A much deserved three day Bank Holiday however I was feeling under the weather, a little homebaking and experimenting made my day enjoyable and I felt like I had actually made the most of it! Try not to let the little things get you down. 🙂
Easter is nearly upon us…
I am extremely excited for Easter this year, I will admit although religion interests me – I am not particularly religious, but the thought of having a long weekend off work with pure relaxation and indulging on chocolate couldn’t come at a better time and is music to my ears!
I went shopping today and bought a Bundt cake mould which I am planning to use on Saturday. I’ll be sharing the pictures of the Babka cake if it turns out well enough. 🙂 We also decided to skip on the Easter Eggs and purchase tons of chocolate for the same price of a few large eggs. I may be morbidly obese by next week, or diabetic…tons of walking will be needed! Haha I really can’t see us eating all that though!
I’m also looking forward to reading more of Insurgent by Veronica Roth, watching more Breaking Bad and perhaps a little creative writing is in order. My brother will be visiting and I’ll get plenty more family / boyfriend time so everything will be perfect.
Whatever you are up to this weekend – ENJOY!
This weekend I decided to have a little baking session, my fathers birthday was on the Sunday and I was undecided on what kind of cake I should make whether it be a traditional sponge, or perhaps try something new. After browsing the recipes on Sainsbury’s and showing him a couple, I decided on baking a Chocolate and Orange Tray Bake which I had never attempted before. I’m a pretty amateur baker and I’d like to get a lot better, so I’m really pleased with how well this tasted! I’ve included a link for the original recipe below, I will admit I did not buy all my ingredients from Sainbury’s as I couldn’t find them all while I was in there, so the rest were purchased from Tesco.
All in all, the cake turned out extremely well, cooking it longer meant it had a more crispy base which complimented the texture, the sponge was soft and fluffy with a flavour of orange and chocolate, the topping was perfect and the orange was more prominent. I’d recommend sprinkling the chocolate on top and putting the zest in the icing so long as chopped very finely =)
Chocolate and Orange Traybake
- Makes 24 squares
- Prep 20 mins
- Total time 50 mins
Make up to 2 days ahead and store in a cool place in an airtight container. The uniced sponge can be frozen.
You will need
- 225g caster sugar
- 275g margarine (I use Stork)
- 275g self-raising flour
- 4 large eggs
- finely grated zest of 1 orange
- 2 tbsp orange juice
- 200g milk chocolate, roughly chopped, plus extra for the top
For the icing and to decorate
- 300g icing sugar
- 40g cocoa
- zest and juice of 1 large orange
OK, So once you have all of the above the guide is as follows. I’ve listed my comments next to these as I made a few alterations. (some inadvertent)
step by step
- 1)Preheat the oven to 180°C, fan 160°C, gas 4. Grease and line a 25-30cm x 20cm tin with baking paper. (I did this, but I’d recommend not to preheat so early if you aren’t an experienced cook, as it took me longer than 20 minutes to prepare!)
- 2)Put the sugar, margarine, flour, eggs, orange zest and juice into a large mixing bowl. Use an electric whisk. (I beat the eggs in a separate bowl before including them in the mixture. While it is important to measure the ingredients, which I did, I added a little extra Orange Juice into the mixture towards the end as I really wanted to taste the flavour. I also learnt how to zest an Orange for the first time, I’ll include a handy tutorial link at the end of this thread.)
- 3)Fold in the chopped chocolate and spoon into the lined tin. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes– if the cake starts to colour too quickly, cover with foil. Leave to cool in the tin. (I put the foil on top after 10 minutes as I was worried the cake was changing colour too quickly, if you do this I’d recommend to double check the foil is tightly covering the top, as mine wasn’t and I ended up peeling it away from the cake and cooking longer than needed! This did result in my edges being cooked slightly more than the centre, but this did not effect the taste too much, except a little more crunchiness at the bottom which was liked.)
- P.S The holes are from the knife… please ignore!
- 4)For the icing, sift the icing sugar and cocoa into a bowl and mix well, then mix in enough of the orange juice to form a thickish but pourable paste – you’ll need about 4-5 tablespoon of juice. Spread the icing over the cooled cake using a palette knife. (I personally needed about 7 or 8 tablespoons of juice, but just add as you mix, the chocolate tasted perfect.)
- 5)Sprinkle over the orange zest. Grate the extra chocolate on top and cut into 24 squares to serve.(I messed up…I included the orange zest in with the icing! … Not to worry, It tasted great, I grated some more chocolate and sprinkled on top! I cut into small squares and fingers in the end, tastes good in small bites, you can easily get 24 small squares.)
I hope your recipe tastes as great as mine, if I can cook it I’m sure you can 😉
Reference – Recipe on Sainbury’s website. http://www.sainsburysmagazine.co.uk/recipes/baking/tray-bakes-and-slices/item/chocolate-and-orange-traybake