“She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:
"Winter is dead.”
~AA Milne, when we were very young
NOTE: I am away at the moment helping my mother with her treatment for lung cancer. I have set up a few posts to post whilst I am away as a special surprise. Some are new and some are reposts of old favourites that you may have forgotten, or if you are a new reader may not even have seen. I'll be back at the end of May, but in the meantime . . . Enjoy!
PS - I will only have sporadic internet use, so if you ask a question and I don't get back to you . . . it's not that I don't want to. It just may take me a while.
Sunday, 10 February 2013
Have you ever craved something which you know is sooooo naughty that you really shouldn't have it in the house . . . but before you know it, you are in the kitchen banging on the pots and pans and baking it???
All week I had been craving this cake . . . it was on my mind when I went to bed at night . . . and one of the first things I thought about when I got up in the morning . . . thoughts of it followed me throughout my days . . .
Finally today I could resist it no longer . . . I just had to bake it. It's like "Cake Crack." One bite and you are addicted. Unlike any other cake you've ever known . . . bake this once, and your life will never be the same. Tis totally true . . .
It has the most incredibly moist and fudgy texture. Unlike any other cake I've ever baked or eaten . . . it is almost sludgy . . . but it's not. Actually I don't think there are any words which can describe this delicious cake adequately.
Buttery, dense, sweet . . . incredibly moreish. This is one you will be digging your fork into each time you pass the tin . . . for . . . just ONE more taste . . .
The very first time I made it, some 30 odd years ago (can I possibly be that old???) I thought it had gone totally wrong . . . but I had a bite and that was it. I was totally smitten, love at first BITE.
You've been warned.
*Fudgy Vanilla Tray Bake*
Dense and delicious. This is one you will find yourself picking at every time you walk by the tin. Don't say you weren't warned.
225g of butter (1 cup)
250ml of water (1 cup)
200g of plain flour (2 cups)
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp salt
383g of granulated sugar (2 cups)
2 large free range eggs, beaten
60g of sour cream (1/2 cup)
1 tsp almond extract
1 tsp vanilla extract
110g of butter (1/2 cup)
60ml of milk (1/4 cup)
585g of icing sugar, sifted (4 1/2 cups)
few drops almond and vanilla extracts
115g of chopped walnuts (1/2 cup)
Preheat the oven to 190*C/375*F /gas mark 5. Butter a 15 by 10 inch baking tin. Dust lightly with flour, tapping out any excess. Set aside.
Cut the butter into bits and put it into a large saucepan along with the water. Bring to the boil. Beat the eggs, Temper them with a bit of the hot butter mixture. Whisk them into the water along with the sugar. Whisk in the flour, baking soda, salt, sour cream and extract until smooth. Pour into the prepared pan. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan on a wire rack for 20 minutes. Spread the frosting over top, sprinkle with the walnuts and allow to cool completely. Cut into squares to serve.
To make the frosting combine the butter and milk in a saucepan. Cook over low heat until the butter melts. Bring to the boil over medium heat. Remove from the heat and stir in the icing sugar and almond extract. Spread this over the cake. Sprinkle with the chopped nuts. Allow to cool completely before serving.