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29/06/2008


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madeira cake ...

Madeira cake got its name in the 19th century when it was served in the morning accompanied by madeira and similar sweet wines. I prefer mine with a cup of tea.

Here is the recipe I used. It is from The Stork Cookery Service The Art Of Home Cooking, a cookery book I have had since the third year of secondary school. It was used in the syllabus when I was working towards my O Level in Food & Nutrition, as it was called back in the late Seventies.

6oz Stork margarine or butter
6oz caster sugar
3 eggs size 3 or 4 although I used large
8oz plain flour sieved with
1.5 teaspoons baking powder

Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix together. Spoon mixture into a 2lb lined loaf tin. Bake in 160oC oven until firm and passes the skewer test. I forgot to time mine, approximately an hour, but do remember to keep a check.

21 comments:

méri said...

It looks great!
Your shop is much better with th galleries. Congratulations!

sheila said...

Oh, that looks nice. Beautiful picture. The first thing we ever learned to cook in school was Apple Parfait. I still remember the sense of shock and wonder at actually cooking something that tasted GOOD. The second thing we learned to cook was Lemon Sponge, which I still make. Thanks for including the recipe, by the way, not everyone does, and I love collecting recipes.

Christy said...

Mmm, that looks good!

BumbleVee said...

wooohoooooo okay... let's begin the day with wine and cake....boy, I'd be really silly by noon.... hahahhaha

Ragged Roses said...

My aunty use to make the most wonderful Madeira cake when I was little. I loved the smell of it when it was cooking. Yours looks lovely too, hope you enjoyed it
Kimx

Flighty said...

A slice of cake and a cup of tea sounds ideal to me! xx

Country Cottage Chic said...

Looks delicious!
My favourite recipe book is also a Stork one - my mum bought it for me in 1977 & it's falling apart but the recipes are just so good - it's called "Flop proof Baking" & the recipes really are flop proof!

Indigo Blue said...

OOOOhhh that looks yummy!

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Your recipe sounds wonderful!!! I love Madeira, so it has to be good!

xo
Becky

M.Kate said...

Wonderful recipe..but no baking for me, and there goes my diet for today :)

pebbledash said...

Yum! I do love madeira cake...simple and delicious. X

Naturegirl said...

mmmm...I'm off to Italy in Aug. I wonder if I'll taste some there for breakfast! Looks so yummy!

OhSoVintage said...

...or DS (Domestic Science) in the late 60s! That looks absolutely delicious. I made Delia's Chocolate and Guiness cake last week but broke my food processor in the process. I absolutely love raw cake mixture and will often make a cake just to eat it before baking (needless to say I have very small cakes as I lose so much of the mixture!)

carolr said...

I am going to make that cake-today.

Nicola said...

Hi Louise, yes we do have blackbirds here in Canada (as you asked). And magpies and blue jays and sparrows. And very cool eagles!

Lucy Bloom said...

Hi Loiuse, that looks a nice simple recipe - my kind of cooking. Don't tell anyone but I made another batch of muffins, they came out more like pancakes! (Methinks the oven wasn't hot enough).

Lesley said...

Oooh lovely ...and I didn't know that was why it is called Madeira cake.

You really do learn something every day in blogland :)

xxxx

the homely year said...

Hi Louise, the cake looks very moreish...I could just eat a slice...must make some. You can't beat the traditional recipes.
Margaret and Noreen

Gina said...

Scrummy recipe Louise..I will enjoy this one :)

Pat said...

Looks delicious and so easy to make! A perfect cake to accompany a cup of tea or coffee. Thanks Louise!

Jennie said...

Oohh I think that looks lovely. I am going to make it!