Almost all of us live two lives: what people see outside and what is really going on inside. In school we learn what outward signs of attention will please our teacher.
At job we learn to “put up a good hardworking face” whenever the boss happens to walk by. As if putting on masks, we style our hair, choose our clothes, and use body language to impress those around us. Over time, we learn to excel at hiding truly serious problems.
People tends to judge by outward appearances and so can easily be fooled. Acquaintances are often shocked when a mass murderer is arrested. “He seemed like such a nice man!” they insist. The outside appearance did not match the inside reality.
Fashion starts with a single purpose: to turn people’s heads. At first the new look is a shock. Many say, “Wow”, some say, “Ugh!” Whether it’s short or long dress, nose rings or ear rings, the new must stand out to gain attention.
The same with food it’s intention to turn people’s cravings. The look, colour, texture, combinations of flavour, spices, fruits, vegetables and meat must be beautiful, delicious, and creative on plate or bowls to table top in order to impress the eyes of human.
Many is going to say, “Ugh!” honey is sweet and treacle is even sweeter. Some will say, “Wow” why am I thinking when baking this cake. The cake will be very sweet; too much sugar.
Stop!!! “Hang in there” It might be tempting to dismiss the title – word as simplistic. We are what we eat, aren’t we? Knowing food allows us to survive. How often do we eat healthy or under nourish?
I don’t know about your thought. I am not asking you to eat unhealthy food. Google and found that honey is good health; “contains many important antioxidants. Antioxidants have been linked to reduced risk of heart attacks, strokes and some types of cancer. They may also promote eye health”.
“Treacle similar to pure molasses. Treacle contains vital vitamins and minerals; also both calcium and magnesium”.
I have recreated this cake from Nigella Lawson, a food blogger and TV cook. I have added treacle and instead of plain flour, I have use bread flour and plain flour. Which I ran out plain flour.
The cake is moist, soft and delicious. It can be for afternoon tea at friend or even for your own family gathering. My family and I like plain cake. You can drizzle butterscotch sauce on top .
Let’s start baking and fill the house with the aroma of honey treacle and spices!!!!!
150 g plain flour
400 g bread flour
3 Tsp baking powder
200 g soft light brown raw sugar
3 Tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 Tsp nutmeg
1 Tsp sumac
250 g unsalted butter
300 ml honey
4 dinner Tbs treacle
150 ml whole full cream milk
150 ml skim milk
a pinch of salt
Preheat 17 degrees C. Grease and line 10″ square spring form cake tin. Mix flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and mixed spice into a bowl. In another smaller bowl beat the eggs.
Melt butter, sugar and honey in a saucepan on a gentle heat, then add the milk and treacle. Stir to mix well. Let it cool for 10 minutes before adding flour mixture with the eggs.
Beat the mixture with a big balloon whisk until smooth. Then pour the batter into the prepared tin, and bake for 1 hour 30 minutes. The cake will rise during cooking (but fall on cooling) though you want the middle to remain a bit sticky.
Once done, switch off oven, leave cake with door close in oven for 35 minutes. The remove to rack to cool further 10 minutes. Now remove the tin and turn over to plate.
Serve it warm and with tea. Or even with ice cream.
Note: Oven temperature vary. You may need less or more time. You may use all plain flour. You may use golden syrup.
Or you may want to have half and half honey and treacle. Golden syrup is “light treacle; is a thick amber-coloured form of inverted sugar syrup made in the process of refining sugar cane or sugar beet juice into sugar”.
You can make butterscotch sauce to go with it. Or whipped up cream.