Wine biscuits

Linguas De Veado – Melt in the mouth Wine Biscuits

wine biscuits

These sweet little crunchy biscuits are called “Linguas de veado” in Portuguese.   Quite interestingly, when translated into English it means; “Butter cookies in the shape of a large tongue”.  However, I made them round in shape so that they are easier to pop into the mouth and crunch away in seconds!

Super easy to make and they all will vanish in a jiffy.

What you need:

Egg whites 3
Icing sugar 120 g
Margerine or butter (melted) 120 g
Plain flour 120 g
Salt 3 pinches
 Vanilla1 tsp

Let’s make:

Set the Oven to 160 C

Cream the batter

  • Clean wipe a wide bowl perfectly dry to beat the egg whites
  • Pour the egg whites and beat until frothy.  This will take  2- 3 mins
  • In a seperate bowl beat butter and icing sugar until creamy
  • Now add the butter and sugar cream to the egg whites
  • Add Plain flour
  • Add salt and vanilla
  • Give a good stir and bring all together using a wooden spoon or a spatula

Pipe on to the tray and into the oven

  • Pour the batter into a piping bag
  • Pipe disc shapes on to a non-stick baking tray or a tray lined with parchment paper
  • Stick in the oven for 15 mins
  • or the edges of biscuits turn into a lovely golden colour
  • Take out of the oven and let the biscuits cool down on the tray itself for 20mins. This will make them go crusty and crunchy.
linguas de veado
  • Give a little push with a spatula and the biscuits will slide off
  • Gobble down three at a time!

banana and walnut cake

Banana And Walnut Cake – Better Than Starbucks’

The fresh taste and scent of bananas and the crunchiness of walnuts in this cake is a real temptation!

In the process of trying to produce something similar to Starbucks’ banana and walnut cake, I ended up creating something far better and simply irresistible.  Also, by adding golden syrup, milk and lemon juice on impulse brought wonders to the flavours!

Over-riped bananas with black patches on the skin are the best for this cake. They are high in flavour and moisture, which in turn gives a delicious scent and taste to this cake.

Over-riped bananas – best for banana cake

Necessary ingredients:

 Over- riped bananas 2 large
 Soft brown sugar 170 g
 Margerine or butter (under room temp) 150 g
 Self-raising flour 225 g
 Eggs 2
 Fresh milk 2 tbsp
 Golden syrup 1 tbsp
 Salt 3 pinches
 Lemon juice 1 tsp
 Bicarbonate of soda 1 & 1/2 tsp
 Walnuts crushed (extra handful for sprinkling on the top) 60 g
Golden syrup 1 tbsp
Let’s make :

Set the Oven to 180 C

Mash the bananas
  • Using a fork gently mash the bananas and keep aside
Cream the batter
  • Cream margerine with sugar using the electric hand or stand mixer
  • Add eggs one at a time,  beating after each addition
  • Beat for 2 mins until creamy
  • Add the mashed banana and beat just one round
  • Add salt and bicarb to flour and sieve on to the batter
  • Add lemon juice and vanilla
  • Add golden syrup
  • Using a wooden spoon or spatula, mix all into a smooth batter
  • Add crushed walnuts and give a good mix with the spoon
Prepare the tray
  • Best choice is the classic loaf tray for this cake
  • Rub butter inside walls of the tray and sprinkle flour until all sides are coated or lay a parchment paper
  • Spoon the batter into a loaf tin
  • Sprinkle a handful of crushed walnuts on the top
Bake
  • Place in the  bottom shelf of the oven as this is a very wet cake and needs to be baked nice and slow
  • Bake for 30 – 40 mins or when stabbed with a skewer, it should come clean
  • After 1/2 hr, if the top of the cake is browned but the middle is still soggy, cover the top with a foil paper or baking sheet and bake furthermore
  • After 40 mins stab a skewer into the middle and check if it comes clean
  • Take out of the oven
  • Let the cake rest in the tray itself for 10 mins
  • Take out and wrap with a foil paper and keep until it cools down completely (This will evenly distribute the warmth and make the cake moist)
Serve
  • Take a long bread knife and dip it in boiling water for 2 mins. Wipe the water  (This will prevent the cake from crumbling while cutting)
  • Now cut the cake into dainty slices very gently as the walnuts can come between the knife
  • Serve with a hot cup of coffee

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