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  • Cook the Winning Recipe for Love Bake Off Recipe - Chocolate, Caramel and Strawberry Cake

    22nd March 2012

    Following the Recipe for Love Bake Off, if you loved the look of Fatema's winning recipe and would like a taste - then here's your chance to bake it at home. Here is the winning recipe for Fatema's delicious Chocolate, Caramel and Strawberry Cake. If you bake it, we'd love to see a photo, therefore please feel free to email a picture of your cake to katieffordebooks@randomhouse.co.uk

    We hope you enjoy it as much as Katie did!

    Ingredients you will need: 

    Sponge:

    •  7oz Self raising flour
    • 8oz Caster sugar
    • 1oz cocoa powder sieved
    • 8oz Margerine
    • 4 eggs
    • 1tsp baking powder
    • few drops of vanilla extract

    Frosting

    • 6oz Caster sugar
    • 2tbsp golden syrup
    • 300ml double cream
    • 300g dark chocolate (minimum 70% cocoa solids)
    • 300g unsalted butter
    • 2floz water
    • strawberry jam
    • strawberries to decorate

    Instructions:

    Heat oven to gas mark 4  and grease 10 inch sandwich tin.

    Cream margerine and sugar until light and fluffy

    Beat in eggs one at a time adding a little flour with each egg

    fold in remaining flour and cocoa powder, baking powder and add vanilla extract.

    place in prepared tins 25-30 mins in 2 tins or 45-50 mins in 1 tin.

     

    For the frosting

    In a saucepan bring caster sugar and golden syrup to boil with 2floz of water, letting it20boil for approx 10mins until syrupy and caramel in colour.

    In a separate pan bring cream to the boil, carefully pour the hot cream with the caramal, be careful as it will bubble up, but settle very quickly. set aside to cool.

    Once cooled add chopped chocolate stirring constantly until the chocolate melts.

    Using a mixer mix this for approx 10 mins until the bottom of the bowl feels cool.

    Add the butter to chocolate caramel and whist together until mixture is light and look lightly whipped.

    Place in fridge to cool and set for 40 -50 mins.

    Once sponge and frosting cooled, spread strawberry jam on one of the sponges and

    Place some chopped fresh strawberries on jam. on the other sponge spread caramel frosting generously and sandwich the sponges together.

    Cover outside of the cake with the caramel frosting, making soft peaks when spreading.

    Decorate with strawberries and a dusting of icing sugar.

    Serve with ice cream of your choice


     

  • Watch Katie's Recipe for Love Bake Off Video

    20th March 2012

    Missing MasterChef or want to see more about the Recipe for Love Bake Off? If so, then Katie has just the thing for you.

    We're delighted to show you all the action from last weeks bake off in this fantastic video (filmed by a MasterChef director). Take a look at what culinary delights were created and how the finalists did in the Recipe for Love Bake Off video which you can view here.

     

     

  • Fatema Dadhiwala wins the Recipe for Love Bake Off

    15th March 2012

     Yesterday the five finalists of Katie’s Recipe for Love Bake Off Competition gathered together in London to put their baking skills to the test in a professional kitchen. Judged by Katie herself, our finalists - Fatema, Julie, David, Beccy and Fleur - bravely stepped into the kitchen to bake their recipes for love and cooked up an absolute storm. With a fantastic array of lovely recipes from Beccy’s coffee and walnut cupcakes to David’s Rose and Raspberry Dobos Torte, the contestants successfully baked their cakes against the clock in a cloud of flour, chocolate drops and sugar.

    With no sign of Katie’s love interest Gideon from her latest novel Recipe for Love to do the judging, Katie stepped up to taste the wonderful sweet treats. After much deliberation, Katie chose Fatema Dadhiwala as the winning baker with her ultimate recipe for love, a delicious chocolate caramel and strawberry cake.  Fatema was delighted to win and was awarded a Kenwood Mixer as her prize.

    When asked about the event, Katie said:

     "The Recipe for Love cookery competition was created so we could all experience the book in real life.  Five brilliant bakers went through the stressful process of producing their own Recipes for Love in front of the cameras.

    Judging it was really hard as the standard was extremely high.  They could all have won!

    But I did have to choose one and our winner, Fatema, cooked a really exceptional cake - Chocolate Caramel and Strawberry.  It was close, but she won."

    When asked about winning, Fatema said:

    "It was a wonderful experience, a dream come true for an ordinary girl like me who got the chance to present my recipe amongst other amazing chefs with so much talent. Thank you"

    It was a great day and really brought alive the story of Recipe for Love. Katie’s heroine from the novel, Zoe Harper would be proud.

    To view photos from the day, visit Katie’s photo gallery here.

    To read more about Katie’s latest novel, Recipe for Love, click here.

    Katie and Fatema with her certificate

    Fatema's winning cake

  • Katie wins the Contemporary Romantic Novel award at the RONAs

    6th March 2012

    Last night saw the annual Romantic Novelists' Association awards (The RONAs), celebrating the very best in romantic fiction.

    We are thrilled to announce that Katie's novel Summer of Love won the Contemporary Romantic Novel award. This category is for mainstream romantic novels set post 1960 and Katie saw off competition from the likes of Freya North, Jill Mansell, Miranda Dickinson, Karen Swan and Kate Johnson.

    Well done Katie! Thoroughly deserved!

    To read more about the awards, visit the RONAs website here.

  • Recipe for Love Hardback published today!

    1st March 2012

    Can love be the sweetest thing?

    Take one aspiring cook, one judge, and a spoonful of romance...and you get Katie’s fantastic new novel Recipe for Love published in hardback today!

    To read more about this exciting new addition to Katie’s lovely collection of romantic novels, click here and let us know what you think!

  • SUMMER OF LOVE paperback edition published today!

    16th February 2012

    Great news! Summer of Love, Katie's most recent novel is now available in a beautiful paperback edition.

    Described as 'deliciously addictive' Daily Express, you can read more about Summer of Love here.  

    If you've already indulged in this fantastic read, recommend it to a friend. We hope you love the paperback edition as much as we do!

     

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