In honor of the daffodils which are coming into bloom now and the poem by William Wordsworth, I wanted to bake this lovely Seed Cake which was supposed to have been the favourite cake of William's sister Dorothy! I have been to their home up in the Lakes, Dove Cottage . . . and it was a lovely white washed cottage. One could almost imagine Dorothy and William sitting in the back garden munching on seed cake and drinking cups of tea. Well, I could at any rate!
Seed cake is actually a very traditional cake which goes way back in British history. It was very popular in Victorian times, and a good seed cake recipe would have been included in most cookery books of that era.
This traditional British cake is flavoured with caraway or other flavourful seeds. Caraway seeds have been long used in British cookery, and at one time caraway-seed biscuits were prepared to mark the end of the sowing of the spring wheat . . . so I would say it's pretty timely, as this would be the time of year they would be sowing it.
I love caraway seed . . . and I love cake, especially this type of cake . . . the kind of cake which is perfect for enjoying mid afternoon with a nice hot drink . . . during your break from spring cleaning, coz . . . you're all doing that aren't you? ;-) Well, if you aren't yet you will be, I know. DO let it mature overnight and then serve it thinly sliced with your favourite cuppa. You are in for a real treat. Buttery. Lightly flavoured with caraway. It's really nice
*Seed Cake*Makes one 2 pound loaf
1 TBS milk
Did you know that Caraway Seeds are thought to aid digestion? They are from a herb related to the parsley family. Whatever . . . they're really tasty. This recipe was adapted one which I found in a National Trust Cookery Book, entitled . . . Good Old Fashioned Cakes. You can't beat a National Trust baking book. Yummy! These are the recipes they use in most of their tea rooms.
Bon Appetit! Happy Daffodil season.