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Sephardi orange & almond cake

morocco, spain

This recipe is adapted from Claudia Roden.  This cake has north African and Spanish roots.  According to Claudia, citrus cultivation and trade was particularly associated with Sephardi Jews around the Mediterranean, and there are any number of orange cake recipes in Sephardi culture.  

smbloodorange0001.jpgThis cake is remarkable for its total lack of both butter and flour.  You could use five or so clementines or tangerines instead of the oranges. 

Don't worry if the cake sinks as it cools, or in fact turns out looking rather boring.  Trust me it is delicious, especially if served as a pudding with freshly sliced blood oranges and whipped cream.

Rhubarb and yoghurt cake

This cake is so easy - you can throw it together in ten minutes.  It always goes down really well when we make it in cooking classes.  Rhubarb, orange and yoghurt make a delicious combination.  But you could omit the orange flower water, or substitute rose water, or just use vanilla.  Enjoy the cake warm or cold, at tea time or for dessert.  It pairs beautifully with a dollop of creamy yoghurt.  The recipe is adapted from one by Leanne Kitchen.  


Perfect Cakes Masterclass, 27th Jan 2011

Smchoctortes0004.JPGThis class is taught by professional pastry chef Jennifer Altman, who is flying over from California to deliver a series of special one-off Masterclasses with Culinary Anthropologist.  Don't miss out!

This is a half-day hands-on workshop limited to just lucky 8 guests who will learn the secrets for ensuring perfectly baked cakes every time.  You will make three different kinds of cake - pound, genoise and chiffon - plus buttercream, curd and other luscious fillings - and get one to take home. 

Jennifer will explain the science behind making great cakes and teach you how to approach any cake recipe with confidence!

smcoffeecake0001.JPGDate:  Thursday 27th January, 2011

Time:  2pm-5.30pm

Location:  London N5

Price:  £70

Multi-booking discount:  If you book 4 or more places at any of Jennifer's January 2011 masterclasses (Cookies, Pastry, Chocolate & Cakes), each place will be discounted by £10.
  For example, you could attend all four masterclasses, or you plus a friend could come to two of them, or you plus three friends could come to one class. 

To book:  Email Anna  Please read the booking terms & conditions before booking your place.  Thank you.

Kalbura bastı (aka Hedgehogs)

I named these Turkish syrup-drenched cakelets ‘hedgehogs’ due to their spiky appearance and potential appeal to kids.  Making them is great fun, involving an unusual use for a colander (a ‘kalbur’ in Turkish).  I helped make them in Erhan Şeker’s restaurant kitchen, under the watchful eye of his assistant Nesrin.  Impossible to find in restaurants, kalbura bastı are commonly made in Turkish homes.  So for a true taste of Turkish home-baking, get out your colander...

Smhedgehogs0001.jpgThe ingredient quantities in this recipe probably need some refining, so please let me know how it goes if you make it.

A bakery with a view

Smsamantadonuts0001.JPGIn the basemenent of Maciej Rzankowski's bakery, Cukiernia Samanta, there's a 100-year-old poppy-seed grinder that's been in the family since 1927 - much like the business itself.  It started with his grandparents, in the southern Polish town of Zakopane, up in the Tatras mountains.  And it's still there over 80 years later, and still going strong: Zakopane only has a population of about 26,000, but on the last Thursday before Lent ('Fat Thursday', the Polish equivalent of Mardi Gras) he sells 47,000 pączki doughnuts

Since 1927 there have been many changes in Poland, much of which we found reflected in the history of Cukiernia Samanta. There's a lot that his grandparents wouldn't recognise: it's changed from a one-shop operation into an out-of-town factory supplying cafés all over town.

But there's a lot they would recognise, too. It's still an avowedly local, family business, still has the same eye for quality, and the loyal customer base who wouldn't let him get away with anything less. And having tasted a selection of delicious freshly baked goodies - both in one of the downtown cafés and after our tour of the factory - we're sure his grandparents would have been proud of all of them.

Christmas special part 2 - Twice sherried Christmas cake

california, uk
Perhaps this should be 'California Christmas cake', due to the inclusion of apricots, dates and macadamias.  You don't have to use them - you can substitute pretty much any dried fruit and nuts you like.  These ones worked for me, but maybe because I ate it in a log cabin near Lake Tahoe after inching my way down the freezing ski slopes.  The use of two whole bottles of sherry, however, seems very British, and should work anywhere.

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