The the output from Deeleea’s bakery largely depends on availalbe resources.
Take these for example… Queen Cakes. I haven’t made these since I was learning how to cream butter and sugar in mother’s kitchen.
When I was eight . (Sh*t, that’s 30 years ago…)
The reason I made them today was the usual ‘it’s 3pm and I feel a little peckish, peckish for something sweetish’ reason… That and the ‘I can’t be bothered walking up to the shop to buy chocolate’ reason…
Well, actually, more precisely, that’s the reason I baked… the reason I made these little babies in particular was the available resources. I haven’t shopped for a while and all that were in the cupboard in terms of sweetnesses were the sultanas…
You see, if I’m in the mood for sweetness I usually start with the muffin cookbook, at c, c for chocolate. But at the moment we’re out of cocoa.
Last time I made biscotti… but nuts? I’m all out.
So, I got out my Kiwi Baking Bible and researched cake recipes for cooks with limited resources… which brings us back to the Queen Cakes… Simple cupcakes with sultanas in them… they’d be better looking if I’d creamed the butter and sugar for longer I’m sure… but the sweetness fix was a calling and my arm was hurting…
They looked a little naked so I had to call ‘Lil sis to remind me what we did with these babies back in the day (she’s 5 years younger, and only has to remember back 25 years) apparently we used to treat them with pink icing, and probably with coconut sprinkled on the top.
Today I made blue icing. I overdid the vanilla and it tasted feral so it went down the sink… but even naked they tasted pretty good…
And there’s enough left for lunch tomorrow.
Ah, the good old Edmonds Cookbook.
Russian Slice, Ginger Crunch/Gems, Victoria Sponge…
Mmmmm Ginger Crunch.
Note to self.
A) Go Shopping
B) Add Ginger to the list…
Yummy! Can you ring me when you get a mo Dee?
I think we need a meet at your house at lunch tomorrow: to scoff them all! :)
me too … no idea what they were called though …. yummy! but b*&ger! I’m hungry now and the cafe next door is mysteriously closed! all I have is tuna in a tin or potato/bacon soup … and I want cake!
Jack the Lass says
I used to make those when I was a little girl too!