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I knew you were coming so I baked a cake

February 24, 2013

It was very cold again today – the thermometer didn’t really get much above zero, but at least it wasn’t  raining.  The beloved received a ransom text from Halo and so set off to collect Arlo from Dorchester.  I thought I’d make a cake to celebrate his return – in between stints of painting aubergines.

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Rella was in the kitchen trying to find some runny honey to put on her toast with no success. The pantry’s too cold, so the honey’s crystallised – in fact there were three pots of honey, all half used and all crystallised.

(Time to share with my children that honey can be converted back to runny honey with the addition of a little heat – although it isn’t quite the same.)grainy-honey2honey

I thought that I’d use one of these half used pots and make honey almond cake. It’s quite sweet and has a texture reminiscent of a McVities Jamaica ginger cake, but without the ginger –  you could always add ginger if you wanted, or cinnamon might be nice.

Put your half jar of crystallised honey into a saucepan and heat very slowly and gently gently until it’s runny again. (At this point you could return the honey to the (washed) jar and use it as runny honey again.)

Let the honey cool and then pour it into a bowl and add 2 eggs, 4oz sugar and three tablespoons of sunflower oil and beat well.

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Add 4oz ground almonds and 6oz self raising flour and mix.honey-cake2 Add 1tsp ground ginger if you want to now.

Pour into an 8″ square cake tin, lined with grease proof paper, and bake at about 18oc for half an hour  – or until it’s golden.

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Leave to cool and then cut into slices.

It’s quite nice iced with icing sugar and water mixed with some almond extract  – if you haven’t put ginger in, that is.

Arlo’s home, happy and quite tired. It seems that he has been spoiled rotten and been fed takeaway pizza, been swimming and shooting, hasn’t been to bed before 10pm and hasn’t been made to wash either. Lucky boy!

Thanks Halo and Damon 🙂

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