Friday, July 29, 2011

My Country Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of the home . It's a place we eat, socialize & as for me it's a place where all my projects begins. I love my kitchen to reflect the color of nature with pretty  lovely fabrics. A charming & homely feeling to it. A warm atmosphere in an otherwise face paced and indifferent world. Welcome to my kitchen.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Violette & Blueberry Ruffle Cake

Jane Austen moment in Pride & Prejudice

When Jane and Elizabeth were alone, the former, who had been cautious in her praise of Mr Bingley before, expressed to her sister how very much she admired him.

"He is just what a young man ought to be" said she, "sensible, good humored, lively; and I never saw such happy manners! - so much ease, with such perfect good breeding!"

"He is also handsome," replied Elizabeth; " which a young man ought likewise to be, if he possibly can. His character is thereby complete."

"I was very much flattered by his asking me to dance a second time. I did not expect such a compliment."

Pride & Prejudice - Jane Austen (1813)

Violette & Blueberry Ruffle Cake

For the cake:
200g butter
350g flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
200g sugar
3 eggs
4 egg yolks
300 ml milk
1 tsp Viollete essence
Blueberry jam
2 or 3 x 20 cm cake pan

Violette swiss meringue cream adapted from Whisk Kid & I've added 1 tsp Violette essence instead of vanilla extract. For recipe HERE


For cake:
1) Preheat oven to 180°C & grease cake pans. Sift flour, salt baking powder & baking soda.

2) Beat butter & sugar till light & fluffy.

3) Gradually add in eggs & yolks one at a time. Add in Violette essence & mix well.

4) Alternately  beat in sifted flour mixture with milk. Mix till all combined. 

5) Divide batter evenly between the 2 or 3 cake pans & bake for 35 minutes. Let it to cool.

6) Spread blueberry jam in the cakes. Topped with remaining cake & frost with Swiss meringue cream.

I'm entering this recipe to AlphaBakes challenge hosted by   Ros @ Baking Addict of The More Than Occasional Baker  & co-hosted with Caroline of Caroline Makes. And the random letter this month is 'V' ;