Old Fashioned seedy Cake - need a better recipe!
Posted: 01 July 2013 11:09 PM   [ Ignore ]
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I’ve been trying to find a recipe for an old-fashioned English cake, Seed Cake, made with caraway seeds. It’s a plain cake that one has with tea. I finally found a recipe, from Mary Berry, 100 Essential Cakes, but it was a bit dry. The result may have something to do with me baking in Vancouver, BC a recipe written for flour etc as well as equipment from the UK.

Does anyone have a reliable recipe written with North America in mind? The recipe I used was as follows:

8 oz self-raising flour (the metric was for 225g which is LESS than 8 oz; when I made it a second time I used 7.5 oz flour & it was better)
1 level tsp baking powder
5 oz butter, softened
5 oz caster sugar
2 large eggs
2 Tbs milk
2 oz chopped candied peel
2 level tsp caraway seeds
Mix dry. Blend in butter, then wet, then seeds & peel. Scatter a few seeds on top. Bake in a 7” lined deep round tin at 180C for 1 hr.

As one may see, it’s dead easy and very plain. The crumb was a bit dry and heavy. Ideas?

Many thanks!

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