Saturday, 30 August 2008
Well I do like a good swap and I also like cake, so the Cake-Off organised by yumptatious seemed like the ideal package. Cake by post - what a truly inspired concept! I was partnered with Maggz, who sent me a package choc-full of different kinds of cake. Just look at that plateful, which just shows a couple of pieces of each of the four cakes - a ginger and date cake, chocolate brownies, tablet and a fruit cake. Mmmm. Needless to say, my crack team of cake testers, consisting of my husband, my 4 year old daughter and 2 year old son, were happy to take on the task of helping me to eat all the cake! Thanks, Maggz, you are a truly excellent baker!
Above, you an see what I sent Maggz in return - a honey-glazed bara brith, and a syrupy lemon cake loaf. It was quite amusing to be posting a huge parcel, still warm from the oven! If the post office lady was surprised, she said nothing - maybe a lot of people post warm parcels?
I've now resolved to do a bit more baking around here - apart from anything else, I feel it's my duty as an expat Welsh girl bringing up my children in England to make sure that 'bara brith' is part of my children's cultural vocabulary. The recipe I linked to above is a classic one - though I would personally ignore the bit about the Cheddar (maybe it's a North Walian thing - I'm a South Wales valleys girl!). You just slice it as thinly as possible and butter it with salted butter. Yum. My children should definitely grow up eating this!