For those of you who are home with the children over the next few weeks, here are 3 very easy baking recipes to keep them occupied.
The Simplest Sponge Cake
- 4 Eggs
- 225g Butter (at room temperature)
- 225g Self Raising Flour
- 225g Caster Sugar
- Some jam
- 1 tsp Icing Sugar
- Put all the ingredients, except for the icing sugar, into a mixer and mix until there are no lumps.
- Grease 2 shallow cake tins
- Divide the mixture equally into the cake tins
- Bake at 180c for 25-30 mins
- Remove from the oven once the cakes are golden and when pierced with a skewer, the skewer comes out clean.
- Leave them for 5-10mins, then remove from the tins and place on a rack to cool.
- Spread a cake with jam, pop the other on top and sieve the icing sugar over the top.
Sam's Chocolate Brownies
Ingredients (makes 12-16 brownies)
- 200g dark 70% chocolate (melted)
- 200g butter
- 350g soft brown sugar
- 4 medium eggs
- 150g flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- Pinch of crunchy sea salt (optional)
- Pre-heat the oven to 180c
- Line and grease a 20cm x 20cm baking tin
- Put all the ingredients (excluding the sea salt) in an electric mixer and blend until smooth
- Stir in the sea salt and pour the mixture into the baking tin
- Bake for 50-60 minutes, covering with foil after 30 mins to stop them from burning the top.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the baking tray before cutting into squares.
No-Knead Farmhouse Loaf
200ml luke warm water
1.5 tsp sea salt
2 tsp yeast
300g plain flour or white bread flour
1. Mix the water, yeast and salt in a mixing bowl
2. Add the flour and mix until it comes together in a sticky dough - top tip, use a table knife to mix with, it's much easier than using a wooden spoon!
3. Cover loosely with cling film and leave in a warm room to rise for 2 hours
4. Turn the dough out onto a generously floured board. Pull the top of the dough down around the sides and tuck them under the bottom. This'll make the dough into a nice, smooth and round loaf. Set aside for an hour to let it rise a bit more (uncovered)
5. Pre-heat your oven to 220c, with a baking stone or sheet in the middle of the oven. You can put a metal baking tray on the base of the oven too.
6. Sprinkle the loaf with flour and cut 2 or 3 slashes in the top with a knife. Put the loaf into the oven on the metal tray/baking stone. Add a cup of hot water to the metal pan (to produce steam) and shut the door.
6. Bake for 30 minutes. When you remove the loaf and tap the base it should sound hollow. Leave it to cool on a cooling rack.
That's it - it is honestly so simple and takes very little actual prep time...5 minutes to measure out and make the dough, then leave it for a couple of hours, then it's 5 mins to shape it, leave it 30 mins and then 2 mins to pop it in the oven.