Category: Cakes and bakes
|24/10/2011||Posted by Fabrizia under Cakes and bakes, For tickles and giggles, Recipes|
My colleagues at Ogilvy PR Cape Town are starting to get used to the idea of my bringing in some sort of baked something or other on a Monday morning.
This morning it was mini-banana loaves made from a recipe I’ve had for years and years called Teach Me to Cook!, which my mom gave me when I decided to move down to Cape Town to study Graphic Design … in other words, she wanted to make sure I could cook and stay alive!
The interesting thing about this recipe book, which was published in 1994, is that it’s in both English and Zulu, endorsed by the Domestic Workers’ Association and “make[s] it possible for the housekeeper to understand and cook the favourite recipes of her employer.”
I kid you not!
For me, a devoted follower of Italian and Portuguese cooking – even if only hybrid versions thereof, I have to admit that South African desserts and bakes, such as Malva pudding and banana loaf, are to me the bee’s knees and I love to make them, which is why I still hang on to this recipe book.
I’ve made the banana loaf recipe so many times and am happy to say it’s always received with a smile.
So here’s the original recipe, which I’ve adapted to make on average 12 mini-banana loaves: perfect for the office or a tea party.
half a cup margarine
1 cup castor sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
4 ripe bananas, peels and mashed
Combine the margarine and sugar in a mixing bowl and mix very well. Stir in the vanilla essence.
Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each one.
Sift flour and baking powder together. Add the egg mixture along with the mashed bananas. Mix well.
Turn the mixture into a greased 9×5 inch loaf pan (or 12 mini-loaf tins). Place in a preheated oven at 190°C for 45 minutes (30 minutes for mini-loaves).
Remove pan from the oven. Remove loaf from the pan and cool on a wire cooling rack.
|21/10/2011||Posted by Fabrizia under Biscuits, Cakes and bakes, For tickles and giggles, Recipes, Sweets, Tarts|
On this the inaugural fabzilicious Friday, I would like to celebrate the awesomeness that is Nutella.
Whether it’s smeared on fresh bread and topped with bananas, or
Sandwiched between a freshly flipped pancake, accompanied by strawberries and drizzled with pistachios, or
Eaten straight out the jar, or
Incorporated into a tart recipe, or even
Coating your breakfast bacon (?!),
You have to agree that Nutella is worthy of a fabzilicious Friday mention.
And … I want to try out this Incredibly Easy Nutella Lava Brownies recipe …
P.S. I wish all Nutella came in this packaging …
|04/10/2011||Posted by Fabrizia under Cakes and bakes, Cupcakes, Recipe books and publications|
After years of day-dreaming about it, I’ve finally found my dream loft apartment situated in the funky neighbourhood of Observatory, Cape Town.
Now in order to afford the loft apartment, which is by no means beyond my budget but I also don’t want to live on bread and water whilst trying to pay off two bonds, I need to sell my current apartment in Salt River.
As an offering to the Property Fairies (there are fairies for everything!) I decided to make mini cupcakes to sweeten the deal. The mini cupcakes tasted like a little bit of heaven in every bite (if I may say so myself) and will hopefully secure me a sale … soon!
P.S. The apartment hasn’t sold yet but there’s still time … and if you know of anyone looking to invest in a studio apartment with awesome views of Cape Town … inbox me!
|28/09/2011||Posted by Fabrizia under Bakeries, Cakes and bakes, Cupcakes, For tickles and giggles|
|27/09/2011||Posted by Fabrizia under Cakes and bakes, Cupcakes, For tickles and giggles|
Honestly I thought there was some uber-impressive way of filling cupcakes (or muffins for that matter) but it’s as simple as using an apple corer and making a hole … then filling it!
Why didn’t I think of that when I was baking my gooey-caramel-centred muffins on Friday?
Fabz … d’oh! *slaps forehead*
Thanks to Sugarland Bakery in the US for the very easy tip … should’ve really thought of that myself …
|26/09/2011||Posted by Fabrizia under Cakes and bakes, For tickles and giggles, Muffins|
And I obliged by baking my signature chocolate muffins with gooey caramel centres. YUM!
I may be biased but I can say they were simply fabzilicious.
The chocolate icing was a tad too sweet but admittedly I haven’t made icing in forever so I’m a little out of practice.
The stars and hearts were added … umm … just because. I felt like playing with sugar paste and food colouring.
|23/09/2011||Posted by Fabrizia under Cafes, Cakes and bakes, For tickles and giggles|
|21/09/2011||Posted by Fabrizia under Cakes and bakes, Muffins|
You make them from scratch, of course!
There’s nothing more scrumptious than a warm choc-chip chocolate muffin accompanied by a cup of hot cocoa, a comfy couch, DVD and nowhere to go on a stormy night … bliss *sigh*