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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

food chocolate cake and all

I am getting ready for Christmas lunch tomorrow.
We are making empanadas
Here Wiki tells you how to make them.


Tomorrow I will be making a fresh beetroot salad. But I am not sure how to make it. I have made beetroot salad for myself but I do not know how to spruce it up.
There will be a lot of prawns and scallops and baby octopus. We made some marinade for these today which involved a lot of fresh ginger, garlic and chile.

For desert I will make a chocolate cake based on Jamie Oliver's Party cake recipe. I will add dulce leche in the middle instead of cream and peaches.
The recipe is here and here.
But once I make it and take photos hopefully I will add it here.
There is also fruit cake home made and Christmas pudding.
Too much food me thinks!
I am also going to make bellini's for the adults to drink.

Recipe for Jamie Oliver's Party Cake
Jamie's Party Cake recipe from his book " The Return of the Naked Chef"

3 rounded tablespoons cocoa powder
200gr/7oz caster sugar
200gr/7oz butter
3 large eggs
200gr/7oz self raising flour, sifted
1 rounded teaspoon baking powder
1 handful of flaked almonds
200ml/7fl oz double cream (heavy cream)
1 large handful of raspberries
1 large handful of strawberries

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas 4.

Line the bases of 2 x 20cm/8 inch cake tins with greased greaseproof paper.

Mix the cocoa powder with 4 tablespoons of boiling water until smooth. In a separate bowl, beat the sugar and butter until fluffy, add the cocoa mixture, eggs, flour and baking powder. Mix well, fold in the nuts. Divide the mixture between the tins. Bake for about 25 minutes. When cooked, allow to cool then remove from the tins.

Chocolate Topping -

100gr/4oz butter
100gr/4oz best cooking chocolate
100gr/4oz icing sugar
3 tablespoons milk

Melt the chocolate topping ingredients in a bowl over some slightly simmering water. Stir until blended well and allow to cool.

Whip the double cream to soft peaks and sweeten with a little sugar.

To assemble the cake, remove the greaseproof paper from both sponges. Drizzle each one with a little sherry, if you like. Spread the cream over one of the sponges, then sprinkle the fruit on top. Sandwich the second sponge on top and press down. Run a knife around the edge of the cake to smooth it off and drizzle over the chocolate topping.

Happy days, you've done it! But allow the chocolate topping to firm up slightly before tucking in.

Places in Sydney where you can get empanadas

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