Mid Autmun Festival is upon us, and although it’s not a massive celebration, it’s quite hard to miss, with big bright boxes of mooncakes filling the entrance of most Asian grocery stores for months in the lead up.
Marshmallows aren’t really my kind of thing, but when it’s sandwiched between a brownie and apeanutty chocolate crakle….that’s a completely different story!
You can probably tell from the recipes I post, that I have a bit of a sweet tooth and whilst most of the time I do turn to chocolate when I’m craving something sweet, I also do find that something with a biscuit or wafer is a little more satisfying, perhaps because having to bite through something rather than it melting away makes me feel like I’m actually eating something.
I can’t really say that I like red velvet cake- to be honest I really don’t understand the hype about a plain cake that is coloured bright red- but each to their own! Most of the cakes I make aren’t really for myself, so given how popular it is, I it was only a matter of time before a request would come up, so I needed a good recipe to have under my belt.
Whilst most recipes are a similar formulation made up of your usual cake candidates- flour, eggs, sugar, butter and of course red food colouring- I have settled for an oil based recipe rather than a butter one….. because a whole block of butter for the buttercream icing is really way more saturated fat than one needs in a serving (those who have followed this blog for a while will know I’m not particularly fond of working with too much butter!).
I’m a bit skeptical when it comes to ‘dump everything in a bowl and mix’ recipes as I haven’t had huge success with these recipes in the past, but I’m pleased to report this one worked a treat. It was a simple five minute job to whip up and the cake went down well with the family, who also aren’t red velvet fans either! I’ve added a bit of cocoa to the recipe to give it a bit of flavour, but leaving out the cocoa will give you brighter shade of red, if that’s what you’re after.
Back in my uni days, weekends were a time for me to get in some more hours of work to earn some money- at one time I was working three jobs, one on the weekdays, one at nights and one on the weekends. When I first started working full time I did try to keep the busy weekends going, making sure I filled my weekends with plenty of activities but much has changed since then, and even though it has only been less than two years since I finished uni, I honestly do not know how I did it!
I must admit that I’ve never really been a big fan of Hollandaise. Knowing that it was just an emulsion of butter and egg yolk didn’t excite me all that much, and it really doesn’t add all that much for me- to be honest I’d much rather have my poached eggs on toast with just a sprinkle of pepper. It has however grown on me, even if only slightly, a result of living in a household that loves their Eggs Benedict for breakfast. And although I have made a quick Hollandaise on a couple of occasions, I have been on a hunt for a healthier version of this classic sauce.