Persimmons are fast becoming my favourite fruit as not only are they healthy but they double up as a sweet treat too. It was my mum who introduced them to me a year ago and the first time I ever heard the word persimmon used before. To a lot of people they call them sharon fruit but persimmons are slightly different.
In Greek their name means “divine food” or “fruit of the gods.” A delicious autumnal fruit, they are perfect for using in cakes as they add a sweetness to a basic sponge and keep it moist and light. Before baking this cake I had the intention of making a gooseberry cake however I left shopping too late on a Sunday and by the time I arrived all of the gooseberries were out of stock. I knew I wanted to try a different fruit to the usual I do that being raspberries & strawberries so when I saw the persimmons I thought I would experiment with them.
This cake is adapted from the raspberry layered cake I made previously and I decided to make a yoghurt icing with only a little sugar rather than a buttercream filling which makes it a healthier and lighter cake. I loved the raspberry cake last time as the texture of the cake is beautifully light and with this new recipe it worked just as well if not better, I like to think, with the persimmons and yoghurt icing. Continue reading
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Happy New Year everyone! A bit of a late blog post in this case as I have been half way across the world with limited access to Internet but very easy access to food and ice cream, (not so good for the waist line!) This was my second Christmas in Sydney and a completely different experience to the first. Five years ago I spent my Christmas morning in a hostel with 2 of my best friends. We had a great morning together but I did feel homesick and it’s a very strange feeling to see Christmas decorations up in places with the sunlight beaming onto them. I never imagined I’d come back to Australia again and never thought I’d see the day where all my family would be together for Christmas on the other side of the world! We did Christmas a little differently this year and it was really one of the loveliest days. As we had all spent so much on flights we decided to only spend $5 on each other for a Christmas present. I received cat hand warmers from my mum (bought back home) in contrast to a summer dress (from my brother and his fiancé) which definitely came in handy. We all woke up at different times, some of us went to mass, I went out of curiosity to see if the Australians do mass any different (answer no, a slightly shorter service and more casual dress but pretty much the same!) which was followed by a beautiful walk from Clovelly beach to Bondi beach. It was a beautiful sunny day with hardly any clouds in the sky. My dad put his feet in the sea for the first time in his life and my brothers and I spent the morning diving into waves and in my case getting burnt (I never learn!) Continue reading