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    Recipes/News/Articles — Measuring Cups

    Luscious Flourless Orange Cake

    Luscious Flourless Orange Cake


    Here in the husMait kitchen, we look for a great treat that will satisfy our sweet tooth and have some redeeming qualities. We found this recipe posted over on Instagram, and it looks so moist and delicious, not to mention the recipe had simple ingredients and was easy to follow. Baking Envy, Flourless Orange Cake 

    Assemble all of your utensils: knife, cutting board, pan, measuring cups, measuring spoons, mixing bowl, blender and 8 inch round cake tin.

    Assemble all of the ingredients: oranges, sugar, almond meal, eggs, vanilla essence, and baking powder.  Then follow the recipe linked above. 

    The recipe calls for whole oranges, which are boiled and then processed in a blender, unfortunately, the oranges I used were a bit pithy and left a slightly bitter flavor in the cake. For that reason, I would take the time to peel the zest and cut the pith away from the fruit before boiling it. Another slight change I made was to cook the remaining orange/sugar water down until it was beginning to be jammy. That made a wonderful glaze that remained on the top of the cake instead of disappearing into the cake.  

    Everyone here loved this cake's excellent taste and texture. The use of the almond meal was sheer brilliance as it adds a luscious texture and flavor to the cake. To add a professional finish to this cake I would add some candied orange tweels to the top.

    This would be a lovely cake for an afternoon tea or formal dinner dessert as you can bake it up to three days in advance, storing it in the refrigerator, or frozen for six months remembering to leave the glaze off until you are ready to serve it. 

    If you bake this cake let us know how it turns out, and go give Chloe, over at Baking Envy a review as well. 

    With warm wishes for your home, 
    from the husMait home kitchen.

     

     

    Pickled Beets - Spring Time

    Pickled Beets - Spring Time

    It must be spring, the weather is warming up, and the sun is shining. My thoughts turn to barbecue, picnics, and drinks on the patio. Today I made my first batch of refrigerator pickled beets of the season.

    This recipe is so simple. I wanted to share my shortcut and my measurements so that you get a perfectly filled one-quart Mason Jar. 

    The biggest shortcut is to use Love Beets ready to eat Organic Cooked Beets. You will need two of the 300-gram packs. I open them over the sink and place them in a colander to drain while preparing the rest of the ingredients. 

      1-quart size Mason or other glass jar
      1 pound small cooked beets; sliced
      1/2 red or white medium onion; sliced thin
      1 1/8 cup white vinegar
      1/3 cup sugar
      1 1/2 teaspoon salt
      3/4 teaspoon peppercorns
      4 cloves
      1-2 bay leaves

      1. In a large heat-resistant bowl combine sliced beets, onion, salt, peppercorns, cloves, and bay leaves. 
      2. Combine vinegar and sugar in a small saucepan, simmer until the sugar is completely dissolved about 5 minutes.
      3. Remove from heat and pour over the vegetables stir.
      4. Let cool, remove the bay leaves, and spoon into the jar.
      5. Refrigerate - these are ready to eat in just a few hours and mellow as they age. 
      This recipe also makes a beautiful presentation jar to present as a picnic hostess gift:
      Layer the sliced beets, sliced onions, and seasonings, except the bay leaves. Add the bay leaves to the boiling vinegar/sugar, let the liquid cool for 5 minutes. Discard the bay leaves then pour the vinegar mixture into the jar, jiggle the jar to release any air pockets. 

      With warm wishes for your home, 
      from the husMait home kitchen.
      Products used: 
      Stainless Steel Colander is part of the 11 Piece Bakeware Set

      Gluten Free Gingerbread

      Gluten Free Gingerbread

      A family favorite traditional Gingerbread cookie recipe that I have been baking for close to 40 years, and have substituted gluten-free flour, plant-based milk, and plant-based butter. 

      We loved the crisp texture and ginger flavor these cookies delivered!

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      English Scones

      A great English Scone starts with a great recipe- I used Nigella Lawson’s, Lily Scone recipe. I love that her website translates British to US measure with the click of a button - Thank you! There are two reasons I choose this recipe - one is the leavening agent and the second is the cold butter method. 

      Assemble everything you need first, equipment and ingredients. 

      Turn on the oven and prepare baking pans. I find it very helpful to read the directions thoroughly before beginning to assemble the ingredients. 

      I used a scale to weigh my ingredients. As directed I cut the butter, then returned it to the refrigerator until it went into the bowl. I think cold butter creates less gluten and allows the flour to stay loose and airy, which helps with the rise during baking.

      The recipe calls for two leavening agents Baking Powder and Cream of Tartar. Did you know that Baking Powder is simply 1 part Baking Soda plus 2 parts Cream of Tartar? When you use a part Cream of Tartar you create a better flavor in your Scone.  

      A few technical tips I have learned across the years, first do not over mix or over handle the dough, mix it just until the flour is incorporated. Second, after turning the dough out, knead it by folding and turning to allow the lamination to remain intact and only a few turns. Third, when cutting, push straight down and lift straight up with a lightly floured cutter, this allows for that puffy rise in the oven.

      This cookie cutter set will be a go to set for my kitchen with it’s versatility in sizing, easy clean up, and ease of use.  They are well weighted and comfortable in my hand.  

      An Instagram video of this recipe will be posted on Saturday Jan 30, 2021 come have a look at the process. 

      With warm wishes for your home,
      from the husMait home kitchen.

      husMait products used: 

      Stainless Steel Cookie Cutters - Set of 6.  This will be a go to set for my kitchen with it’s versatility in sizing, easy clean up, and ease of use.  They are well weighted and comfortable in my hand.  
      Signature Bakeware 5 Piece Set -currently the Silicone Pastry Brush & Stainless Steel Cooling Rack are only available in this bundle.

      Tea Biscuits

      In the husMait kitchen we baked the Forks Over Knives, The Cookbook, Tea Scones; and they are delicious! Although not traditional scones, the batter is scooped, not rolled and cut.

      It was so useful to have the Set of Three Melamine Mixing Bowls while following this recipe which required separate bowls for the dry ingredients, the liquids, and to blend almond butter and apple sauce. The bowls pair perfectly with our Silicone Flour Scraper. 

      Using a water spray bottle was a fantastic piece of advice in the FOK recipe to spray water into the cup between scoops so that the batter came out easier. We used the husMait 1/4 cup Stainless Steel Measuring cup for the perfect scoop.

       

      We experimented baking on both the 10 x 14 Non-Stick Baking Sheet, and the Silicone Baking Mat. The scones released cleanly and easily from both, while the baking sheet gave the scones a crisper bottom. The Baking Sheet and Silicon Mat are available individually or in the Essential Bakeware 5 Piece Set

      Served with a little jam, these are perfect with a cup of tea.

      Come over to our Instagram for a video tutorial! 

      With warm wishes for your home,
      From the husMait home kitchen.