white chocolate and apricot torte

 

apricot and white chocolate cake

I froze heaps of stewed apricots in summer and normally make crumbles or pies but I felt like something chocolatey and this is what I came up with! It is a delicious moist cake, serve it with double cream.

120 grams butter
150 grams white chocolate
100 grams caster sugar
50 ml milk
teaspoon vanilla essence
120 grams stewed and pureed apricot
2 eggs
270 grams self-raising flour

Turn oven on to 180 C. Melt butter and the chocolate by placing them in a large bowl and sitting the bowl on a pot that has gently simmering water in it. Stir the butter and chocolate regularly until the butter and chocolate are melted. Add the sugar and milk and beat well. Add the apricot, eggs, vanilla and self-raising flour and beat well for a few minutes. Pour into an 18 cm diameter cake tin that has been greased and floured or lined with baking paper. Bake for about 25 minutes in a 180 C oven or until golden and cooked through. Turn out onto a cake rack to cool.

In the TM. melt chocolate and chopped butter 3min/speed 1/70 C. add all other ingredients and beat speed 6/30 seconds. Pour into an 18 cm diameter cake tin that has been greased and floured or lined with baking paper. Bake for about 25 minutes in a 180 C oven or until golden and cooked through. Turn out onto a cake rack to cool.

Like this recipe? Find more in my first cookbook The Real Food for Kids Cookbook. When you cook this please let me know how you go with it and share it with your friends!

School holiday fun

we spent a most of the first week of the school holidays at the dancing eisteddfod, but the second week the kids got to catch up on some playdates with their cousins and with my family that means a feast or two.

Maggie was inspired by a little Japanese song she has learnt at school so she wanted a Asian feast. This was also a good excuse to re-test a few of the recipes from my new book, The Real Food for kids Cookbook with a bunch of different age children and also film a bit to make demonstrations for You tube to go with the book, so much easier to learn something by watching it!

dumpling making

Ed, Bernadette, Maggie, Stephanie, Tommy and Oscar spent a lovely afternoon preparing:

albacore tuna spring rolls
Nori rolls
rice paper rolls
pork and prawn dumplings including making the wrappers
chicken and corn soup
Honey soy beef stir-fry
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The next day was pancakes for breakfast

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When Elise and Oliver visited we made homemade gnocchi to go with a slow cooked Italian Beef sauce.

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and the girls made fettuchini for meatballs

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Cooking with children is a lot of fun, I bring the food out of the kitchen and onto the dining room table when I have young kids around who need to be careful around hot and sharp objects.

Like this? Find more in my first cookbook The Real Food for Kids Cookbook. When you cook one of my recipes please let me know how you go with it and share it with your friends!