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Saturday, 3 August 2013

Oreo Supreme

It's a simple dessert to put together though, and tastes soooo good, your dessert dish will be wiped clean in record time! You need the following ingredients:
Plain Cake
Custard Pudding
1 tin of pineapple chopped into small piece
Crushed walnuts or hazelnuts (or whichever nuts you prefer)
Vanilla ice-cream (softened slightly)
Crushed Oreo

Plain cake...
. This can be store-bought or home-made... recipe here
1 cup room temperature unsalted butter (225gm)
1 and three-quarter cups sugar (350gm)
5 room temperature eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour (360gm)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract or essence
1 1/4 cup non-fat buttermilk (250ml)
TIP: You can make buttermilk at home. Take 1 cup room temperature milk and add 1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice. Let this stand for 5-10 minutes and then use accordingly.
Preheat oven to 180C.
Grease and put some parchment in your pans. Then grease the parchments as well and dust with a bit of flour.
Sift together flour, salt and baking powder. Set aside.
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Scrape sides of bowl every few minutes using the whisk attachment or a rubber spatula. This is crucial. Otherwise you're going to be left with chunks of butter in your finished batter. So make sure you cream it well and don't rush!
Add eggs one at a time. Making sure each egg is perfectly incorporated before you add another. If you skip too quickly past this stage, you will have a cake that smells of eggs because the bits of egg that aren't fully beaten in will bake separately in the cake and it will be like having scrambled eggs cooking in your cake, eww! So incorporate the eggs whenever you reach this stage for any cake recipe!! Remember to scrape down the sides of the bowl after every few eggs. Add vanilla.
Add flour and buttermilk in three alternative pours, starting and ending with flour. Mix on slow speed and scrape the bowl during the process. I know, it's a pain in the butt. It's worth it. At this stage do NOT overmix, just combine until the batter is incorporated. Overmixing can ruin your cake.
Once everything is well incorporated, use a plastic spatula to fold the batter a few more times to make perfectly sure you've got everything will mixed.
Divide the batter between your cake pans. Bake in preheated oven for twenty-five to forty minutes. Check for doneness by pressing gently on the cake. If you leave an indent, not done. If it bounces back gently without leaving a mark, done. You can use a toothpick to check also. Don't over bake the cake!
Let the cake cool in the pan for a few minutes then turn it out onto a rack to finish cooling completely.
For Pudding:
This simple pudding can be served on it's own or used in making a trifle or in layering any other dessert.

500ml whole milk (or skimmed if you like)
5 tbsp sugar
2 slightly heaped tbsp custard powder
pinch of cardamon
drop of vanilla
3-4 tbsp evaporated milk
nuts for garnishing

First, mix the custard powder separately in a small bowl with about 2 tbsp of milk. Pour the remainder of the 500ml in a pan with the evaporated milk and sugar and bring it to almost boiling point then lower the heat. Add the cardamon and vanilla followed by the custard mixture and keep stirring until the mixture thickens (for about 2-3 minutes) then turn off the heat. If lumps of custard occur, pass the mixture through a sieve so it smooths out. Pour into serving bowls and let it cool to room temp, then garnish with nuts and refrigerate until cold. It will thicken more as it cools.
First, slice your cake and lay it on the dessert dish. Drizzle it with the juice from your tin of pineapple. Now sprinkle the pineapple cubes all over the cake. Follow this up with some yummy thick custard pudding, and then sprinkle the crushed nuts over the custard. Now take your icecream and put it into a bowl, stir it for a few minutes so that it softens slightly. Add the ice cream over the dessert in a good thick layer. Finally, crush some oreos and sprinkle them on top!
There you have it, your yummy dessert is all-set, serve and enjoy

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