I don't bake. It's not that I don't enjoy it, it's just that there always seems to be something else to do. But once a year I do bake. The end of June means Wimbledon and the Church and Mum and I run the cake stall every year, and bake approximately half the cakes for it.
I started on Wednesday with 48 jumbo cookies (that's 6 batches). And Thursday was brownie day. And the most amazing brownie ever is the Chocolate orange brownie which started as a tripled chocolate cake with rich icing in a magazine I borrowed and photocopied, but which has changed unrecognisably over the last few years..... it takes me an hour from starting to getting in the oven and I normally make 4 btches of the recipe all at once (if you're doing it, you might as well do it properly!)
Ingredients: (four one quarter of what you see in the photos below)
100g dark chocolate - I use Bourneville
125g caster sugar
3 large eggs, separated (I hate separating eggs)
zest of two oranges (I hate zesting oranges)
4tbsp of orange juice (you should be able to get this from the oranges you zested)
30g plain flour
25g cocoa powder (supposedly sifted, but life's too short)
Heat the over the 180degrees (160 if fan assisted). Grease a 20cm cake tin (I use square tins obviously)
Cream marg and sugar till fluffy
Add the egg yolks - mix until creamy
Melt the chocolate (I do this in the microwave - be careful to melt and not cook it)
Add orange zest, orange juice, and melted chocolate.
Add flour and cocoa and mix
Beat the egg whites separately to medium peaks, the carefully fold into chocolatey mix
Spoon into cake tin, bake for 30 minutes until a skewer comes out clean, cool in the tin for about 10 minutes then turn out and when cool dust with icing sugar
Oh - and don't drop the mixing bowl on the floor - or if you must, do it before you've washed it up! Ooops....
Yesterday Mum and I both hit the cakes: Mum made seven chocolate sponges, six coffee sponges, and eight coffee and walnut sponges. I made seven Raspberry and White chocolate cakes, 6 Gingerbreads and six lemon drizzle cakes. And this morning Mum made over 100 scones - some cheese (yummy) and others fruit.
All set up ready for the fete!