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Archive for the month “May, 2016”

Orange Cinnamon Tea Cake

I’ve drawn a bit of baking inspiration from my previous post, HERE. I enjoyed the Coffee and Cinnamon cake combination and so decided to try a different combination with my new winter flavour friend, Cinnamon. I decided on something fruity this time around and thought an orange flavor would go really well with the warm wintery taste of cinnamon, and it does.
Orange Cinnamon Tea Cake
To make this lovely tea cake, you will need:
1 whole orange
1.5 cups cake flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp bicarb of soda
3ml ground cinnamon
2 eggs
1 cup sunflower oil
1 cup milk
Place the whole orange in a small saucepan and cover with water. Boil until soft. Approximately 45min to 1 hour. While the orange is boiling, sift flour, baking powder, bicarb and cinnamon in a bowl. Add the egg, sunflower oil and milk and beat well with an electric hand beater until mixture has reached a smooth consistency. Set aside.
Once orange is soft, remove from the pot and allow to cool. Cut into large chunks with the skin on. Place into a food processor and blitz to a thick pulp. Set 1 Tbsp aside. Add the remainder of the orange pulp to the cake mixture. Combine well.
Pour cake mixture into pre-greased 20cm round, deep based cake tin and bake in a preheated oven of 160 degrees Celsius for 50min or until a skewer comes out clean.
625ml sifted Icing sugar
50ml soft butter
50ml milk
1 Tbsp orange pulp that was set aside
Combine all ingredients for the icing until a smooth consistency. Ice cake.
Orange Cinnamon Tea Cake
Decorate with dehydrated slices of orange. Slice orange into medium to thick rounds. Place on a baking tray and dust with granulated sugar. Dehydrate in a pre-heated oven of 140 degrees Celsius for about 1 hour or until orange rounds start to dry out and feel hard. Switch oven off and allow to cool in oven. Arrange on icing.


Cinnamon Coffee hot water sponge cake

Until now I have never baked with a combination of cinnamon and coffee. I can however understand the “meant-to-be-together” union between these two warm, wintery ingredients. Both elements exude a homely, inviting smell as they merge in the warmth of the oven. The end result is a delectable and delicious addition to an afternoon cuppa.
Cinnamon Coffee hot water sponge cake
You will need:
3 eggs separated
250ml castor sugar
375ml cake flour
1ml salt
5ml ground cinnamon
2ml ground nutmeg
30ml butter or oil
125ml strong black coffee
15ml baking powder

A lovely soft spongy cake

A lovely soft spongy cake

625ml sifted icing sugar
50ml soft butter
2ml ground cinnamon
5ml instant coffee powder
50ml milk
Whisk egg yolks and sugar until thick and pale. Sift together salt, flour and spices. Add to egg yolk mixture and beat again. The mixture will be crumbly. Melt the butter in coffee and add to the cake mixture beating until smooth. Fold in the stiffly whisked egg whites and lastly add the baking powder. Pour into 2 x 20cm pre-greased cake tins. Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for 25 – 30 minutes or until a cake skewer comes out clean.
For the icing:
Mix all ingredients together until smooth. Once cooled completely you can proceed to ice the cake.
Thick, creamy butter icing

Thick, creamy butter icing

Hot Milk sponge cake recipe HERE

A Television Kitchen recording studio in Durban

In the words of Chef Justin Quek, “First, knife skills. Then, knowing how to control heat. Most important is choosing the right product… the rest is simple.” – Well that’s what we thought in Durban and perhaps one never knows what’s cooking. Deen TV, Channel 365 on StarSat and 152 on Openview HD is about to inaugurate its brand new television kitchen-recording studio, the channel said in a statement.
Deen TV
The kitchen studio will be home to many cooking and baking television shows in Durban. Durban is home to a unique brand of cuisine and the location could not have been more apt. The Deen TV Kitchen studio is the brainchild of the channel’s Board Chairman, Hassim Jogee, who said that the project was in planning for two years. Jogee said that the broadcaster has reached a milestone by unveiling a high tech kitchen for the use of television productions.
The studio is fitted with the latest designs in kitchen cupboards, appliances and more. The facility was designed with the television audience in mind ensuring the best possible angles capturing all the action as it happens. Jogee added that he wished to thank sponsors like DEFY, KZN Boards, Maharani Tiles, Vawdas Interiors, H. J. Lighting, A. Sathar & Sons, Chatsmain Curtain & Blinds, and Breez Air Conditioners for making the project possible.
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The new studio sees the inauguration and launch of two brand new shows on Deen TV. What’s Cooking? will showcase the expertise of Chef Ismail Arbee as he takes us on a fun and experimental journey that will unlock your imagination and passion for cooking. The series will cover unique fusion-style dishes.
In a brief Interview Arbee said, “It’s a brand new venture for me and a pure adrenaline rush to be cooking in a studio with cameras all around showing the world what I love to do and sharing my experience with every one and teaching people new cooking techniques”. Some of the dishes that one will see on What’s Cooking? include a Lamb rack with a mint honey and pomegranate reduction served with a sweet potato and parsnip crostini. For fish lovers Arbee will whip up some grilled Sole fish with a lemon garlic and mint coriander sauce served with creamy mushroom and pea barley.
Now we all know a good dessert compliments a good meal. Another series to be filmed in the studio is titled “Simply Desserts”, hosted by renowned pastry chef Zahira Mohamed. Whether you’re skilled, or an amateur at baking, let Chef Zahira Mohamed introduce you to a world of hot and cold desserts with a modern take on your old favourites, as well as over the top creations that are trendy and spectacular. The most elaborate desserts are demonstrated and explained step by step on Simply Desserts so that no one gets left with an empty tummy.
Jogee also took the opportunity of thanking all that that was involved in putting the project together for their hard work, dedication and determination. Deen TV’s Kitchen Studio will film the inaugural episodes of the new series on Thursday the 5th of May 2016. VIPs and members of the media are expected to attend the grand opening event at the channel’s Durban facility – (Deen TV News)
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