I bought some Wilson heart cupcake cases and some heart sprinkles from Fabricando Delicias. After the cakes had cooled, I covered the cake with a chocolate ganache and decorated it with silver balls and the heart sprinkles. Just one idea of what you can make or give to your sweetheart this Valentine´s Day!
Just before Christmas I did another course at Fabricando Delicias, this time about decorating Christmas biscuits, however I haven´t had time to blog them until now! The course was held over two Saturday mornings from 10am to 2pm. Fabricando Delicias provided the biscuits to be decorated, which were delicious by the way, and gave us the recipe of how to make the biscuits. The first week was dedicated to decorating the biscuits with Royal Icing. We bought some ready made royal icing, which you add to boiling water and mix until you get the right consistency for piping...so not too thin and liquidy as the icing tends to run and drip off the biscuits more, but at the same time not too thick as it dries out too quickly. José also showed us how to do my favourite thing of all....prepare your own icing bags with parchment paper! I´m getting better at it now after plenty of practice. I´ll be an expert at it soon! We then decorated the biscuits using different colours of royal icing...an angel, a bauble, two Christmas trees, two Santa faces and a snowman. My favourite ones were the snowman and the green Christmas tree. It was much easier than I expected. The most difficult part is getting the right consistency of the ready made Royal Icing and then when piping as it´s hot, you have to work quite quickly before it cools otherwise it dries up and also so that you don´t burn your hands/fingers!
The following Saturday morning was dedicated to decorating biscuits with fondant. This is more fiddly and takes longer as it takes quite a lot of work to colour the fondant the shade you want. If you were good at clay or plastacine modelling, then you should excel at this! I was never very good at either but with patience and practice, plus a good imagination or pictures to base your decorations on, then they will turn out very pretty. First of all we decorated three of the biscuits as the Three Wise Men, then we decorated one as Father Christmas´s face and finally a snowman snow scene. The only thing is that they look almost too pretty to eat!
Ingredients (for 2 people)
1/2 medium to large onion, finely chopped
leftover turkey (not sure how much I used..I just eyeballed it)
4-5 mushrooms, sliced
1/4 red pepper, chopped
1/4 green pepper,chopped
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 tbsp of olive oil (or vegetable)
1 inch ginger, peeled and grated
2 cardamon pods, crushed
5 tsp curry powder (depending on how hot you like your curry, add more)
1 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp tumeric
1/2 tsp garam masala
1tsp ground cumin
about 1/4 cup of water
about 1/3 cup of cream (when I made the vegetarian version, I used sour cream which gave a thicker sauce)
about 1/3 - 1/2 tetrabrick of tomato sauce/tinned tomatoes (again not sure as I eyeballed it)
1. Heat olive oil in frying pan and fry onion, garlic, mushrooms and peppers till tender.
2.Add grated ginger and other spices and cook till aromatic.
3. Add turkey and heat a little, then add the 1/4 cup of water and cook for a few minutes.
4. Add tomato sauce and cream and cook on a low heat till meat is heated through.
5.Serve with boiled Basmati rice or pilau rice.
* If you like your curries very spicy, you could also add fresh chilies or some chili powder to your curry.
I rolled the marzipan out into a circle (my mum hadn´t brought enough to cover the whole cake) and then brushed the fruit cake with apricot jam, then placed the marzipan circle on top of the cake.
After leaving the icing to dry out for about a day, I decorated the side of the cake with a pretty silver ribbon I found, using a tiny bit of saved icing to seal the ends of the ribbon together y voila!