I’ve already posted these on Ship Of Fools, but thought they deserved a (slightly) different audience:
BLUE PETER MAYONNAISE CAKE
275g SR flour
225g caster sugar
1.5 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla essence
4 tbsp cocoa
225ml boiling water
1. Mix together flour, sugar & baking powder
2. Add mayo and mix till it resembles breadcrumbs
3. Dissolve cocoa in water & then add to mix with the vanilla essence
4. Put into a greased, paper-lined tin
5. Bake at 350°F/180°C/GM4 for 1 hour
6. Leave in tin to cool.
7. Suggested frosting: 2 tbsp cocoa dissolved in a little water/ 75g soft butter/225g icing sugar.
DANIELE’S HONEY SPICE CAKE
150g plain flour
5g baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
2 pinches powdered cloves
0.5 tsp nutmeg
180g runny honey
1 egg, beaten
1. Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
2. Add everything else
3. Beat to a runny batter
4. Pour into a greased baking tin
5. Bake for about 45 mins at 180°C/ GM 4
This works with ginger instead of the other spices (or as well as the other spices)
And when I didn’t have honey I used Dandelion Jam (but I’m guessing that’s not very common elsewhere!) I think golden syrup would probably work as well.
I’ve added raisins to one cake. They sank to the bottom, but were very nice. Lumps of crystallised ginger could add to the gingeriness if you make it with ginger.
I’ve made both these and really like them – but I find that if you tell people that the mayonnaise cake is made with mayonnaise they tend to go a bit iffy about it. Make sure you don’t use mayonnaise with added garlic or mustard!
On another subject: the sermon went OK. People were very kind – I don’t know if they really did “get something from it”, or whether they were just being encouraging. But, of course, those most deeply affected may well not be saying anything. Thank you to Ian for his comments too.
There’s another Englishwoman who, I think, has joined us at church – joined us, rather than just visiting. Her French (envy, envy) is much better than mine. But she has been in France 4 times longer than I have, so there’s a bit of an excuse for me! Hopefully I’ll get more of a chance to talk to her sometime soon.