Sunday, April 22, 2012

Feijoa Fiesta - Part 1

I'm not particularly a fan of Autumn (don't like when it starts to get cold!)....BUT, I do love the wonderful 'fall harvest' - especially feijoa's!  Last year I bottled up quite a few jars of feijoa's, and managed to save them until summer time when they were PERFECT with ice cream.  This year I'm doing even more.  It's a real treat!  
So today I made this Feijoa & Ginger Cake with brown sugar really is quite something.  Light, with a hint of that feijoa texture, and the warm 'bite' of ginger (completely optional of course, you can omit it - I just happen to love the stuff)


75 grams butter 1 cup mashed feijoas
10 small pieces crystallised ginger, chopped finely (optional) 2 eggs 1 cup brown sugar 1 tsp vanilla essence 1 tsp baking soda ½ cup milk (warmed) 1 tsp baking powder 2 cups flour 1 tsp mixed spice
1 tsp ground ginger (optional)

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celcius, grease and line a 20cm round cake tin (or similar)

In a large saucepan, melt the butter
Stir in the feijoa and crystallised ginger, sugar, and vanilla essence
Whisk in eggs
Warm the milk and add the baking soda.  Add to mixture
Sift the flour, spice, and baking powder into the wet ingredients and mix
Pour into a greased and baking paper-lined 20cm cake tin
Bake at 180°C for 50 minutes.

Brown sugar syrup:
4 Tablespoons butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp mixed spice
2 Tablespoons milk

Simmer together in a pot until sugars are dissolved, drizzle over cooled cake

Drizzle with brown sugar syrup

Enjoy. YUM

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