Tuesday, 5 May 2015

What a Difference a Day Makes

What a difference a day makes; blue skys and sunshine yesterday and perfect for some gardening

Grey skies and rain the next, perfect for anything indoors;

 like baking a delicious quince cake topped with cream cheese frosting and poached quince slices to have for dessert

and listening to music whilst you cook. This is a lovely version of  What a Difference a Day Makes by the late Amy Winehouse.

Quince Cake

1 1/2 cups grated quince (2 large, peeled and cored))
1 cup grapeseed oil
2 eggs
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup walnut pieces
1 – 1 ¼ cups plain flour
1 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons nutmeg

Cream Cheese Frosting
125 g cream cheese
90 g soft butter
2 cups icing sugar
finely grated rind /zest of 1 lemon j
1 tablespoon lemon juiceuice

To Decorate
Poached quince slices or chopped walnuts

Grease and line the bottom of a springform tin.

Place oil, eggs, sugar, grated quince in a large bowl.  I use an electric hand beater on low to mix them.

Add 1 cup of the flour, bicarb soda, walnuts and spices and mix, making sure that it is well mixed. Add the extra flour if it seems a bit too wet.

Pour into the greased and lined tin. Bake 150 Deg C until a skewer tests clean, approx an hour and a half.

When cooked remove from oven and allow to cool in tin for at least half an hour.

Once completely cold, spread with cream cheese frosting and decorate with finely sliced poached quince or chopped walnuts.


To Make Frosting

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and beat until smooth and fluffy.

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