:

#SundaySupper Valentine’s Day Drinks:

 

#SundaySupper Valentine’s Day Tablescape:  A Romantic Table For Two Please from An Appealing Plan

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We’ll tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world.  Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET and you do not want to miss out on the fun.

Follow the#SundaySupper hashtag, and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat.

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Hawaiian Bread

Jan 31, 2013 by

I did  it!! I got my list of breads that I would like to make, and went for it. I feel so accomplished right now. Making bread has been on my culinary bucket list since forever. I have been quietly saving, comparing, pondering recipes for some time now. Of course, Pinterest is where I store many bread recipes, but I have also been looking in books, magazines and e-books too. You’d be surprised to know how many free Kindle e-books are available on Amazon as a promotion. Either free or cheap. Either way, I’m all over recipe books.

This bread was very different to me. I had no idea how the taste/texture would be but I thought it was pretty cool that pineapple juice was an ingredient. When I took the bread out of the oven, I started taking pictures with my phone. I had to tell my friends and loved ones what I did! This is the kind of news that can’t be kept to myself!

 

Hawaiian Bread

 

Hawaiian Bread

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 60 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Pineapple Juice
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 2 Tsp Active Dry Yeast
  • 1/2 Tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla
  • 1/2 Cup Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 2 Eggs
  • 5 Cup Flour, Unbleached

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, add flour, salt and ginger. Whisk to combine.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar.
  3. Add eggs, vanilla and pineapple juice. Mixing after each addition.
  4. Add proofed yeast and mix in.
  5. Gradually add 2 1/2 Cups of the flour mixture and mix until fully combined.
  6. Add the remaining flour and mix again.
  7. Transfer to a container and container and cover loosely with saran wrap.
  8. Refrigerate for at least 8 hours up to 5 days. (Overnight works well)
  9. Divide your dough in two portions and form into boules by folding the ends underneath and placing on a greased baking sheet - seam side down
  10. Make an "X" at the top of the boule.
  11. Bake at 350F for about 40 minutes
  12. Remove from oven and allow to cool for about 30 minutes

Notes

This recipe is from Kindle eBook "Easy, Fabulous Bread Making: A Collection of quick, no-knead, homemade bread recipes" by Barbara Mack

http://lovelypantry.com/2013/01/hawaiian-bread/

 

Ingredients for Hawaiian Bread

Ingredients for Hawaiian Bread

 

Just to clarify, in the photograph above, I have 2 bowls with flour. I split it but realized after that I didn’t need to do two portions.

One of the things I loved about this type of bread, is that it requires no kneading. This is a very important aspect of the recipe for me. Why? Well because kneading wouldn’t be a good thing for me to do. A few months ago, I developed tendonitis in my right thumb joint. So something as simple as writing can be slightly painful. I fully realize that the hours spent on the computer and on my cell phone are wreaking havoc on my hands. My left wrist is showing signs of stress also. I was advised to step away from the computer. Chances of that happening are pretty close to nil, although I have decreased my online activity a little. Less time on the computer doesn’t mean I’m resting though. Because I’m in the kitchen making AWESOME breads like this one!

I was so excited about making this bread that I went ahead and prepped 2 more no-knead breads. That’s another great thing about this recipe. You can prepare from the night before so you can have fresh bread in a jiffy. Also you can store the dough in the freezer for up to 3 months, and take it out as needed. Just allow it to thaw and rise again in the fridge.

I learned something about yeast while making this bread. When using Active Dry Yeast, you have to proof it before you incorporate it into the batter otherwise the dough wont rise. Lesson learned. No more wasting ingredients!

Proofing your yeast

In a small bowl, add 1 package of active dry yeast (about 2 1/4 Tsp). Add 1 Tsp sugar and 1/4 cup of warm water. Allow to stand for about 10 minutes. If the mixture starts to foam and increases in volume, you can use it in your recipe. If it doesn’t foam, discard it. I added the yeast to the wet ingredients just before adding the dry ingredients.

 

 Hawaiian Bread Prep Collage2

 

Is this bread perfect? I’m not sure. It’s my first homemade bread. It tasted much different from the commercially made bread that I have become accustomed to. But I’ve always heard that once you start making bread at home, you may not want to go back to store-bought bread. We’ll see!  I probably don’t have the perfect technique when it comes to bread making yet, but I’m looking forward to learning more and most definitely baking more. I can’t wait to make the second portion of this recipe. And then some other recipes from the eBook.

 

Hawaiian Bread Slice2

 I’m really happy.

No no-knead recipe is safe now that I’ve made my first bread.

I’m sooooo doing the happy dance right now.

 

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Victoria Sponge Cake With Cream Cheese for #SundaySupper

Jan 20, 2013 by

Welcome to another #SundaySupper! This Week’s theme is all about “Retro Recipes.”  You know, those food memories that immediately take us back in time.  There are some recipes that are tried and true. Some of them we wouldn’t think of making any changes, because it would become something totally different. And then there are some with room for flexibility and adventure. I love a little bit of both in my kitchen. These are the recipes that remind us of our childhood, our grandparents, our parents, or foods that were the norm during a certain era.

Most of the things that I make are either fairly new to me or remind me of home. Until I was about 11 years old, I lived in London, England. I don’t have too many memories of life there but I do recall some of the funny foods that I would eat at school or visiting my british friends or neighbours. When in London, eat what the Londoners eat! Toad In The Hole, Bangers & Mash, Crumpets, and how can I ever forget Fish & Chips. Whenever I had extra spending money, I would stop and buy myself some “chips” wrapped in newspaper, sprinkled with salt and vinegar. I remember how awesome it was to eat it as I walked home from school. These are what I think of when I think of retro. I don’t know of any Brit that didn’t have fish fingers with ketchup as part of their weekly meals. I know exactly where my tea drinking habit began! My Mom and I always enjoy a cup of tea before bed, even now. That’s the one thing I’m never without. It’s always a good time for a cuppa.

In Jamaica there are some recipes that have certainly stood the test of time! Grater Cake, Coconut Drops, Jerk Chicken, Oxtail, Curried Goat, Cornmeal Pudding, Black Cake (also known as Christmas Pudding), Sorrel, Blue Drawers, Stew Peas…the list goes on. But today, I’m going to share with you a recipe that I came across last year around the time of The Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. It’s called Victoria Sponge Cake and it is a British classic.

 

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Victoria Sponge Cake With Cream Cheese for #SundaySupper

Ingredients

  • 1 Stick + 4 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 3/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 3 Eggs at room temperature
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 1/4 Cup All-Purpose Flour, Unbleached
  • 1 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1/3 Cup Seedless Raspberry Jam
  • Cream Cheese Filling:
  • 1 X 8oz Package Light Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 Cup Confectioners Sugar
  • 3 Tsp Cream or Milk
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Grease 2 cake pans (I used 9 inch but this recipe needed 8 inch pans)
  3. In a medium bowl, add flour, salt and baking powder
  4. In a large bowl, cream the sugar and butter until fluffy
  5. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well in between each addition
  6. Add vanilla and mix until fully incorporated
  7. Gently fold in the flour until combined and smooth
  8. Divide batter evenly between pans and level off the batter with an offset spatula
  9. Bake for about 25 minutes until golden and springy to the touch. Do a toothpick test to ensure cake is cooked through
  10. Allow to cool in pans for about 10 minutes then transfer to wire racks to cool completely
  11. For the filling, mix the cream cheese, confectioners sugar, cream and vanilla until silky and light
  12. Transfer one of the cakes into your serving platter. Spread the cream cheese evenly to cover most of the surface using an offset spatula or the back of a spoon
  13. Spread the raspberry jam on top of the cream cheese as close to the edge as you would like
  14. Place the second cake on top to complete the "sandwich". Sprinkle with sifted confectioners sugar
  15. Serve and enjoy!
http://lovelypantry.com/2013/01/victoria-sponge-cake-with-cream-cheese-frosting-for-sundaysupper/

Victoria Sponge Cake With Cream Cheese Collage2

 

The first time I made this cake, it was a bit lop-sided so I was happy to try it again. This time around, it came out much better but I think I will do it again to see how else I can get my cake to be lighter and fluffier. There are so many variations of this recipe available. The recipe that I used came from a book called Illustrated Step By Step Baking.I opted to use something different from the suggested butter cream filling. I wanted to changed things up just a little bit so I used a simple cream cheese filling instead. I need to get smaller cake pans. My smallest is 9 inches and I needed 8 inch pans. I think I need to go shopping, don’t you agree?

 

Victoria Sponge Cake With Cream Cheese Slice-1

 

Join us Around the Family Table this Sunday at 7pm Eastern Time and share your favorite Retro Food Memory with us!

The Sunday Supper family have so many wonderful retro and retro inspired dishes to share with you. Be sure to check out the recipes listed below.

Sunday Supper Retro Appetizers:

Sunday Supper Retro Salads:

Sunday Supper Retro Breads and Sandwiches:

SundaySupper Main Dishes:

Sunday Supper Retro Sides and Veggies:

Sunday Supper Retro Desserts and Cocktails:

 

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