Saturday, April 10, 2010

In the Kitchen - Seed Cake

There will be knitting updates later, but this afternoon I made a Seed Cake, from The Art of Irish Cooking by Monica Sheridan.  The book is advertised as "Traditional recipes, menus, and cooking lore from the Emerald Isle, presented with wit and flair by a noted culinary expert."  The book is certainly delightful to read.  The seed cake was offered, along with a glass of port, to young lady callers.  Drinking the port by itself would not have been proper.  Seed cake has been on my mind since re-reading The Hobbit.  It is, apparently, an old-fashioned English tea cake.  The Aesthete Cooks has been exploring them, and that is where I found out about this particular recipe and the book that it comes from.

The Seed Cake itself is delicious, light but with a bit of a kick thanks to the caraway seeds (apparently a traditional ingredient in seed cakes).  I don't think it will last long.

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