A day of baking

This was actually last week, but I haven’t had time to write about it until now. Last wednesday I had a baking day and made 3 dozen fairy cakes (double the recipe of p39 of Nigella’s ‘How to be a Domestic Goddess‘) including icing most of them in tasteful shades of pink, yellow and white. Her recipe warns you it doesn’t look enough for 12 (one quantity) but I had no problems making a double quantity fill 36 cases, perhaps she uses the larger muffin sized cases whereas I used the small fairy cake sized ones. One day I will make tiny ones in petite four cases, they will be so cute. Can you tell I like fairy cakes?

I also made her Banana bread for the first time; this includes sultanas soaked in rum so it yery yummy but possibly not one for children. This might become my new favorite banana cake recipe, my previous one is a really quick one from one of Cas Clarke’s ‘Grub on a Grant‘ books, although that one uses less bowls and makes less washing up, the Nigella one is a lovely light, moist banana cake. I’m sure I could omit the rum next time and there will be a next time both because the recipe was yummy and because I often end up with slightly too ripe bananas that need using up. Actually, I have been know to let bananas go very ripe on purpose, I just like banana cake.

The final lot of baking was actually a recipe from my cookbook challange book: Flapjacks. I usually use my Mum’s recipe which, in my opinion, is the nicest flapjack ever, just the right amount of crunch, but I couldn’t find it. This recipe also includes coconut and sesame seeds and the only sugar comes from honey (actually the recipe calls for 2 tablespoons of malt extract and 1 of honey or 3 of honey which I used as I don’t have malt extract. The malt extract might make the honey taste less pronounced). They are yummy, and are probably better for you with the coconut and sesame seeds, so I’ll be cooking these again but I do hope I find Mum’s recipe soon. Flapjacks are great for lunch boxes as they don’t end up a mass of crumbs.


  1. Maggie said

    Mmmmm…love the idea of banana cake with dried fruit soaked in rum! I’m sure it would be fine for kids – the baking would get rid of the alcohol leaving just the flavour, but otherwise, perhaps soaking them in tea (Earl grey or just good old Tetley’s) might do the trick. Your post has sent me back to ‘How to be a Domestic Goddess’, a book I haven’t looked at in ages – food porn if eve there was such a thing!

  2. jenandberry said

    I’m sure the banana cake would be fine for kids, it just seems a shame to share it. I do like the idea of soaking the fruit in tea tho so I may well try that next time. Thanks for the suggestion.

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