Thank you for all the nice things you said about the cake - here is the recipe for all those who asked for it!
Carrot and Orange Squares
225ml/ 8 fl oz sunflower oil
225g /8 oz caster sugar
3 large eggs
250g /9 oz carrots - grated
225g / 8 oz self-raising flour
1 tsp orange flower water (or orange juice)
50g /2oz butter
200g Philadelphia Cream Cheese ('Light', if you are feeling virtuous)
40g/ 1 1/2 oz icing sugar
Grated rind and juice of 1 orange
Heat oven to 180C
Grease and line a 7x11x1 inch tin (approximately 18mm x28mm x3mm tin)
Whisk oil and sugar together, then whisk in the eggs one at a time. Fold in the carrots, the self-raising flour and the orange flower water. Pour into the tin and bake for about 40 minutes. Leave in the tin for about 10 minutes then turn out onto a rack to cool.
Icing. Beat the butter and Philadelphia till fluffy. Beat in the icing sugar, orange zest and juice. Spread ¼" deep over the cold cake. Decorate with more orange zest. Cut into squares.
NB. Belgian Equivalents:
Self-Raising Flour - Farine Fermentante/ Zelfrijzend bakmeel. I usually add a pinch of baking powder too,S-R Flour in the UK seems to have slightly more raising agent than it does here.
Icing Sugar - Sucre Impalpable/ Bloem Suiker
Note: For the Scones recipes look at the posting for 10/30/2007!
Monday, 28 January 2008
Off we went down Jennifer's street at the start of our walk today. With 19 of us ... it was quite a group and she had several cancellations also! Jennifer (2nd left) did a splendid walk for us with lots of variations plus providing refreshments afterwards! What a great afternoon.
Yum! We had such delicious offerings from Jennifer ... her wonderful scones ... some with raisins and those with cheese as well as the carrot and orange cake. What to choose? What to choose? Oh, and then there was that Marmite again!!! Humm..
Friday, 25 January 2008
There were a lucky 13 of us to enjoy the outing this afternoon. For January the weather was pretty great, sunny, clear, and about 6C. The doggies enjoyed it too. It was nice to have Yuko join us again as well as a new walker, Charlotte (4th in back row).
Those of us who could take the time found a small cafe, the Avenue, where we took our refreshments this afternoon. We pretty much had the place to ourselves and though it was not fancy, the prices were right and no cigarette smoke! Then it was back to the cars.
Monday, 21 January 2008
Our many "thanks" to Margosha (center) who also hosted us so nicely at her home after the walk. She presented two really delicious dessert choices .... tiramisu as well as apple crumble. I'm sure we all walked enough to have a portion of each. Don't you agree???
Friday, 18 January 2008
Only five of us made it for the very wet, rainy and windy walk this afternoon around the lakes in the Bois de la Cambre. In honor of the weather we did not do our full 2 hours but adjourned to the warmth of the cafe nearby. Kudos to those who braved the weather!
Looking and feeling somewhat like drowned rats ... 4 of us took our refreshments this afternoon at Les Filles de Papa on Rue Vanderkinder in Uccle. We welcomed a new walker, Edith, (2nd left) who joined us on a less than ideal walking day. She's a real trooper!
Monday, 14 January 2008
During our stop after our walk today we had to get used to a smoke filled cafe again after so many months of pure, clean air! There was not a great choice in places to stop. We had a fine time though and enjoyed our time together as we caught up and shared our drinks.
Friday, 11 January 2008
You can see Joan (2nd right) with the paperwork today to lead the eleven of us around the route! She had help from some of the others including Anne, Sarah, Ghislaine and Marie Jo, too. It was fine for our walk ... though overcast and with a bit of occasional drizzle along the way.