Month: January 2017

Hazelnut & Blood Orange Cake

This Gourmet Traveller recipe has been on my ‘to try’ list for a ridiculous amount of time. The problem was always the scarcity of the two main ingredients here in Michigan. Blood oranges are available here around January & hazelnuts are hard to find reliably (at a reasonable price), let alone hazelnut meal*. However recently my friend told me that Trader Joes stock raw hazelnuts on a pretty regular basis, so this year when I saw blood oranges at the supermarket I decided to give this recipe a whirl. I’m glad I did, this was really a lovely cake to make. It was super easy to make & tasted fantastic. I followed the instructions exactly. My only note is that I probably poured too much of the syrup into the pan before putting the butter on, it didn’t really affect the cake so much, but because I had a springform pan it leaked a little & left a bit of a gooey mess on the drip tray. I also didn’t have much syrup left over …

Kyivskiy Dream Torte

Fresh cherries are always a part of our families Christmas meals in Australia. So when my in laws brought back a box of fresh sour cherries from the Red Hill Cherry Farm two days before Ukrainian Christmas I had the perfect opportunity to experiment with a version of one of my favourite cherry cakes, a Kyivskiy Torte. Basically it’s hazelnut meringue layered with cherries and chocolate buttercream. Whilst you can get versions of it in Detroit, none of them come close to what we used to get from Cakes of Fantasy in Ormond (Melbourne, Australia), and as a result I’ve been missing it terribly. I didn’t really want to recreate that cake exactly, (it’s a lot of work) but I did want something with similar tastes and textures.  I started with this recipe from Gourmet Traveller for a Lemon Dream Cake and this recipe from The Women’s Weekly for a hazelnut cake. There was a mismatch between the cooking times of the hazelnut cake and the original cake. So I tried to offset this by cooking the cake by itself for …

2017 Make Nine

These pictures are more inspiration for things I want to make/do this year, rather than specifics, but anyway, here are the 9 things I want to make this year. 1. Something off the shoulder After seeing so many gorgeous off the shoulder tops that i couldn’t fit into while pregnant, I would love to make one thay i can wear for the summer. I love the Seed top in this picture, but might also end up making something less ornate. 2. Kyivsky Torte version of Flour and Stone’s Lemon Dream Cake I’ve made this cake so many times now and it’s always a huge success, so I thought I’d try to make some new versions of it. The first one I’m going to try will be to combine the textures and layers of this cake with the flavours of another one of my favourite cakes, the Kyivskiy Torte (a layer cake with hazelnut meringue, chocolate butter cream and cherries). 3. Vyshyvanka for my husband I have been promising to make my husband a Vyshyvanka for YEARS. This is …