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Alysia will be making her next appearance on James Martins Saturday Morning show September 3rd and you will catch her on Stephs Packed Lunch, see this page for appearances, meanwhile, Alysia is looking forward to filming new shows for the brand new series of Saturday Morning with James Martin and as ever cannot wait to bring her abundance of knowledge and experience of botanicals to a wider audience.
Alysia's Beer, Blackberry & Chocolate Cake Recipe
175g Self Raising Flour
1 teaspoon Bicarbonate Soda
¼ Teaspoon baking powder
275g Soft Brown Sugar
2 Large Eggs
110g Butter softened
50g sifted Cocoa Powder
200ml Dark Beer (Timothy Taylors Landlord Dark is good for this)
150g freshly picked Blackberries
100g Dark Chocolate
2 Tablespoons Dark Beer
50g softened Butter
100g Icing sugar sifted
Blackberries to decorate
Sift the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda into a large mixing bowl, lifting the sieve high to give the flour a good air flow. Then add all the other ingredients, except the dark beer. Now, using an electric hand whisk, combine them for about one minute until you have a smooth creamy consistency. Stir in the dark beer, a little at a time, until it’s all incorporated. Finally fold in the blackberries. Pour mixture into prepared and greased cake tin and cook on 180c for 35 mins, check after 30 mins until sponge is springy.
To make the icing: Break up the chocolate into chunks and with the dark beer in a bowl set over a pan containing simmering water, without the bowl touching the water. When it’s melted take it off the heat. Mix in the butter and leave it to cool a little before whipping in the sifted icing sugar with an electric hand whisk. Decorate as required and add freshly picked blackberries to each slice as a garnish. Best not to add Blackberries on top of the cake as they will go off quicker than the cake ever will.
Alysia has an ever increasing presence on our screens as a botanical expert and forager. Not only that,
Alysia is a firm favourite amongst some of the country's top chefs and supplies them regularly with wild produce.
Amongst many things that Alysia is renowned for is her ability to innovate and be at the cutting edge of food and alcohol development. Alysia recently consulted for Grey Goose Vodka on a global innovation project, the results of which will be seen in about two years time!
Alysia is always open for a chat about collaborations on food and alcohol. and is a creative ideas person on all fronts.