Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Got treacle? More on Nanna's cakes...

"Take nothing on it's looks; take everything on evidence. There's no better rule."
-Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

It's difficult to stay thin and trim with a Nanna like ours. British to the bone, she comes from a long line of cake makers (her father was a "chef du cuisine" in the army in England).  You can't just look at her creations, you have to try them just to be sure they are what they appear to be. I can tell you one thing and that is that she has never, ever made anything from a box. Drop by Nanna's on any given day and you may find...

a "simple sponge cake" she serves with tea.

You never know what delight may be wrapped in a tea towel to keep it moist...

This treacle (a British term for molasses) cake was from an old recipe she rediscovered and it was outstanding. I mean, where do you even get treacle? She served it with tea and lashings of real butter, proving that nothing has changed since Miss Havisham's tea times with Pip when it comes to a proper tea. I suppose you could say "no, thank you", but forget about it - it's just too good! That's what a Nanna does best and we sure are lucky to have her. Long live the Queen... and Pluff Mud Kid Nanna!

click here for Jamie Oliver's amazing Queen Victoria Sponge cake recipe - we love this website!

 even better - Jamie Oliver's video on how to make a really basic sponge cake.

 Jamie Oliver's treacle cake recipe

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