These plum and hazelnut mini cakes are just delightful. The nuttiness of the hazelnuts is echoed in a browned butter cake base and browned butter frosting with diced plums inside and on top!
Browned butter is one of the most versatile, delicious ingredients in your baking and cooking arsenal. It's also a cinch to make and just involves heating butter up until it becomes fragrant. Browned butter adds both aroma and flavour to your food and is a clever chef's tip on how to elevate any dish. See my recipe on how to make browned butter here.
I always have browned butter in my fridge, in the same way that I always have butter in my fridge. In this cake the nuttiness of the browned butter is echoed in the toasted hazelnuts. It also works in the buttercream too.
Can this be baked in another tin? This can also be made in a small 500g/1lb/18x9 cm loaf tin or 20cm/8inch round, springform tin. Bake the round 20cm/8inch cake for 35 minutes and the loaf tin for 40-45 minutes. You can also double the mixture for a larger 1kg/2lb loaf tin and bake it for 1 hour and 20 minutes.
No nuts? Replace the nuts with more cake flour or desiccated coconut. You can also make these gluten free by subbing the flour with gluten free flour.
I know I'm a total browned butter pusher but it adds so much flavour to both sweets and savouries. I've also got some TV recommendation as I am also a bit of a TV pusher. These four tv shows are not my typical sorts of viewing either.
Snowpiercer (Netflix) - okay confession: I'm not into futuristic or science fiction. Having said that, Queen Viv got me onto this post apocalyptic show where earth has frozen over and the only survivors are on board a train called Snowpiercer that circles the planet housed in four classes on the train 1,034 carriages long. I've gotten all my friends onto it and they love it too (and they're not usually into this genre either). Oh and I forgot to mention that the tv series (and movie) are directed by Bong Joon-ho, the Korean Oscar award winning director for Parasite?
Formula 1: Drive to Survive (Netflix) - I'm not a sports person. I mean I like watching tennis and ice skating but all the balls (football, cricket, AFL, rugby) are a complete mystery to me. But this series about Formula 1 is amazing. There is an art to documentary making and this series presents the sport with such a compelling narrative and shows you the different personalities on the track. You don't need to know anything about F1 to get into it. I binged each season over 2 days.
I May Destroy You (Binge) - This British show has a trigger warning for sexual violence. It's completely compelling for both the main protagonist (creator, writer, co-director and executive producer) Michaela Coel and the mystery storyline where a woman tries to unravel what happened to her one night.
Naked Attraction (9Now) - What is with Brits and nudity? Haha! This show is bonkers. It is a dating show where everyone on the show is completely naked. Like NOTHING is blurred and Mr NQN and I often find ourselves watching it and saying "I can't believe this show is real". It's not all perfect bodies and there is a variety of people which is one of the best things about it. The best episode involves 57 year old Christian Judith who uses clotted cream not just on scones and who plays My Lord Is My Shepherd on a Casio organ while the naked men swing their bits around. And obviously don't watch this with your parents...
So tell me Dear Reader, do you have any tv recommendations for me? Have you watched any of these shows?