Monday, 16 July 2018

Swedish sunshine cake


Ingredients

100g caster sugar
2 eggs
150g unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
150g self-raising flour
1 tsp vanilla paste
50g ground almonds
handful flaked almonds

Method
Preheat oven to 200 C / Gas 6. 
Grease a 23 cm silicone cake tin and sprinkle with ground almonds.
Whisk the eggs, sugar and vanilla.
Stir in the melted, cooled butter.
Add flour; mix until smooth (it will look lumpy to begin with, keep mixing until it's smooth)
Spread the batter into the prepared tin. 
Sprinkle flaked almonds on top.
Bake for 15-20 minutes. 
Allow cake to cool slightly before removing from the tin. 
Cool completely on a wire rack. 
This cake keeps very well for up to a week in an airtight container or plastic bag.



Monday, 14 May 2018

Overheard on a saltmarsh (filmpoem)

I made a filmpoem based on a poem I've loved since I was eight years old. I still have The Puffin Book of Magic Verse that my parents bought me, the date inside is the day before Halloween 1986! I originally borrowed the book from my school library, loved it, then asked my Mam to buy it for me. She had to order it from W.H. Smith's in Llanelli, and I remember being so excited to go and fetch it.



So here is a weird little film to illustrate "Overheard on a saltmarsh" by Harold Monro.



Overheard on a saltmarsh (flmpoem) from Andy Murphy-Williams on Vimeo.



Monday, 23 April 2018

With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams...

Chocolate and honey cake with crème de marrons filling (eggless cake)


Ingredients
For the sponge:
90g margarine or unsalted butter
80g unrefined golden caster sugar
3 tblsp runny honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
200ml milk (not skimmed)
185g self-raising flour
20g cocoa powder
2 tsp baking powder

For the filling:
2 heaped tblsp crème de marrons
2 tblsp runny honey
2 tblsp sifted icing sugar

Method:
Preheat the oven to gas mark 5 / 190 celcius
Grease and flour two 23 cm cake tins (I always use butter and ground almonds, and silicone cake tins)
Cream the butter and sugar
Add the vanilla and honey and mix together
In a separate bowl, sift the flour, cocoa and baking powder
Add a third of the dry ingredients, and a third of the milk, and mix thoroughly
Continue until it is all mixed together
Divide between the two tins and smooth flat
Bake for 25-30 minutes, testing with a skewer at 25 minutes
Cool in the tins for 5 minutes
Then transfer to a cooling rack until completely cool

Mix the filling ingredients together until combined
Turn one of the cakes upside down
Spread with the filling
Put the other cake on top

You're done! Congratulate yourself then shove that cake in your mouth!



Tuesday, 17 April 2018

An old waltz (filmpoem)

I made a filmpoem. I've always loved watching them, and wanted to try one for myself.


An old waltz (filmpoem) from Andy Murphy-Williams on Vimeo.



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