Inheritance Recipes - February 17 : Round up

February is a fun month for food bloggers and that was reflected in the entries. We heard how Only Crumbs remain proposed with her Loveheart shortbreads, travelled back in time to Italy with Gillian's Kitchen and her authentic Paolozzi meat sauce.

A place we don't visit very often on this challenge is Danemark but we now can "Dessert like Danes" thanks to Fab food for all and her family recipe: Danish Fedtebrod 

Shaheen decided to spread the love and show the next generation how to beef up traditional recipes with her Black Beans Chili with Red Pepper Hearts

From her Polish Kitchen Coffee & Vanilla gave us a Chocolate Cheesecake like no other and from her archives a Red Borscht 

We read about how it was to grow up on Cape Breton in Canada and how a Jewish family celebrates Tu B’Shevat, the New Year for Trees, with respectively Cape Breton Scones and a fruity Challah

In celebration of the art of childhood memory, White Chocolate and Raspberry Cremes Brulees by Gluten Free Alchemist and les Bugnes Lyonnaises

Join us with your recipes in March, find the linky at Coffee 'n Vanilla

Cauliflower Cake - Choux-Fleur Cake

My Beetroot and Chocolate muffin recipe was a runaway success and I am hoping that this Cauliflower Cake will be the same. Though one can imagine quite readily the taste of the former, the latter might be a little more complex to conjure.

Choux-Fleur Cake is moist with a crunchy nut topping. It smells slightly of cauliflower but when I bought it The Queen's Orchard where I volunteer, nobody was able to name the secret ingredient. This cake is a dessert and not a savoury cake. 

Besides cauliflower, this cake contains 1 Bramley apple, the old favourite cooking apple. The original Bramleys were propagated in Nottingham in the early 1800's, things you learn when volunteering!
There are only a few cooking apples (proper). Of course, any apple can be cooked with a varied degree of success. Blenheim Orange is another, it has a nutty flavour and goes way back to the 16th century.

He first spotted the recipe in Garden News whilst on a visit to his mum. I have not modified it much.

175g plain flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
2 1/2 tsp cinnamon
110 salted butter, diced
110g golden granulated sugar
50g ground almonds
110g peeled, cored Bramley cut in small pieces
2 tbsp lemon juice
110g cauliflower floret grated
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 medium eggs beaten
50g chopped walnuts
1-2 tablespoons Demerara sugar

Preheat oven to 160C fan oven / 180 conventional
grease 20cm cake tin (pref loose bottomed)

1- sieve flour/ baking powder/cinnamon into a food processor
         note that using a food processor will produce best results
2- Add butter, sugar, ground almond and whiz
3- Then eggs and vanilla to the mix
4- mix the cauli and the apple in a bowl with the lemon and add to the mixture, give it a quick pulse and transfer to the baking tin.
5- Combine walnuts and sugar and scatter on the top. Bake for 40-45 minutes do the skewer trick to see if it's cooked, if not leave it to cook for another 5 minutes. Let it cool before turning out.

Click on the picture to see the recipe of the Chocolate and Beetroot muffin

I am sharing with Cook Blog Share hosted by Hijacked by Twins.
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Give-Away #36 :One OXO GOOD GRIPs Non-Stick Pro Sponge/Sandwich Tin worth £19.00

I am considering making a Choux-Fleur Cake but not the savoury kind rather the sweet kind and this baking adventure will require professional baking equipment. Thank goodness, the good people at OXO GOOD GRIPs have offered to lent me a hand by sending me their Sandwich Tin.

I like the idea of a solid straight wall and micro-textured pattern which ensures even baking because let's face it, I need all the help I can get when it comes to baking cakes. 

Even more exciting, you get a chance to win the same sandwich tin worth £19.00, just use the comment box and the Rafflecopter to tell us what you'll cook with it. Competition ends on the 28/2/17 at midday  Good luck

What's new in the Kitchen #17: Love

Mr Kipling who "makes exceedingly good cakes" went a tiny-wee-bit overboard this Valentine's with a "boo-cake" made from 80 long-stemmed roses which display Kipling's cakes at their best. Slightly outside our budget at £400 but ....

The alternative a smaller bouquet of 20 roses sold from Mr Kipling's Facebook page for £30 is a fun idea.

Last year, I had the pleasure to meet Antonio Carluccio who spent the last 50 years sharing with us his passion for Italian food. He regaled the audience with tales of his beginning and made us  blush when he revealed one of his secret dreams,

"To make love on a bed of basil". Here is one of his creations for Valentine's day: Amore E Baci

For more Valentine's ideas head to:
Elizabeth Kitchen diary

This is not a paid post, I was sent a sample by Carluccio's. As always, wording and opinions expressed are our own.

Coconut Macaroons : A Kitchen Disaster

biscuit, little treat, easy recipe, coconut macaroon

Don't they look just adorable? so much so that you could almost reach out and bite into one. Well, don't. Pictures like people lie. They were a real disaster.

At first, I thought my skills were in question as I am not the best of bakers but, after a few week when the initial "outrage" had passed, I compared recipes and I was not entirely to blame. The recipe used was a "double baking" recipe similar to a biscotti recipe and of course.....I never read the recipe to the end. I served them single baked, yurk, and double baked them for the picture. But, by then nobody was interested anymore.

The experience will have taught me one thing. Even if I had taken my time with the recipe I would not have felt comfortable with the double baking and if you are not comfortable with a recipe, you should look for another and whichever one you choose when baking, stick to the proportions and the instructions.

In fact, Coconut Macaroons are simple to make, perfect for school holidays

  • 2 free range eggs
  • 225g  desiccated coconut
  • 150g  caster sugar
  • glace cherries to decorate

  • Method 
  1. In a large bowl, Beat the eggs thoroughly, add the coconut and the sugar, stir.
  2. Prepare a couple of baking trays by lining them with a baking sheet, if you have only one tray, you'll have to bake two batches.
  3. Shape 16 balls, they don't have to be perfectly round, if fact, it's unlikely that they will be.
  4. Place them on tray(s) decorate and bake in a preheated oven 180C/gas 4 for 25 minutes, they might need a little longer so keep an eye and let them back for another 5 minutes if they are not golden.
 Tip: Macaroons will stay fresh for a week in an airtight container.

February 2017 - Inheritance Recipes

More than ever we need to celebrate DIVERSITY. Please join us in February with your family recipes wherever you are in the world, through your recipes in the pot, let's be proud of our roots. let's share our stories.


Inheritance Recipes is a challenge that Margot of Coffee and Vanilla and I have started to celebrate dishes food bloggers cherish. We would love to hear about your friends and family recipes.

Recipes which have been passed down by a family member, a friend, through an ancestral culture and dishes which you would like to bestow to future generations.

See some examples on the January round-up

We will share your recipes via our social media channels and include them in the round-up (with pictures) at the end of the month. We will also add your recipes to the Inheritance Recipes Pinterest board (that has 2.3 K followers) and include your blog’s handle in our Inheritance Recipes list on Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe to them both!


Please, link back to challenge page on both: Pebble Soup and Coffee and Vanilla blog.

If possible, display one of the IR badges on your recipe post. (Click through to open one of the badges, right click to save it to your computer and then upload badge to your blog.)

Feel free to link up to past posts but please, update them with links to the challenge pages to qualify.

Recipe suggestions:
  1. traditional recipes or preparation methods,
  2. national recipes from all over the globe,
  3. dishes that you often prepare with your children (starting a new tradition),
  4. recipes inspired by childhood memories,
  5. dishes inherited from a family member or a friend.
Closing date is the 28th February.

Please note that entries that fail to follow “how to enter” instructions won’t be approved.

If you use Twitter to promote your recipe, please use #InheritanceRecipes, tweet it @coffeenvanilla or @solangeweb and we will re-tweet it.

And last but not least, have a look at the terms and conditions if you haven't yet done so.
We can't wait to see your recipes and read their stories.

Polish Style Chocolate Cheese Cake by Coffee & Vanilla

Cap Breton Fruit Scones
by Elizabeth's Kitchen Diary and Loveheart shortbread
 by Only Crumbs remain

white chocolate and raspberry 
creme brulee by Gluten Free Alchemist

Red peppers chili hearts by AK2

Danish Fedtebrod 
by Fab food for all

Paolozzi meat sauce


Red Borscht and bugnes from Coffee and Vanilla and Pebble Soup



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