Microwave Cake? – Passionfruit Sponge with Marinated Berries and Whipped Cream

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Market fresh Aussie passionfruit mmmmm!

C’mon,  I’ve baked for many, many (toooo many!) years, and yes, I’ve owned and loved using a microwave for at least 25 years.

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Like, really?  Microwave cake??

But, babe!  You know it, I know it, how come everyone on Masterchef doesn’t know it?  YOU CAN’T BAKE A CAKE WITH A MICROWAVE.  What is going on people?

There has been the inevitable, take over of the world, of microwave mug recipes.  Late night or quick dessert fixes, I get it;  I really do!  I even bought my daughter a mug cake recipe book for Christmas.  But, microwave sponges seem to be the biggest thing since Matt Preston, himself!  I am dragging my ‘Vans’, I know, but traditional techniques are what I taught myself, so even though this recipe is from 2014…

http://tenplay.com.au/channel-ten/masterchef/recipes/80-40-20–passionfruit-sponge–marinated-berries–whipped-cream

I’m testing it out, ‘coz I have been sucked in by the hype, over 1500 people have rated it 4 stars, and I NEED to know!!

How ironic that my ramekins were too big and I had to use teacups!
After 40 seconds in a 1100 watt microwave and it isn’t cooked
Another 20 seconds has done it
Ran a knife around the edges but it is still a little rustic when turned out

 

Texture was a little dense and rubbery but quite acceptable to eat warm with cream and berry compote as the recipe suggests.

 

Cooled to stale cake consistency after about an hour, dry and hard

 

Bliss

“Definitely a mug cake.  Great eaten warm but a little bouncy and slightly dense.  Tastes great and is a perfect, quick treat for pudding.  Cools to stale cake consistency within an hour.”

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DeleteRedNot a recipe I would do gluten free.  The texture would suffer even more with any substitutions

tickUnrefined sugar substitution suitable.  Raw castor sugar or Stevia would work well.

tickRecipe as written, is nut free.

 tickI would be happy to substitute any kind of vegetable or nut oil for the butter in this recipe

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What would I change? Hmmm, probably it’s name!  It is a great warm pudding or mug cake but would I call it a sponge cake?  Probably not.  It also needed 50-60 seconds in my 1100 watt microwave on high, not the 40 seconds as written in the recipe.

The flavour was great and would definitely have been great with the Chantilly cream. I personally wouldn’t want to serve the passionfruit pudding with berry coulis though.

To ‘Bliss’ it, I would serve it with double or triple cream or even a custard.  I think a matcha infused custard with white chocolate, would have been gorgeous with this little pudding!

This recipe has definitely not convinced me that I can make cake in a microwave.

I hope you  have enjoyed this recipe review, and found it useful?  Would love to hear what you think.

See you next time 😉 X

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“You know nothing, John Snow!” Chocolate and Brandied Dates, Butterscotch Pudding- Recipe

I’m so excited, I can’t breathe and yet it is still a month away….give me back Game of Thrones….puhleeeeese.

(Sorry, I needed to keep that original sentence in, even though the new season started 3 weeks ago!  Sometimes, nothing but pure passion can really reflect a moment in time!)

I have been wanting to put together an inspired dessert since the last season ended and no matter how I cut it. I couldn’t stop thinking about John Snow. Okay, young, handsome, committed to the greater cause, and just a touch innocent, I am sure that had nothing to do with my choice…at all!

Ahhhh, you know nothing, until you try chocolate ganache butterscotch cake.
Ahhhh, you know nothing, until you try chocolate and brandied dates, butterscotch pudding.

 

This dessert came to me completely instinctually, brandied dates and chocolate just kept coming up as the heart, so I went with it. Dusky and warm with a distinctly individual sweetness, mmm I can see how a little bit of Master Snow has crept into my foodie subconscious!
Wrap it all in an innocent and meltingly, smile inducing, butterscotch pudding, you know, the kind that puts a little smile on your face just thinking about it? You know, the same feelings, that your first crush used to give you?

Ha ha ha!  Let’s give it a go then, I don’t see how it can’t work 🙂

I know that there is nothing medieval about this recipe at all, in fact the base pudding recipe is so common you could find it on a million websites (ok, yes I changed it just a tiny bit!).  But, who cares when this recipe is so easy, you can make it, dish it out and curl up on your couch, just in time to revel in adding a whole extra layer of enjoyment to watching this great epic!

John Snow Pudding Recipe

4 dried dates

1-2 tablespoons of good quality brandy

approx 150g  50% cocoa dark chocolate, chopped

Pudding
1 cup self raising flour
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
60g melted butter
1/2 cup milk

Sauce
2 tablespoons golden syrup
1.2 cups water
30g butter

  1. Preheat oven to 170 Celsius.
  2. Soak chopped dates in brandy for about 20 minutes and place into the base of 4 greased ramekins.
  3. Place all pudding ingredients into a mixing bowl and beat until smooth.  Stir through chopped chocolate.
  4. Divide pudding mix into the 4 ramekins
  5. Place all sauce ingredients into a small saucepan over a medium heat.  Stir until butter has melted.
  6. Pour sauce over the back of a spoon, onto the pudding mix.  Equally divide sauce into the 4 ramekins.
  7. Bake for approximately 30 minutes.

Take it out of the oven and spoon a dollop of triple cream on top.

Fluff your cushions, grab a spoon, make sure your remote control is within reach, turn on Game of thrones,  take your first mouthful…now you know!

John Snow Chocolate and Brandied dates, Butterscotch Pudding mmmmmm 🙂