Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Valentines Day // Mini Honey Yogurt Cakes

So, tomorrow is Valentines Day! I plan on painting my nails tonight with red glitter nail polish in celebration. Apart from that, I don't have too many exciting plans. I have pulled a mini lamb roast out of the freezer though & I think these mini honey yoghurt cakes will be a nice accompaniment for pudding.
I got the idea for these from my Mum - I went to visit my family in Dunedin last weekend & Mum had made this amazing lemon yoghurt cake for afternoon tea - it was so tasty!
I changed the lemon juice to honey, added some vanilla paste & baked these in baking paper lined ramekins. They came out as cute little moist cakes which I dressed up with rose syrup & chopped pistachios with some yoghurt on the side (middle eastern inspiration is my favourite!)
The recipe is so easy, so I hope you give these a go!
Mini Honey Yogurt Cakes
3/4 C White Sugar
1 Egg
1/2 C Oil (I used extra virgin olive oil but canola is good too)
1/4 t Salt
1/2 C Yoghurt (Greek or plain unsweetened)
1 1/2 T Liquid Honey
1/2 t Vanilla Paste (or 1 t vanilla)
1 C Self Raising Flour
Heat oven to 180 degrees celsius & grease & line the sides & bases of 6 small ramekins (or a cheesecake tray with removable bases)
Mix sugar, eggs, oil & salt with an electric beater or whisk until thick.
Mix in yoghurt, honey & vanilla paste.
Fold n flour until just mixed.
Scoop into tins (the mixture is quite runny - I used an ice cream scoop)
Bake for 10 minutes at 180 degrees, then drop the oven temperature to 150 degrees & continue cooking the cakes for approximately 15-20 minutes until a skewer inserted into the centre of a cake comes out clean.
Cool for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a cake rack to cool completely.
Serve with rose syrup poured over (or more honey) plain yoghurt & chopped pistachios.
Serves 6
**To make a lemon version, omit the honey & vanilla paste & add 1 1/2 T lemon juice & the grated rind of 1 lemon. Serve with yoghurt & blueberries.
These are so yummy & stay good for 2-3 days (if they last that long!) I really want to go out & find a cheesecake tray now so I can make a whole heap of them...
What do you have planned for Valentines Day?


Saturday, February 2, 2013

Roadtrip // Exploring Bluff

The weather lately has been magnificent. The end of January  and most of February tends to be fairly settled here in New Zealand. The temperatures all week have been in the mid to late 20's which is highly unusual for Invercargill! I decided to FINALLY get off my butt and do some site seeing.
 I filled up the car and headed down the coast to  Bluff-a small coastal town at the bottom of New Zealand. I had visited it once, on my 1st day at my current job. I'd glimpsed a cool-looking 2nd hand store which I was keen to check out.
I stopped across the road from the 2nd hand store and  ventured across the road to take a look.  It's filled with vintage glass, bottles, cigarette tins and boat paintings, plus old rusted tools and books! I found a pretty silver bib necklace for $10 which l decided would look perfect with my many dresses.
After I'd taken in the sites of the main drag (a 5 minute walk) I walked backed to a pub I'd seen earlier, where I ordered mini spring rolls and coffee and sat at a picnic table outside. Unfortunately while I was eating my lunch the Sandflies were eating me! l had to go ask at the bar if they had any bug spray (nope!) then run down to the 4 Square to buy some.
I wanted to have a look in the Maritime museum, but was too itches so headed home. It  was a fun trip though and I enjoyed using my camera after a bit of a break!
What are your plans for the weekend? How's the weather where you are?