Birthdaycake for the win

Yesterday was my sisters birthday. A few weeks ago I texted her, telling she needed to throw a party because I had planned to bake her a cake. For a while now, I’ve been craving cake. But I can’t make a cake just for me, that’s not right. Even if I made one and treated my friends with some pieces, it would be a lot of cake on me, because the chocolate cake I bake isn’t small; it’s big.

Hanne invted me for her birthday and did what I had promised; I made chocolate cake. I couldn’t, of course, resist take some photographes while baking. Here are some photos from the baking:

To the left you can see my new, awesome sifter – all retro-looking. As you can see of the top photo, the cake contains a lot of butter (300 grams, and that is only the bottom, no icing including). I’m pretty sure that one thing that make the cake so friggen yummy.

I made the cake look like the letter H, since my sister’s name is Hanne. But I also did it because then I could keep some cake for myself. Clever, ay? I’m eating cake as we speak.

If the cake looks yummy and you want to try bake it, here is the recipi:

Chocolate cake in a roasting tin.

4 eggs
4 cups of sugar
2 cups of milk
4 teaspoons of vanilla sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
5 1/3 cups of flour
300 gram butter (melted)
4 tablespoons of cocoa powder

1. Stir eggs and sugar “white”
2. Pour in the melted butter.
3. Mix the dry stuff in a bowl.
4. Pour in the dry stuff and the milk in turns.
5. Put the batter in a roasting tin.
6. Bake the cake in the oven at 180 degrees celcius in about 45 minutes.

Icing:

6.6 decilitre of icing sugar
130 gram butter (NOT melted, but should be out of the fridge to get soft, easier to work with then)
4 teaspoons of vanilla sugar
7-8 tablespoons of warm coffee
2 tablespoons of cocoa powder

1. Mix the dry stuff.
2. Cut the butter in pieces and toss it in.
3. Put the warm coffee.
4. Stir until there’s no pieces of butter left and the icing is smooth.
5. Put it on top of the cake

On top of the icing you can decorate it with for instance smarties.

Enjoy!


I love cinnamon buns

I’ve been wanting to make cinnamon buns for a long time now. It must’ve been weeks, if not a month, maybe close to two. I’ve tried to find a recipi online, but I haven’t been sure which one is the best. They have all been a little bit different. Last sunday, when I was visiting my parents and a friend, I went up to my friend Linda’s parents. Her mum makes lovely cinnamon buns, and I wanted her recipe. She let me copy that. I also got a recipe for raisin buns, which I will try another time.

Sunday is the best day to bake.  I decided a few days ago that I would bake something for our national day that’s on the 17th. There was no other things I could bake than cinnamon buns.

Here is the recipe:

125 grams of butter
5 dl. milk
50 grams of  yeast, the sweet one
1 table spoon of salt
2 table spoons of cardamom
1-1,5 dl of sugar
1 egg
1,5 liter of flour (maybe a bit less)

Inside filling:

200 grams of butter
2 dl. of sugar
3 tablespoons of cinnamon

Mix the butter, sugar and cinnamon.

Topping:

icing sugar
water

Mix icing sugar and water together.

How to make them:

Mix flour and butter. Mix the sugar, salt and cardamom. Mix it with flour and butter. Add the egg. Heat up the milk so it’s lukewarm. Add the yeast and stirr until it’s no lumps left. Add the milk/yeast mix into the rest.
Knead for ten minutes or so. Let the dough rise to double size.

Take the dough out of the bowl. Cut it on two. It’s easier to work with a smaller portion.
Roll out the dough to a rectangle. Put on a layer with the butter-sugar-cinnamon-mix. Then you take one of the long sides and start to roll it up, into a saussage. Slice up the dough into small pieces, each about 1,5-2 cm thick.
Put them on baking paper.

Turn the oven to convection, 70 degrees C. Put the cinnamon buns inside. After 5 minutes you take them out and let the stay a lukewarm place for 10-15 minutes.
Turn off the convetion and put on the oven on 225 degrees. Put in the buns and take them out after about 10 minutes. They will then be golden on top.

How many cinnamon buns you’ll get, depends on how big you want them. Mine got big and I got 26 buns.

I can’t bake without take pictures, can I? No, I can’t. Before I started baking I saw a blog post based on this. And that’s how it turned out. This is the baking in pictures.

Yeast. Basic ingredient in baking. This is the sweet one, which you use in buns, pastry etc. The normal one you use for baking bread. At least that the kind of yeast we have here in Norway.

The dough, double size!

A big wodden rolling pin.

The filling. Butter, sugar and cinnamon. Oh so yummy!

The dough rolled out with a layer of filling on top. Then you roll up the dough, make it look like a saussage.

The cinnamon buns just got out of the oven. Still hot.

The buns need a little topping. Mixed icing sugar and water.

Before and after the topping.

I don’t wanna brag, but to be honest, I nailed the cinnamon buns. It’s my first time making them too. I’m so happy. Since I have so many, I’ll bring a few to the office tomorrow.

It’s a rainy day and I’m baking bread

It’s been a grey day today. It’s been raining most of the day; not heavy, but drizzling. There hasn’t been any weather to do things outside; not to be outside at all actually.

This morning, when I woke up, I realised I had to find some indoor activities to occupied myself. I decided it would be nice to bake something. I thought about chocolate cake and bread. To bake any of those two things, I needed to go to the grocery store. In fact, I needed to go to the grocery store just to get breakfast! There was nothing I could eat!

Since I don’t have my own car, here at  my parents house, I went up to my uncle to borrow his. We had an agreement; I could borrow his car whenever I wanted while I was home. So I took his car to the grocery store and bought a lot of food. And after I’d finished the shopping, eaten dinner, watched some TV, returned the car and had a nice chat with my uncle, I started on baking the bread.

Cheese slicer. Norwegian invention! Handy little thing.

Yummy bread with goat cheese. This is a norwegian speciality. Oh so yummy! I love when it melts on the bread.

 Nom, nom, nom, nom!

The rest of the day passed with my watching (some crap) on TV, watch my fave Norwegian football team (LSK) lose against my second fave Norwegian football team (Hønefoss BK) 2-3, texting football messages with my dad who is in Nice on vacation, talk to Chantie about heartbreaks and finally deciding when she’s coming over to see me. Flight tickets were booked this evening. YEAH BABY! I’ve also watch an ep. of NCIS LA and cried when an agent died in today’s episode.

Right now I’m listening to Scouting for Girls on Spotify. Their album Everybody Wants To Be On TV is lovely. Don’t remember how I came across it; I think I read something about them in the newspaper actually. I decided to check them out and I’m happy I did!

Now it’s time to go to bed. Lets hope tomorrow will be rainfree. Or else I might have to bake again…

the baking lady

It’s sunday and sundays are perfect for baking. I have wanted to bake something since friday, but I didn’t buy anything special when I went to the grocerystore on friday. My cupboard and fridge is usually filled up with baking-ingredients.

I went through my selfmade cookbook and ended up with chocolate cupcakes. I had also marble cake, waffles, and some other cakes in mind.

Before I started I had to put on my new Dutch apron. When me and Chantie visited her mum during my stay in Alkmaar, she had bought me a few present. The Dutch apron was one of them. It is so cute! The pocket in the front is a nice touch.

The recipie of the cupcakes, you can find here; it’s an old blog-post. I’m eating cupcakes now while writing here. Nom, nom, nom.

I think I need to bake some more soon. I have a box with cream I need to use before it goes bad. Since my friend Bjørg is coming for a visit next saturday I think we need to make waffles. It has to be as dessert. For dinner we are going to my fave restaurant Mr. Hong to eat Mongolian buffet. I get all giddy just by thinking about it!

Now it’s time for me to go watch Mythbusters and make a birthday card for Bjørg.

I have a few other birthdaycards to show and tell you all about the scrapping fair I went to yesterday. But that will have to wait until another day (hopefully tomorrow).

I ♥ baking

I love to bake. But you all knew that already didn’t you? Today I’ve had a baking-evening with Ellen. We were going to bake Christmas-cookies. I don’t like that many Christmas cakes. The only two I like I don’t know how to make. These, which is called Serina cakes, I made for mum. She has enough to bake already so I thought it was nice to bake some for her. I always bake these before Christmas.

The recipie:

150 gram butter
1 1/3 deciliter of sugar
1 egg
4 deciliter flour
1 tea spoon vanila sugar
1 tea spoon baking powder

Stirr the butter and sugar until it’s “white”. Add the egg. Mix the dry ingredients and add it to the dough.

Make round little balls. Place them on a plate. Push them down with a fork. Brush the top of the cookies with albumen and sprinkle sugar (pearl sugar) and chopped up almonds on top.

In the oven for 10 – 20 minutes (depends on the size of the cookies) at 190 degrees celcius.

Ellen baked some cookies I don’t remember the name of. It is traditional Christmas cookies. We had a lot of fun baking. I was ready way before her, since I had made the pastry days before, so I helped out Ellen with her cookies.

After baking for a few hours, we made dinner – pasta. Yum! It was delish. We watched Nanny 911 and half of Extreme Makeover, Home Edition.  I had chocolate for dessert after Ellen left. When I think about it, I’m still eating chocolate.

Chocolate cupcakes (nom, nom, nom)

In the grocerystore today I went past the baking aisle and I saw these boxes where you can bake a cake in three steps. Instantly my cake  crave began. I knew I had to bake some sort of  cake today. Not the easy way, with a box, but from one of my own recipes.

I landed on chocolate cupcakes. Good idea. Very good idea!

What you need is:

  • 100 grams of butter
  • 100 grams of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 deciliter of milk
  • 100 grams of flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon of cocoa

And you do like this:

  • Stirr butter and suger until it’s ‘white’.
  • Stirr the eggs and add the milk.
  • Put flour, baking poweder and cocoa together.
  • Add the fluids and the dry stuff little by little.
  • Fill up cupcake cups 3/4.
  • In the oven on 200 degree celcius in about 20 mins.

This will give about 15 small cupcakes. Today I doubled the recipe. I wanted lots of cake!

cakemosaikSome of the ingredients.

When the cupcakes came out of the oven, it was time to decorate them. You need icing sugar to do that. And some food color of course.I got red, blue , green and yellow.

colors

Only your creativity will stop you when decorating. Here are some samples of what I did.

cupcakes

What else is there to say?

Nom. Nom. Nom. Nom. Nom.

 

 

 

What to do when it rains?

The weather cast had earlier this week said it would be 19 degrees and no rain yesterday. So I thought I finally would be able to go out and take some pictures yesterday. Waking up at 8 o’clock and realising it was all wrong, was a major disappointment. It made me rather moody to see the clouds and the rain! Would it ever stop raining?

So, what do you do when it doesn’t stop raining?

Watching TV is a good idea. I watched lot on BBC Lifestyle, one of my fave channels to watch. They have programmes about interior/design, food and renewing yourself clothes-wise. Three things I love! I watched What Not To Wear with Trinny & Susannah. Ah I love that show.

There was a short while  where it didn’t rain. I took that time and went out to the strawberry field we got. Field? uhm.. it’s four rows and each are like 3 meters. More like a patch than a field maybe. I picked two bowls with strawberries. It never ends. I went up to the neighbours (Linda’s parents) with one bowl. I thought it would be nice to give them some. Terje was there too. He has vacation. I was there for quite some time, at least an hour. It was very nice.

When I came home I went to the grocery store. I had planned to make soup/stew for my parents and there were some things I didn’t have; like saussages, leek onion and some more potatoes. I started on the soup/stew as soon as I got home. It’s quite some work to make that dish. Lots of chopping and peeling. But the end-result is always good!

stew

 

100709-1In between making the soup/stew I started baking raisin buns. I’ve been wanting to make that all week. I bought this pack on monday with a flour-mix. You just add water, yeast and rasins. Very easy. Yesterday I finally got around to make them.

I must confess I didn’t use that baking bowl to make the dough. I only put the dough in it to get a cool picture. haha. I used a ugly brown one that comes with the kitchen machine I used.

The baking bowls are new. I bought them on tuesday when I went shopping with Linda at Bjørkelangen. Three bowla in different sizes for only 149 nok. Great buy! I’ve been looking for bowls like that. And i had found some, but they were way more expensive than these! I guess the sallest one had had looked at cost about the same as these three together!

 

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This is the end-result. The buns are looking great, ay? They are huge! And they tasted delish. I have to bake buns like these more often. It doesn’t cost much and it’s yummy. Esp. yummy if you cut them in half and add butter and brown cheese on them. Ohhh. That is very delish.

Right now, it’s not not raining outside. It’s not sunny, but at least it’s not raining. I think I better go outside and look for todays door. I have one in mind, but I’m gonna go see if there is ossome other door that is better! Today will be my 26th door. Quite cool and impressive I have to say.

First day of vacation: Cleaning and baking

Ah. This is my first day of this weeks vacation. I haven’t thought about the office once and that feels great. I was up quite early today – 09.15. I didn’t do much productive things the first hour; I was just watching the morning show on TV and ate breakfast.

When that was done and I had get dressed, I started to doing some usefull things. The plan was to do as much as possible before 16.00, because I had hoped to see Ellen around that time. We talked about meeting up today, since it’s her last day before her full time job starts. It didn’t work out as planned.

After vaccuming the whole apartment, washing the bathroom and cleaning in the kitchen I got an sms from Ellen. She was too tired to meet. So the movie and dinner I had suggested (Milk with Sean Penn & pasta) had to wait. She came late last night home from her vacation in Türkey and was too tired to do anything else than rest on the couch. Oh well… I was a bit bummed, but could not do anything else than carry along with what I was doing.

I went to the grocerystore to buy a few different things. I esp. needed some almonds for the cantuccinu I’m making mum for her birthday. You know, mum is not the easiest person to buy a present for. She’s kind of picky. But I don’t think I can go wrong with home-made biscuts, can I?

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  • 400 grams of almonds chopped up in quite large pieces
  • 350 – 400 grams of sugar
  • 500 grams of flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tea spoon with backing powder
  • 2 tea spoons with vanilla sugar

You mix all of it together. Make sure everything is blended well. It can be a bit hard (esp. if your mixingbowl is a bit too little as mine was). Then your oll out long, quite thin sausages and place them on a plate with baking paper undertneeth. You bake them in the oven for 15 -20 mins on 200 degrees celsius. Take the plate out and cut them into pieces (as long as your fingers) slantwise. Then turn down the heat to 150 degrees celsius and leave them in the oven until they are golden brown.

This biscuts are very hard and it’s meant that you shall dip them in coffee before you eat it.

In addition to the biscuts, the plan was to get her Leonard Cohen’s Live in London on DVD and CD. The CD is ok, I got that covered. But the DVD… I was just downtown to buy it and then they tell me it’s sold out! WTF? Sold out?! Blargh! I see the online store (same store) has it, but I’m not sure it will be delivered on time. I will need it by friday. And I don’t wanna pay for the shipping. It’s useless to only buy one item, because then the DVD will be much more expensive. Hmm. Maybe I’ll just give her a gift certificate and say she has to buy the DVD when it’s not sold out. I think I’ll do that…

It’s twenty minutes left until Top Model is on the TV. YAY! I can’t wait! I just love that show so much. And today it’s the day for their makeover. It will be lots of drama and tears shred I assume. People are crazy when it comes to their own hair. I know how I can be coming from the hairdresser. haha. I know that hair means a lot to you, but when you’re on a show like Top Model, you just have to shop whine, do whatever they want and actually believe that they know what they are doing. Because they are!

I’ll probably pop in later for some more rambling. You know, I’m in a blogging-mood today!

Hasta la vista. I’ll be bak!  ;)

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