I made this cake yesterday; a recipe I hadn’t used for ages. The cake turns out very soft, a bit crumbly, and totally delicious. As you can see from the photograph here, I’m about to cut myself a (huge) slice and have it with lovely coffee.
1and 1/4 cups of spelt (or white) flour
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup of buttermilk
1/4 cup molasses
1/4 cup olive oil
1 dsp honey
1 beaten egg
Mix all the dry ingredients together
Mix all the wet ingredients together
Mix all together until well combined
Put into a greased/lined loaf tin – I just brush with olive oil
Oven 180 degrees for 30 mins
Cool in a damp tea towel on a wire rack.
Serve on its own, or warmed and topped with plain yogurt – and try not to eat it all at once!
For a change, you can replace the spices with crushed walnuts and 2 dsp powdered coffee.
On Sally’s Smorgasbord, I always read Carol Taylor’s recipes with great interest, and as a bread lover, I was tempted to have a go myself when I read the recipe for pretzel bread. So, yesterday, I freed up my afternoon and made the bread. It’s not complicated but there are a lot of parts to it which made it really fun to do. And I was truly amazed as how it turned out. Totally delicious, crispy crust, and soft and chewy inside with a lovely taste. It will be a staple in my kitchen now. So I just had to share my baking day here.
(As I don’t have a family-size saucepan any more, I halved the recipe and then halved again. I put one half in the freezer – hope it’s ok in there. I’m adding a link here to the original post. Perhaps someone else might have a go?)
Yesterday, it was raining and very windy so I decided to forgo the afternoon walk and make bread instead. I make this brown bread very often but this time I added treacle and raisins for a change.
2 cups of wholewheat flour
1 cup of strong white flour
1/2 cup porridge oats
1/2 cup wheat bran (or germ)
1and 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of salt
Raisins, if using
1 tblsp honey or treacle
1 and 1/2 cups of buttermilk
Oven to 190 degrees celsius
All the dry ingredients into a large bow, mix well, add the honey or treacle and the buttermilk and mix all together by hand until it comes away from the sides of the bowl. Turn out onto floured worktop and knead for half a minute or so the shape into a round and place on floured baking tray. Cut a cross quite deeply with a knife and put into the oven for 20 minutes, then turn oven down to 160 degrees and cook for another 20 mins. Test with a skewer or knife to make sure it’s done. The knife should come out clean. Wrap in a damp tea towel and cool on a wire tray.
I always cut a piece off while it’s still warm and butter it. Heaven!