Monday, 30 March 2015

Japanese Cherry Tea and Almond Cake

If you are a regular reader you will know that I love to experiment with different tea in my bakes.

We buy a lot of our loose teas from The Tea Experience who are a local company. They stock the most unusual, delicious teas! A couple of weeks ago they kindly sent me some samples to try baking with. One of the samples that they sent was a Japanese Cherry Tea which has a lovely aroma and flavour which I knew it would go perfectly with almond.

That is how I created this cake.

This is what I did...

Japanese Cherry Tea and Almond Cake


200g baking spread
200g caster sugar
4 eggs
200g self raising flour
180mls boiling water
150 - 200g red cherry jam
75g flaked almonds


Pre heat the oven to 180C

1 - Place the Japanese Cherry Tea in a cup and pour over the boiling water. Leave the tea to stew for 10 minutes

2 - Mix together the baking spread and caster sugar until they are light and creamy

3 - Gradually add the eggs with a little flour to prevent curdling

4 - Fold in the remaining flour

5 - Strain the tea and pour into the cake batter along with 50g of the flaked almonds and mix in thoroughly 

6 - Divide the mixture evenly into two sandwich tins, sprinkle over the remaining 25g of flaked almonds over the top of one of the cakes, this will become the top sponge

7 - Place the tins in the centre of the pre heated oven and bake for 30 minutes

8 - Once thoroughly baked remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before removing from the tin and allowing to cool completely on a cooling rack

9 - Once completely cooled spread the jam on the base sponge

10 - Place the top sponge with the almond topping on the top

This cake is a deliciously light, moist cake. The almond combined with the Japanese Almond tea and cherry jam compliment each other perfectly.

Enjoy x

Weekly Meal Plan - Week Commencing 30th March 2015

Last week I started using the Slimpod. I will be writing a post which will tell you more about what the Slimpod does. But I am noticing some big changes in how I am choosing food and when I am eating. I have noticed that I want to eat more fish than usual and craving healthier foods.

As I am wanting to eat healthier I am also cooking healthier which is not just great for me but also for my family!

Last weeks meal plan did not go to plan!

The mushroom risotto became Vegetable Risotto,

The leftover chicken curry became steak as there were no leftovers!

The tuna became a meal out with the hubby and pulled pork became and easy M&S meal for 2.

Vegetable Risotto

This is what we will be enjoying this week..

Week Commencing 30th March 2015

Freekeh and Mushrooms

Freekeh are some grains which I bought a few weeks ago and have not got round to trying. They are a grain to use as an alternative to rice or couscous with masses of health benefits. On Monday I will be trying them out!

Pulled Pork

On Tuesday I'll be cooking the pork that was on last weeks meal plan. I will be having mine with salad while I will give everyone else bread rolls, potatoes and salad.


I love scampi but simply do not have it enough. So when I saw some fresh breaded scampi at the weekend it went straight in the basket! I will be serving with potatoes and vegetables.

Turkey Stir Fry

I love stir fry and find it an excellent way to get some different vegetables into the children.

Soy Tuna

I have recently been sent some Japanese ingredients to experiment with so I will be using the soy sauce for this tuna dish which will be served with noodles.

As normal I am not going to plan for the weekend.

Hope you have a lovely long weekend x

As always I am sharing with At Home With Mrs M - Meal Planning Monday

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Sunday, 29 March 2015

23rd March - 29th March 2015 - One Picture Everyday For One Year

This week has been a truly eventful week which has seen the start of the twins getting more independent. This week they have started nursery, they have had a couple of one hour sessions before they start going everyday after Easter.

It has been a lovely! Here is our week in pictures...

Monday 23rd March 2015

On Monday Isabella woke up a bit under the weather but as you can see by the afternoon she was fine! Chocolate did help! After lots of play Taylor curled up in front of the radiator and fell asleep.

Tuesday 24th March 2015

On Tuesday we enjoyed a slow start and lots of snuggles first thing in the morning. I love this time with the twins and I will miss it when they start nursery. I later had a visit from a trainer from Bark Busters. Bark Busters are holistic dog trainers. We decided that we needed some professional advice now that we have the two puppies. We had a really good session and I have come away with a lot of tips.

Wednesday 25th March 2015

Wednesday was the twins first settling in session at nursery. They went in with all of the children in the morning and I collected them at 10am. They went in so much easier that I was expecting. We all went in and once they were busy colouring in I crept out and left them to it. I had a whole hour to myself! However once I had walked the dogs and had a cup of hot tea it was time to go and collect them, the hour flew by! When I went to collect them neither wanted to come home, they had a fantastic time!

Thursday 26th March 2015

On Thursday the twins had their second settling in session at nursery. They were both excited to return and went straight in with no worries. In the afternoon I took the twins to see their Gran in their school uniform before dashing back for Joseph. On Thursdays Joseph goes to youth club, as it was still light we all decided to collect him and take the dogs for a walk in the field by the side of our house. Our kitten also decided to join us. She followed us all of the way there and back so it really was a full family outing!

Friday 27th March 2015

On Friday the twins discovered they could blow bubbles into their milkshake! You can just imagine the mess! They giggled so much as the milk frothed up! The hubby and I had a rare meal out just the two of us. It was lovely to get out and have some time together.

Saturday 28th March 2015

You can probably guess that I did not take any pictures until bedtime! The day flew by. We were spending time together as a family and I simply forgot to snap any pictures!

Sunday 29th March 2015

This picture is of the twins eating a yogurt in the kitchen this morning. We have 5 chairs around the table but they still squeeze onto the one chair to sit together!

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