My mom loves English cake very much. I used to buy her an English cake form the bakery in our neighborhood. One day an idea popped up in my mind, I can learn how to make English cake instead of buying it! It will be much better then. If I learned to make one, then I can make sure while preparing the ingredients that I’m using the natural sugar instead of the regular one. I can use the whole wheat flour instead of the white one, and etc. So why not? I googled English cake recipe and a zillion recipes appeared on the screen. I really was bewildered.
Which one to choose and try, I didn’t know till I found a question on Yahoo answers. The person who listed the question asked for the original English cake recipe. She said that she needed the recipe in simple words because she is not English talking person. I found the recipe listed very easy to implement. Direct and straight forward. Also all the ingredients mentioned are available in the kitchen except the yogurt. So I decided to give it a try. I went to the supermarket and bought the yogurt. when I arrived home I started baking. It is my first time to bake an English cake so I didn’t change any of the ingredients mentioned.
I followed the directions step by step, but if I got the taste of the cake I’m seeking I will start to do it on my own way. I may add / remove or even change something in the recipe to get different types of English cake. The only thing that I didn’t follow in this recipe was adding the raisins and walnut. I didn’t add them to the mixture. I wanted to test the recipe before start adding fruits and nuts to it. So you will note that I didn’t mention any of them in the ingredients list.
The end of the English cake story was so sweet. It is really, I liked it. It is a real professional English cake.
The characters for the story were:
2 1/4 teaspoon baking poweder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon of fresh orange peel
1/2 cup of yogurt
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
1/2 cup of oil or butter
1 1/4 cup of sugar
2 cups of flour
To bake the cake
You will need to heat the oven for 324 F(150 C) and a loaf pan. Beat all the ingredients together till you get homogeneous mixture. A useful tip before putting the mixture into the loaf pan, is to take a spread a very small amount of oil into the whole loaf pan, make sure that the oil covers everything even the high sides.
Add also a little amount of flour to it and shake the pan to distribute the flour everywhere. This step prevents the cake from sticking to the pan. Then before putting it in the oven you can put some raisins and walnut on the top of the cake (I didn’t do this step but you can if you want) . Bake for 45 minutes. After baking, spread some icing sugar on the top of the cake.
Adopted from Alice Ohannaisian, Published in Britainexpress.com