A Perfect Summertime Cake

strawberry cake

We had a much-needed rainy afternoon here and it cooled down the temperatures so that it was possible to even think about turning on the oven to bake a cake. This is another way to use up the zillions of zucchini from the garden. It is a very different recipe from the standard zucchini bread…

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PARSNIP PIE

parsnip flan

The sweet-flavored parsnip has at various times been added to sweet dishes, especially in the Tudor period when sugar was expensive.  This dish has a creamy taste and the consistency of lemon curd.  In springtime, it was traditionally decorated with sugared primroses. Ingredients: 8 oz. short crust pastry 1 ½ lbs. parsnips, peeled and chopped.…

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BELGIAN SNACKING CAKE

Belgian cake

This unusual cake which is moist with a surprisingly light texture is an ideal way to finish up any left-over mincemeat.  Needs to be cold before slicing and the taste and texture is actually better the next day. Ingredients: 4 oz. unsalted butter (softened) 3 oz. soft brown sugar 2 eggs (beaten) 5 oz. self-rising…

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ECCLES CAKES

Eccles cakes

The Eccles cake is named after the town of Eccles, which is in the historic county of Lancashire and now classified as a town in the City of Salford, Greater Manchester. They are part of a Lancashire food tradition, with similar cakes being found in other parts of the County of Lancashire. Eccles cakes were traditionally…

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