Wednesday, 23 June 2010

You are so funny, you kill my head!

Disney Classic #6 and #7 - Saludos Amigos and The Three Caballeros

This was the first (and probably only) time we watched two movies in one night. The logical reason for this was that combined the two films only equal 110 minutes play time, about the length of a standard modern movie. Plus, Three Caballeros is the sequel to Saludos Amigos, so it made sense. Especially as we skipped last week due to birthdays of two of my very close friends!

I'd never actually seen these films, so it was kind of difficult to pick a cake - however after reading a bit of Disney Wiki I found out that these films are both set in South America, so I did a google search on "South American cake" and it bought up about a million recipes for Tres Leches Cake. Whether or not this is a traditional South American pudding, I don't know. But google seems to think so, and I thought it looked/sounded delicious, so that's what I made.

I based my recipe on one I found here. I always get mixed up with American measurements (how much is a cup of sugar? Like an actual cup? And what size cup? I have lots of different sized cups!!) so I sort of made up my own... but it worked and was very very tasty.

Prep time: 20 mins (plus overnight to chill)     Cook time: 25mins     Serves: 12


200g margarine
200g caster sugar
100g soft cheese (philadelphia)
200g self raising flour
2 medium eggs
200ml sweetened condensed milk
85ml evaporated milk
150ml double cream

For the topping:
3 egg whites
200g caster sugar
100ml water
1 tsp honey
pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla essence
pinch of cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg

  1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 6. Grease and line a baking tin.

  2. Beat together the sugar and the butter until creamy. Add the soft cheese and mix until combined.

  3. Sift the flour into the bowl and fold into the mixture. Add the eggs and beat well until all ingredients are combined.

  4. Pour the mixture into the baking tin and bake for around 25 minutes, until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Remove the cake from the oven and allow it to cool in the baking tin whilst you prepare the "three milk" syrup.

  5. In a large bowl, whisk together the condensed milk, the evaporated milk and the double cream.

  6. Using a fork, poke lots of holes into the cooled cake, and then slowly pour the milk syrup over the entire cake. Put the cake in the fridge and leave to soak overnight.

  7. The next day... prepare the meringue frosting. Place the egg white in a large bowl and whisk until fluffy and starting to peak. (with an electric whisk, this takes around 3/4 minutes, with a hand whisk, considerably longer.)

  8. Place the sugar, water, honey and salt in a saucepan and bring to the boil, stirring occaisionally. Heat the sugar syrup to 117 degrees celsius, (242 degress farenheit).

  9. Slowly and carefully pour the sugar syrup down the side of the bowl, whilst slowly beating the egg white mixture. Once all of the sugar syrup in in the bowl add the vanilla essence. Increase the speed of the whisk and continue to beat for around 5 minutes, until the meringue has cooled.

  10. Spread the meringue over the cake, and sprinkle with nutmeg and cinnamon. Keep refridgerated and serve straight from the pan!!

Next time - we'll be watching Make Mine Music, and I'll be making Whoopie Pies!

Happy thoughts!


    Wednesday, 2 June 2010


    Disney Classic # 5 - Bambi

    Whereas last week with Dumbo I had a million ideas for cakes I could make, I'd have to say the opposite happened with Bambi. I couldn't think of anything. My friend Collins came up with the fantastic suggestion of making an "Oh deer" cake - a cake that made people say "oh dear" when they looked upon it. But even then I had no idea what to do!

    So I'm clutching at straws with this weeks lavender tea cake... How did I figure that lavender cake is Bambi themed, you ask? Well, I'll have you know that a *very* significant event in this movie just so happens to take place on a MEADOW. Wild flowers grow on meadows, and lavender is a wild flower. So there.

    See those purple flowers in the bottom left corner there - definitely lavender

    I used a recipe I found here, which I followed pretty much to the letter as I've never tried a recipe like this before. I served each slice with a tasty dollop of strawberry infused whipped cream - yummy!

    This cake (and the cream served with it) takes a long time to prepare and cook - so I think it would make a good Sunday tea cake. Plus it makes your house smell lovely!

    Note: I used 3 tablespoons of lavender as that is what the recipe asked for, however, I thought that the lavender flavour was too strong on this cake, so next time I make it I'll probably only use 1.5 tablespoons of lavender. Although, it seems to be an acquired taste, as there were varying opinions from my friends, a couple of them even went back for seconds!! What I would suggest is that if you're not too keep on strong flavours, or if you're unsure, then start off only using less lavender, you can always add more each time you make the cake until you have the perfect flavour! I'll update this post the next time I try lavender cake and let you know how I got on with 1.5 tablespoons. ^_^

    180ml milk
    3tbsp finely chopped edible lavender
    85g butter, softened
    200g caster sugar
    2 eggs
    250g plain flour
    1.5 tsp baking powder
    pinch of salt

    Prep time: 15 mins           Cook time: 50 mins         Serves: 12

    For the strawberry infused cream:

    175ml double cream
    2tbsp icing sugar
    5 or 6 strawberries
    2tbsp caster sugar
    2tsp lemon juice

    Prep time: overnight       Cook time: 5 minutes, plus 2 hours to cool       Serves: 12

    1. Prepare the strawberries the evening before making the cake. Hull and then quarter the strawberries and pop them into a small glass bowl. Sprinkle the caster sugar over them and mix with your hands until all of the strawberries are covered with the sugar. Cover the bowl with cling film, and leave in the fridge overnight.
    2. To make the cake: preheat the oven to gas mark 3, and grease and flour a loaf tin.
    3. Finely chop the lavender and put this into a small saucepan with the milk. On a low heat, bring the lavender and milk to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and leave to cool whilst you prepare the batter.
    4. In a large mixing bowl, beat the softened butter and the sugar together until smooth. Add the eggs, and beat well until the mixture reaches a light and creamy consistency.
    5. In another bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt.
    6. Fold around a quarter of the flour mixture into the butter mixture, followed by around a third of the milk and lavender mixture. Continue to alternate the flour and the lavender until all of the ingredients are combined, being sure to start and end with the flour mixture.
    7. Pour the mixture into the loaf tin and bake for around 50 minutes, until a skewer entered into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool in the tin on a wire rack.
    8. Whilst the cake is baking, prepare your strawberry coulis. Pour the strawberries and their juice into a small pan and add the lemon juice. Over a medium heat, bring the strawberry mixture to the boil, stirring continuously. Place the strawberry mixture back into the bowl and allow to cool slightly before re-covering with clingfilm and placing back into the fridge to cool and thicken for at least 2 hours.
    9. Once the cake and strawberry mixture have cooled, prepare them cream. Place the cream and the icing sugar in a large mixing bowl, and whisk until the cream is thick and stands in stiff peaks. Blob about a teaspoon of the strawberry mixture around various places in the bowl of cream, and then carefully fold the strawberry into the cream to create a marbled effect. (Don't mix the cream and strawberry too much - you don't want to combine them completely!)
    10. Slice the cake and serve with a generous dollop of the strawberry cream!

    Next time - it's a Disney double-feature!! We're going to skip a week due to the birthday of a very close friend, so it will be two weeks before my next post. In order to make up for lost time (and for various other reasons) we'll be watching Saludos Amigo and The Three Caballeros in one evening, and I'll be serving a Tres Leches Cake. Can't wait!!

    Happy thoughts.