Carol Taylor with a reminder of National Cake day and some wonderful recipes as always… including for a stunningly rich fruit cake.
I think almost everyone loves a slice of cake…Don’t you? Cakes in all shapes and sizes have been around for centuries…From plain cakes to very elaborate cakes…to very, very elaborate cakes…
The first cakes were more bread-like and sweetened with honey, nuts and fruit were also added…history tells us that the Ancient Egyptians had quite advanced cake making skills.
The Oxford English Dictionary traces the English word cake back to the 13th century. It is a derivation of ‘kaka’, an Old Norse word. Medieval European bakers often made fruitcakes and gingerbread. These foods could last for many months.
A recipe from 2000 years ago had pomegranate seeds, pine nuts and raisins mixed into a cake made out of barley mash. Later in the Middle Ages, fruitcakes with honey, preserved fruit and spices were popular.
Fruitcake made with butter and sugar was banned for a while in Europe in the…
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