Red Currant Mini Loaf

Red Currant Mini Loaf - Candy Coated Culinista

Well I am just loving the farmer’s market this year and I really just can’t get enough. My last trip I picked up red currants, purple gooseberries, scones, shortbreads and cookies, So it ended up being a heavy carb day and I was okay with that. Everything just looked so tasty it was truly hard to resist.

Yield/Serving: 8
Prep Time: 15 min.
Cook Time: 35 – 40 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
• ½ cup plain vanilla yoghurt
• 1 cup granulated sugar
• 3 large eggs
• ½ canola oil
• 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
• 2 tsp baking powder
• ¼ tsp kosher salt
• Zest from one whole lemon
• 1 cup fresh red currants

Assembly
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Spray pan with cooking spray.
3. Using a large bowl whisk yoghurt, sugar, eggs and oil until smooth.
4. Add in flour, baking powder, salt and lemon zest and combine until is smooth.
5. Pour batter into pan and add currants to the top.
6. Bake for 35 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.
7. Let cool in pan for 30 minutes and the turn out and let cool before serving.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
Red currants is another fruit I have never used before. I was so close to getting the elderberries; but a older gentlemen said it wasn’t worth the work and looking at how tiny those berries were I believed him. A one bowl recipe was exactly what was needed and this recipe came together is a flash. The slightly tart berries balance out the cake perfectly.

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Saskatoon Berry Scones

Saskatoon Berry Scones - Candy Coated Culinista

A lunchtime city walk became such a fruitful trip when I stumbled upon a Farmer’s Market a block from my office. Saskatoon berries look like blueberries; but are surprisingly related to the apple family. The city of Saskatoon was named after this berry.

Yield/Serving: 6-8
Prep Time: 20 min.
Cook Time: 20-25 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
• 1 cup 2% milk
• 1 tsp baking soda
• 4 cups flour
• 1 cup granulated sugar (use – 1/2 cup)
• 1 cup butter
• 1 large egg
• 2 tsp baking powder
• 1 tsp salt
• 1 – 1 ½ cups Saskatoon Berries

Assembly
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
3. Combine milk and baking soda together in a medium sized bowl and let rest.
4. Using a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
5. Cut butter into cubes and blend using a pastry blender.
6. Add in milk mixture and mix.
7. Gently mix Saskatoon berries and incorporate.
8. Flour work surface and lightly knead dough until a ball is formed.
9. By hand flatten dough and fold dough over again a few times.
10. Shape dough into a 9” circle, cut into 6 to 8 wedges, place on cookie sheet, and leave space between each piece.
11. Brush with milk and bake for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned on top.
12. Let cool a little and serve.

Tips
• You can also use a food processor if so desired.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
I’m surprised at how my scones always turn out. For some reason I just never know with scones and yet they come out soft and fluffy and bursting with flavour. All enjoyed these and the only comment was where the clotted cream and jam is. Now these had to travel so I didn’t bring those; but it was perfect none the less.

Gooseberry Ginger Thyme Honey Cake

Gooseberry Ginger Thyme Honey Cake - Candy Coated Culinista

Another trip to the farmers market and I found another interesting fruit; the gooseberry. These spiny fruits are quite sour if you eat them alone; but combining them with other ingredients results in a delightful cake.

Yield/Serving: 8
Prep Time: 20 min.
Cook Time: 50 min. to 1 hour
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
Gooseberry Cake

• 1 ½ cup gooseberries, stems and bottoms removed
• 1 knob of ginger, peeled and chopped
• 4 sprigs of thyme, leaves
• 2 tbsp honey
• 2 cups self-rising flour
• 1 tsp baking powder
• ¾ cup brown sugar, packed
• ¾ cups butter, softened, cut into pats
• 3 large eggs
Vanilla Glaze
• ¾ cups confectioners’ sugar
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• Milk, as needed

Assembly
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Place parchment paper in a 9” springform pan and set aside.
3. In a small saucepan over medium heat add a little water along with gooseberries, ginger, thyme and honey and bring to a boil and then to a simmer.
4. Place in a blender and blend until a puree.
5. Then place in a bowl in the fridge and let cool.
6. Using a medium bowl, sift flour and baking powder and set aside.
7. Using an electric stand mixer with the paddle attachment cream sugar and butter until pale and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes.
8. Add eggs one at a time followed by 1/3 of the flour and repeat until there is no more flour.
9. Add in gooseberry puree and incorporate.
10. Spoon mixture into prepared pan spreading evenly and bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour.
11. Using a cake tester insert and when it comes out clean and cake is a golden brown remove cake from oven.
12. Let cool for 30 minutes and then release springform and turn onto a large plate.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
When I tasted the gooseberries I thought to myself how am I going to make these less sour. I looked through my fridge for inspiration as the ginger and thyme popped out at me immediately. The cake has a subtle hint of gooseberry, thyme and ginger. I was pleasantly surprised; but I should know that when I cook on instinct with no real recipe, my best creations occur.

Naked Chocolate Birthday Cake with Buttercream Icing and Summer Berries

Naked Birthday Cake with Buttercream Icing and Summer Berries & Cherries – Candy Coated

I made this cake for my first God-son’s birthday as usual I make him a cake. This time I’m trying to make a more fanciful grown up cake.

Yield/Serving: Makes one 9 inch two-layer cake
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 1 hour
Difficulty level is: Medium

From Eat Delicious by Dennis the Prescott

Ingredients
Cake

• 2 cups all-purpose flour
• 2 cups granulated sugar
• ¾ cup unsweetened natural (not Dutch-process) cocoa powder
• 2 tsp baking powder
• 1½ tsp baking soda
• 1 tsp kosher salt
• 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted
• 2 large free-range eggs
• 2 cups whole milk
• ½ cup olive oil
• 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
• 2 tbsp Irish cream liqueur (such as Baileys)
• ½ cup boiling water
Buttercream
• ½ cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
• 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
• ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
• 3 tbsp heavy cream
Chocolate Ganache
• 4 ounces dark chocolate (70%), chopped into very small chunks
• 1/3 cup heavy cream
• Pinch of salt
Fruit topping
• 2 ½ cups fresh strawberries, hulled and halved
• 1 cup fresh blackberries
• 1 cup fresh blueberries

Assembly
Cake

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Grease two 9” cake pans with butter.
3. Using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, combine flour, granulated sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
4. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the butter, eggs, milk, olive oil, vanilla and Irish Cream.
5. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and beat on medium speed for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the batter is smooth. Scape down the sides if needed.
6. Slowly add the boiling water and then increase the mixer speed to high and beat for one minute.
7. Pour batter into two pans evenly and cover with aluminum foil. (The will make the cake moist and light)
8. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a cake tester inserted comes out clean.
9. Allow the cake to cool for 10 minutes in the pans and then invert out the cakes and let cool on a wire rack for 35 to 40 minutes or more.
Buttercream
10. Using the stand mixer with the fitted paddle attachment beat butter until creamy for about 1 minute.
11. Continue and add the confectioners’ sugar and beat on low speed and add in vanilla and cream.
Ganache
12. Place chocolate pieces in a medium sized bowl and set aside.
13. Using a small saucepan bring cream to a simmer over medium heat.
14. Pour cream over chocolate and after about 5 minutes add a pinch of salt and stir melted chocolate until smooth.
Fruit
15. Prepare the fruit and combine in a bowl.
Cake
16. Place cake on a cake stand or serving tray and spread buttercream in an even layer.
17. Top the buttercream with some fruit.
18. Place the second cake on top of the buttercream and spread the chocolate ganache all over the top. Ensure to let a bit of ganache run over the edge.
19. Arrange the remaining fruit on top of the cake.
20. Serve.

Tips
• If you don’t have a mixer with a bigger bowl than traditional size this mixture will spill out. Mix a medium speed at all times.
• The covering the cake in aluminum foil didn’t work for me at all. It just left the centre half extremely raw. It only began to properly bake once I removed the foil.
• I omitted the Bailey’s as this was a birthday cake for a child and used orange juice instead.
• I erred on the side of caution and let the cake cool over night or for at least an hour.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
This is hands down the best cake I have ever made and I didn’t even have to cover up my work with frosting because it turned out so well. This is an attention grabbing cake and is worth all the time and effort for a special birthday cake. This had a wow factor and was loved by all. The cake was light and moist and the ganache was shiny and with the addition of the fresh fruits it cut the sweetness of the buttercream. I was very proud of myself and this has given me the confidence to tackle a proper layered cake. I had very high hopes and this turned out smashingly.

Naked Birthday Cake with Buttercream Icing and Summer Berries & Cherries – Candy Coated

Naked Birthday Cake with Buttercream Icing and Summer Berries & Cherries – Candy Coated

Christmas Coconut Cranberry Cake

Christmas Coconut Cranberry Cake – Candy Coated Culinista

This cake screams the Christmas and winter season and with a mix of tart and sweet it’s a must try.

Yield/Serving: 8-10; 3 – 6” cakes
Prep Time: 30 min.
Cook Time: 45 min.
Difficulty level is: Medium

Ingredients
Cranberry Cake

• 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
• 1 cup granulated sugar
• 4 large eggs
• 1 tsp coconut extract
• 2 cups all-purpose flour
• 2 tsp baking powder
• ½ tsp sea salt
• ½ cup dried cranberries, roughly chopped
• ½ cup fresh cranberries, halved
• 2/3 cup coconut milk
• ½ can of jellied cranberry sauce (175 ml)
Coconut Buttercream
• 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
• ½ jar of marshmallow topping (106 ml)
• 1 tsp coconut extract
• 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
• 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Assembly
Cranberry Cake

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Line three 6” round cake pans and spray with cooking spray and then line with parchment paper and set aside.
3. Using an electric mixer with the paddle attachment; beat butter and sugar together until fluffy.
4. Add in eggs one at a time followed by coconut extract.
5. In a separate large bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, sea salt.
6. Add dried and fresh cranberries and mix into flour until evenly dispersed.
7. Add flour in 3 even portion into the butter mixture with 2 portions of coconut milk in-between until incorporated.
8. Split mixture in the three pans and slam on countertop removing air bubbles.
9. Place in oven and bake for 45 minute or until tops have just turned golden brown and a cake tester inserted comes out clean.
10. Let cool in pans for 40 minutes and remove from pans and place on cooling racks for 1 hour.
11. Pour cranberry sauce into a bowl and mash and set aside.
Coconut Buttercream
12. Using the electric mixer with the whisk attachment, beat the butter until fluffy.
13. Add in the marshmallow topping and mix for a minute and add coconut extract.
14. Add in confectioners’ sugar in three portions until buttercream comes together.
15. Even out the tops of the cakes using a serrated knife.
16. Place first cake on a cake plate and buttercream followed by some cranberry sauce on top and spread using an offset spatula. Ensure the liquid has been removed.
17. Then place the second cake followed by more buttercream and cranberry sauce and finally the last cake on top and set aside.
18. Put on the crumb coat of buttercream and place in fridge for 30 minutes to firm up.
19. Once firm place the finally coat of buttercream and then create swirls with your spatula.
20. Sprinkle coconut on top and press coconut all around the sides of the cake.
21. Tidy the edges and serve.
Sugared Cranberries
1. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat stir until sugar is dissolved.
2. Add in cranberries and coat with mixture.
3. Using a slotted spoon remove from mixture and let dry on a plate for 1 hour minimum.
4. Place sugar on a plate and roll cranberries through.
5. Decorate cake with sugared cranberries.
6. Serve.

Tips
• Make the frosting ahead of time and just take out of fridge prior to baking, about 4 hours minimum.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
Once again I am in love with these fruit cakes, especially as this one is so seasonal and is one of my favourite fruits. This cake came together very easily and since you don’t have to worry with perfect frosted edges, it makes it that much more a pleasure to decorate. The cake was tart and sweet and I have now found my ideal buttercream frosting. I will try this on a vanilla or chocolate cake and see how it turns out. There was a firmness that made frosting such an ease that I have my fingers crossed for my next cakes. This was a hit and half the cake was gone in no time. I made a second cake the next day for Christmas dinner for a church members families Christmas dinner and it was liked. I have to make this again for myself soon as I only had one slice myself and then the top I cut off as a quick taste.

Winter’s Day Turmeric Smoothie

Winter’s Day Turmeric Smoothie – Candy Coated Culinista

Sunshine in a cup with oodles of health benefits.

Yield/Serving: 2
Prep Time: 5 min.
Cook Time: 5 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
• 1 large banana
• Knob of turmeric
• 1 blood orange
• 1 large carrot, peeled
• 1 mango (optional)
• 6 ice cubes

Assembly
1. Add all ingredients together into a blend and blend.
2. Serve.

Tips
• Use turmeric powder if you can’t find turmeric roots

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
I love the colour and smell of this smoothie and I can totally handle turmeric now. It’s all about the dosage and now that I am using the right quantities and not purchasing turmeric cold pressed juices. I am a huge fan now and I notice all those health benefits associated with this root in this smoothie.

Mango Cheeks in Lime & Ginger Syrup

Mango Cheeks in Lime & Ginger Syrup – Candy Coated Culinista

A light dessert for those who prefer fruit for dessert instead of the usual chocolate.

Yield/Serving: 6
Prep Time: 5 min.
Cook Time: 5 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

From How to eat a peach

Ingredients
• 6 limes
• 1 ½ cup water
• ¾ cup granulated sugar
• 1 ¼ pieces of fresh ginger root, peeled and finely sliced
• 3 medium, perfectly ripe mangoes, peeled

Assembly
1. Zest 2 limes and put in a small prep bowl.
2. Finely grate another 2 limes and put into a small saucepan along with juice from the 6 limes and 1 ½ cups of water, sugar and ginger.
3. Heat on low at first stirring to let the sugar dissolve; then increase heat and let mixture boil.
4. Reduce mixture back to a simmer for 7 to 10 minutes or until its syrupy and let cool and chill.
5. Cut cheeks off the mangoes and eat the remainder of save for something else.
6. Slice cheeks and place in a shallow bowl or a high lipped plate and pour syrup over top.

Tips
• Make lime & ginger syrup a day ahead and save one lime skin to zest when ready.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
Such a simple and yet refreshing recipe. It’s like the fruit cocktails we all had as kids; but with a grown up flavour. I want to try this with other fruits now.

Prickly Pear Sorbet

Prickly Pear Sorbet – Candy Coated Culinista

Friday I found what is probably the last of the prickly pear and I knew immediately that it was time to dig out my ice cream maker.

Yield/Serving: 6-8
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cook Time: 55 min.
Freeze Time: 6 hours min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

From Sweet by Ottolenghi & Goh

Ingredients
• 1 cup granulated sugar
• 1 cup water
• 10-12 prickly pear
• ¼ cup lime juice
• 1/8 tsp salt

Assembly
1. Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan and place over low heat.
2. Swirl the pan every once and awhile until sugar has dissolved and then increase temperature to medium-high heat.
3. Let simmer for 8 minutes, then remove from heat, and let cool.
4. Store mixture in fridge until ready for use.
5. Peel prickly pear and rough chop and place in a food processor and process until a fine puree.
6. Transfer into a fine mesh sieve set over medium bowl and using a spatula press liquid into bowl and discard seeds.
7. Add in sugar syrup, lime juice and salt and plunge mixture into a ice bath and place in the fried until very cold.
8. Transfer mixture to ice cream machine and churn for 35 minutes or until soft waves form.
9. Transfer to a container and cover until solid, about 6 hours.
10. Before serving take out 10 minutes prior and then serve.

Tips
• Syrup can be made up to 2 weeks in advance and stored in the fridge until needed
• Sorbet will keep in freezer for up to a month.
• If you like the seeds keep seeds in the mixture.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
I can’t believe summer is almost over and I haven’t made any ice cream or sorbet yet. The cactus fruit has such a vibrancy that draws you in on first appearance; but then the distinct flavour that I have come to love just jumps out in this recipe.

Prickly Pear Sorbet – Candy Coated Culinista

Turmeric Ginger Juice Shots

Turmeric Ginger Juice Shots – Candy Coated Culinista

Now that I have found the right way to consume turmeric I want it all the time.

Yield/Serving: makes 12 (2 once) bottles
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cook Time: 10 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

From: Preservation Pantry – Modern Canning

Ingredients
• 4 cups orange juice (from 15 medium oranges)
• 1 cup fresh lemon juice (from about 6 medium lemons)
• 1” piece ginger, peeled, minced
• 1” piece turmeric, peeled, minced
• 1 tbsp local honey
• ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
• ¼ tsp ground black pepper

Assembly
1. Assemble canning stations by creating a tidy filling station, cleaning the jars and lids and set up stove station.
2. Slice fruit in half and juice.
3. Mince ginger and turmeric.
4. Place juice, ginger, turmeric, honey, cayenne pepper and black pepper in a stainless steel saucepan.
5. Once boiling turn heat down to low and steep for 5 minutes.
6. Place contents into a blender and blend for 3 minutes until no peels or pulp can been seen.
7. Strain the contents of the blender through a sieve and pour into a heat resistant container to cool down.
8. At the filling station keeping the jars and juice hot, fill the jars using a funnel. Ensure you leave a ¼” headspace.
9. Wipe each rim and secure lids.
10. Place jars in the water bath covered in 1” of water and once the water boils process for 10 minutes.

Tips
• I have ginger and turmeric in my smoothies daily so I doubled the amount of it because I am used to these ingredients.
• Wear gloves when working with turmeric as it can stain counters, skin and clothes. I never need to do this of have an issue; but just take note.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
Since I’m such a turmeric and ginger fan I doubled up on those two ingredients because I can tolerate them easily. This is a very spicy juice and the cayenne and black pepper adds a real extra unexpected but great kick. I enjoyed my shots straight or I put them in my daily smoothie to get those anti-inflammatory benefits. I wish I had doubled this recipe; but it just means I have to make this again soon.

Vanilla Bean Lemonade with Fruit Nectars

Vanilla Bean Lemonade with Fruit Nectars – Candy Coated Culinista

I never pass up a chance to have lemonade when I see it on the menu and now I can have this interesting lemonade at home.

Yield/Serving: 6 pints
Prep Time: 20 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

Slightly altered from: Preservation Pantry – Modern Canning

Ingredients
Lemonade

• 7 cups fresh lemon juice (from about 35 medium lemons)
• 1 vanilla bean
• 2 tsp almond extract (option instead of vanilla)
• 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
Mango Nectar
• 1 mango, peeled and chopped
• 1 cup of water
Guava Nectar
• 3 Guava, peeled and chopped
• 1 cup of water

Assembly
1. Assemble canning stations by creating a tidy filling station, cleaning the jars and lids and set up stove station.
2. Wash lemons under cold running water.
3. Roll lemons on the counter back and forth and pressing slightly.
4. Peel off rinds with a sharp knife.
5. Cut lemons in half and juice.
6. Cut vanilla bean in half from top to bottom and scrape the insides of the pod with a sharp knife saving the seeds.
7. Using a large stainless steel pot add lemon juice, 3 cups of water, sugar and vanilla bean pod and seeds.
8. Cook over medium heat until sugar has dissolved, stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes.
9. Pour liquid tough a fine meshed sieve into a heat resistant pitcher.
10. At the filling station keeping the jars and lemonade hot, fill the jars using a funnel. Ensure you leave a ¼” headspace.
11. Wipe each rim and secure lids.
12. Place jars in the water bath covered in 1” of water and once the water boils process for 10 minutes.
13. Remove jars and place on a tea towel and let rest for 24 hours, then check seal and label.
14. When serving lemonade add at a ratio of 1:1 or lemonade to water or sparkling water or sparkling wine.

Tips
• Use room temperature lemons to extract the most juice.
• If you don’t have a vanilla bean substitute with 2 tsp of vanilla extract.
• Save leftover lemons to stuff inside a chicken to roast.
• Use almond extract instead of vanilla
• Make fruit nectars to give some options like mango, guava, pineapple, peach watermelon or any seasonal fruits

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
Right now I am really into mango lemonade and watermelon lemonade. This will be a great base recipe to add my favourite fruits or even make this as a hard lemonade with vodka. I’m not fond of canning because there is just a lot of product and chances are I would be bored of the item no matter how long it was around the house. However; I wanted to give this a chance as I never tire of lemonade and I can change it up. I made some mango and guava nectar to give some options and I split the recipe and used almond extract as an option also. This is a recipe that you really can’t go wrong with and this is why I love it so much. I felt that the sugar level may have been too much; but it was the perfect amount as once you add the water the lemonade still is more sour than sweet. Canning really isn’t for everyone and I’m one of those people; if I can half batch or ¼ batch a recipe I will to make it work for me.

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