Friday, 12 August 2016

Deera Bakes: Blueberry Loaf & White Chocolate Drizzle

Hi all!

Hope you've all had an amazing week, I'm sat with a cuppa and nursing yet another soar throat (I don't know, guys - my immune system is rubbish) but what always cheers me up is a great blog post to write - especially a DoD bakes post! It feels like ages since my last baking post, so I'm back with other one which is perfect for the summer.

This blueberry loaf cake is the perfect mixture of a classic cake, summery fruits and strips of white chocolate on top. I definitely want to experiment more with loaf cakes, so look for more in the near future!




Scroll below for the recipe and instructions:

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
75 unsalted butter, melted
1 cup sugar
2 medium eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk
1 cup blueberries (plus a tsp extra plain flour)

Topping:

200g white chocolate, melted
Piping bag (optional)

Recipe

1. Mix together the butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla extract with an electric mixer.
2. Mix together the flour and baking powder in a separate bowl
3. Gradually add the flour mixture and milk to your other wet ingredients a bit at a time, mixing along the way. Stop until just combined.
4. Rinse and dry your blueberries, then cover them with a little flour and add to your batter - this will stop them from sinking to the bottom of your cake.
5. Line your loaf cake tin and cook for around an hour at 170 Celsius (150 for fan ovens.
6. Once a toothpick comes out clean, take your cake out and cool it on a wire rack.

The topping is super simple: melt some white chocolate - the easiest way is to microwave it for 30 second bursts, mixing it at each interval. I put mine in a piping bag and snipped the top to make it cleaner to drizzle, but you can easily drizzle by dipping it into a fork and doing back and forth motions over the cake. It should dry in a few hours in given the current weather, but I left mine overnight.

Tadah! A really easy loaf cake with a burst of berries and some chocolate, definitely one I'll be making again.

What's your favourite summery dessert?

Keep it real,

Zahra D x 



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Monday, 8 August 2016

Meet my Kittens!


Hi all!

Hope you're doing fab today, I thought I'd write up this little post to answer a few of the questions I've been getting about my adorable kittens. My cat, Pushkin, gave birth just over two months ago to five gorgeous little things. Seems like perfect timing as well considering it's International Cat Day, (wahey!).


They've grown so much and so fast these past two months  - I can still remember when they were wobbling around as they learned to walk, and now they're running riot around the kitchen biting each other and playing.

Most of them will be going to their new homes soon (we're keeping one, though!) I'm sure they'll get all the love and attention they deserve, but I'm definitely going to miss having these little monsters around.


Warning: this post will feature a lot of kitty photos:










So like I said, our girl had 5 kitties, 3 boys and two girls - which was a surprise to us when the vet said so as we thought they were all boys! 

We named the fluffy black & white one PJ (Pushkin Junior - I know, really creative, but it sort of stuck) - he is seriously the most chill and well behaved kitten. Also he has a habit of throwing himself on the floor and falling asleep almost at once which I find quite entertaining. We're keeping him :)


This cute thing is Bambi - which is lowkey funny since the character Bambi is meant to be a boy, but we discovered the kitten was a girl so...take from that what you will.

These two were hard to tell apart for a while but as they've grown, one has become really slender now compared to its fluffy counterpart - we haven't actually named these, but I just think of them as 'the twins'. The slender one plays really rough (I've had a few scratches from him).

And finally we have this cute one with a mixture of of black, white and ginger - it sort of reminds me of those chocolate chewy Werther's Originals that they used to sell (I loved those). We've nicknamed her Hyena as a bit of a joke because of her fur and the way she acts with food - always pushing the others away with her paw when she's really hungry  - clearly can't share!

As ever, share your thoughts in the comments!

Keep it real,

Zahra D x

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