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Regional Cake-athon
Wed 16-Apr-14
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I think I might have seen that list of british foods and probably got a few ideas from it. Other ideas have come from ebooks of old cookbooks, such as 'Cassell's dictionary of cookery'. My upcoming I & J recipes came from there but the recipes are a bit vague so I often back them up by finding equivalents on-line and combining them.

I think the java cakes might be named after the american habit of referring to coffee as java so sadly it might not be related to the scottish place frownI'm definitely a fan of that kind of gooey middle cake/pudding though and was going to try a version of Suffolk Pond Pudding later in the list (shortly after I added it to my list, Paul Hollywood did them on his daytime tv show and he demonstrated that it's not an easy recipe to get right!)

 

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Thu 14-Aug-14
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I should probably have realised that I was being a bit ambitious trying another recipe challenge with two small kids and I just haven't had time recently to do any new recipes in my A-Z.

Back in June I did the letter I, with Isle of Wight Cracknells. This was yet another old recipe where no pictures seem to exist on the Internet.

I struggled a bit finding a suitable recipe for the letter J but found something called Jersey Pudding. This was a sponge pudding with dark sugar and raisins and sounded a bit like a christmas pudding but with a bit less fruit. Since I'm not a huge christmas pudding fan I used a mixture of dark and white sugar and changed the raisins for apricots.

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The inspiration for the recipe came from the Cassell's Dictionary of Cookery book. I scaled it down a bit so I could cook it in the microwave in our smaller pyrex jug.

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It was my first attempt at a sponge pudding (as far as I can remember) and it came out ok.

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Thu 14-Aug-14
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Looks good, an interesting recipe.

 Are we having fun yet? I am!

Thu 14-Aug-14
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How long did you microwave it for, Mike?

learning to love veg…..except celery :-O

Thu 14-Aug-14
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6-7 minutes on medium.

I also used ground up oats instead of ground rice - I couldn't be bothered buying a pack just to use a few grams. I am a little horrified by how much butter there is in one serving though. If I do a sponge pudding again I might look for a lower fat version.

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Sun 17-Aug-14
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I was just googling some recipes (I am planning to do Kentish Huffcakes next) when I found this book:

A Slice of Britain: Around the country by cake

 

I'm not surprised that someone has done something like this but I am surprised that it took me so long to stumble upon it.

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Mon 18-Aug-14
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Had to have a look, Mike, when I read up, I just had to have it, has a brilliant write up, will get my Copy tomorrow, can't wait.chef

Mon 18-Aug-14
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I might wait until it comes out in paperback... or I get a job and can afford to start buying stuff again. We already have about a dozen cake books so even though this one is nicely different to the others I probably won't be buying it just yet.

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Mon 18-Aug-14
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I love Travel Books, and Baking, and can afford to indulge myself now and again. When you can't go on Holiday, or do the things other People take for granted, Books, are my kind of'make up for'  Hope you get something soon. Tina.wave

Wed 20-Aug-14
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Got this Book, yesterday, Mike, and was very disappointed, it falls between two Stools, neither a good Travel Book or Baking Bonanza. Nothing much new in it, and no Pounds and Ounces, which the Recipes would have been originally written in, and would have been more authentic , could have had conversion. Very small and for me hard to read, only a few Cartoon Pictures, no, not Money well spent, but if I see anything in it I think would interest you, will put it on here. Tina.chef

Wed 20-Aug-14
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Thats a shame, Tina. The book did sound very promising and the extract on the amazon site was good. It looks like there is being a resurgence in regional recipe though because Paul Hollywood has a book out later this year covering much the same ground. I didn't realise I was setting such a trend when I started blogging about it!

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Wed 20-Aug-14
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I now will not buy a Cookbook that does not have pounds and Ounces, and Metric, am too old to change now.chef

Sat 6-Sep-14
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I'm now up to the letter K and did Kentish Huffkins the other day.

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These are a fairly ordinary bread roll apart from the dimple in the middle which you make with your thumb before baking.

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Looks good.

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I've just realised that I forgot to post my letter L: Liverpool Tart, which I made last month.

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A couple of days ago I made a Manchester Pudding. I vaguely remember a version of this form school dinners but I think they used a sponge base instead of the custard/breadcrumbs.

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Now I need to find a recipe for 'N'. My original two ideas were Northumberland Threshing Day Barley Bread or Newcastle pudding. The former needs barley flour (I have no idea where I can get that from - I don't remember seeing it in the shops). The latter is a bit like a bread and butter pudding, which Emma doesn't like.

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