Saturday, 12 April 2014

Brewtown Newtown / Cow & The Moon Artisan Gelato

Brewtown has taken up residency in the back streets of Newtown, originally an old Berkelouw book store. It is a new cafe from the team behind Gnome Espresso on Crown Street at Surry Hills. So naturally the cafe offers great coffee and good looking breakfast dishes. I shall leave the pictures to do most of the talking.
Frenchie ordered a helluva breakfast - grilled black sausage home made hash browns, canadian bacon and house relish with boiled eggs [$16].
I ordered baked polenta with mushrooms, grilled asparagus, poached egg and parmesan [$15], the flavours work well together but my egg was over done but all in all a pleasant dish for a hungry stomach.
Since I have never tried a cronut, I had to check it out of myself. Feeling particularly patriotic, I ordered a true blue lamington cronut. The texture of the cronut was a bit dry for me. Again, this is my first cronut so I'm not sure what kind of textures and taste I should be looking for.
Brewtown Newtown on Urbanspoon

Not feeling quite satisfied with dessert, we decided to try a family owned gelato bar, Cow & the Moon artisan gelato within walking distance in the next suburb, Enmore. This place offers a great selection of flavours and have won the Australian Grand Dairy awards and Sydney Royal Fine Food show give Gelato Messina a run for their money.
Cakes of the day.
We got a cup that fit two flavours - pistachio and hazelnut, and left me feeling happily satisfied.
A must try, the affogato with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream is absolute yumminess. I'll definitely be going back to try other flavours when I need a gelato fix.
Cow & The Moon Artisan Gelato on Urbanspoon

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Lemon Madeira Cake

This is my go-to tea cake recipe.

You can whip this up in a flash and pretend you slaved away in the kitchen for hours. I made them for teabreak today and they were demolished within seconds. 

Simple, speedy and delicious.

It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days...if you can resist it for that long. You'll need:

3 eggs
170g unsalted butter
170g caster sugar
170g self-raising flour
Zest of 2 lemons

Juice of 1 lemon
100g pure icing sugar

1. Preheat oven to 180C and in a bowl cream together cake ingredients until well blended.
2. Pour cake mixture into a pan and pop it in the oven for 35 minutes at 180C.
3. Mix icing sugar and lemon juice until smooth and set aside.
4. Use a skewer to poke holes all over the cake and pour over the lemon icing.
5. Leave to cool or refrigerate to speed up process.
6. Slice and serve with tea or coffee.

A commercial madeira cake you get from supermarkets are loaded with chemicals and preservatives. I've just checked my favourite Coles madeira cake contain all these ingredients below :( My recipe has a total of 6 ingredients. I am definitely going to make my own rather than buying it from now on!
Madeira Cake (75%), Lemon Icing (25%). Madeira Cake contains: Sugar, Wheat Flour (Gluten), Water, Canola Oil, Egg, Buttermilk Powder, Butter (2%) (Cream), Glucose Syrup, Salt, Humectant (420), Emulsifiers (471 Soy, 475, 481), Raising Agents (450, 500), Anti-Caking Agent (341), Tapioca Starch, Preservative (200), Natural Flavour, Natural Colours (160b, 164), Thickener (415) Lemon Icing contains: Sugar, Water, Butter (9%) (Cream), Humectant (422), Natural Flavours, Preservative (200), Antioxidant (307), Natural Colours(160a, 160b, 164), Maize Starch, Vegetable Fat (Palm Derived), Glucose, Milk Protein, Stabilisers (340, 466, 450), Emulsifiers (322 Soy, 433, 471), Acidity Regulator (330), Thickener (401)