Roasted Parsnip Soup and Cake

Lamb Roasted Over Parsnips
another day another lamb

Overwhelmed with parsnips , I shouldn’t complain but I have got a lot of them. However have discovered that layering them thinly sliced with a dash of seasoning in a roasting pan with a joint of lamb ( studded with rosemary and garlic ) on the rack above allows let the juice from a lamb pass over them , you get a kinda parsnip crisp a lot lighter than a whole roast parsnip . This is nicked from Nigel Slater who does it with potatoes

Parsnip and Ginger Soup

Parsnip and Ginger Soup

leftover roast parsnip can make a surprisingly light soup with ginger simply pureed then fresh ginger and vegetable stock

Date and Walnut Loaf

I bake very rarely, I don’t have a very sweet tooth but using up eggs last week I made a surprisingly passable date and walnut loaf ( it was lovely with some blue cheese / or sliced banana on top )

Date Honey and Walnut Cake

Date and Walnut Loaf

175g of Plain Flour
175g of butter
125g of brown sugar
2 large eggs
Pinch of cinammon
Handful of chopped dates
Handful of crushed walnuts
2 tbsp chopped stem ginger
75ml of honey.
1tsp baking powder

  1. Cream together butter and sugar, add the eggs , Add sifted flour and baking powder. Mix well , mix in the dates , walnuts and honey.
  2. Pour into two well lined loaf tins
  3. Bake at 150 dg for 1hour.

With another load of parsnips in the vegebox I was inspired this weekend to try out a parsnip cake … it came out really nicely its incredibly dense ,and again involves a combination of parsnip and ginger ( this time stem ginger in a soft cheese icing – disturbingly using up some soft cheese leftover from bagels two weeks ago – does it ever go off ) The cake is going fast …

Parsnip Cake with Stem Ginger Icing

Parsnip and Ginger Cake

  • 2 large parsnips
  • 100g of brown sugar
  • 3 large egss
  • 125g of butter .
  • 250g of plain flour
  • 2 tsp of baking powder
  • 2 tbsp chopped stem ginger
  • 2 tsp of cinammon

Grate parsnips

  1. Cream together brown sugar , eggs butter .
  2. Add plain flour baking powder ,
  3. Mix in chopped stem ginger , 2 tsp of cinammon .
  4. Mix in the parsnip and bake in two loaf tins at 175deg for 50mins .
  5. Remove and leave to cool
  6. For the icing mix chopped stem ginger with cream cheese and icing sugar to a custardy consistency. Leave in the fridge.
  7. Once the cake is cool smoosh the icing over the cake

Goes paticularly well with a cup of peppermint tea.

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One Response to Roasted Parsnip Soup and Cake

  1. Len Morris says:

    Hi Becky,
    Your a good cook looking at the pictures the food Looks delicious……. when can I move in??

    In the meantime, I’ll try these recipes at the weekend.

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