Thursday, June 30, 2011


200 grams dark chocolate
160 grams butter
5 eggs (seperated)
160 grams almond meal
160 grams castor sugar
1 tea orange zest
1 tea orange juice

Heat oven to 170'.  Melt chocolate and butter, cool, and stir in almond meal, sugar, egg and orange juice and zest.  In a clean dry glass or metal bowl whisk egg whites with remaining sugar and fold gently into mix.
Spoon into muffin trays lined with muffin papers and bake for about 35 minutes.

Friday, June 10, 2011

"Bran Brack" Fruit Cake

I was given this recipe by one of my dearest friends Sjaan who cooked it for one of our craft get-togethers. There is an option to change it and I tried both and like the one with the additions better.
Great when on the road as the ingredient list is small.

500 gr mixed fruit (home brand works well)
300 ml carton of iced coffee
1 cup self raising flour.  (If cooking this in a Dream Pot or other thermal cooker increase the flour to 1.25 cups.)
Soak the fruit in the coffee overnight, mix in sifted flour, line a loaf tin and bake for 1 hour in a very moderate oven.
The addition of 1 egg and 1/4 cup of rum or whiskey is a great idea and the cake is a little bit moister.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Damper (tried and true)

I got this recipe from someone on a forum I subscribe to they certainly recommend it and so do I

3 Cups of self raising flour,
1 1/2 teaspoons of salt,
4 ounces of butter,
1/2 a cup of water,
1/2 a cup of milk.

Mix well, add the water last, I have found that the mixture should not be too dry.

Spoon the mixture into a greased pie dish. Cut the the top of damper mixture with a sharp knife to a depth of about 1/2", I cut it into say 8 wedge pieces.

Pre heat the camp oven, I use a 12" dia one now with a trivet in the bottom so the pie dish is raised about 1/2" above the bottom of the camp oven.

I use an old electric fry pan as a base to put heat beads into and support the camp oven.

For the 12" oven I use 6 heat beads under & 18 on top.

Once the oven is quite hot, add the damper, it should take about 20 to 30 minutes to cook. Midway through the timing remove the lid of the oven & baste the top of the damper with some milk, this will help to brown the top of the damper.

After say 20 minutes place a cooking metal skewer into the thickest area of the damper, it should not be moist at all. Another way to check if the damper when cooked through is to tap the top of it with your knuckles, it should soild hollow.