Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Tastes from Childhood

While visiting my parents at Christmas I asked mum for a basic loaf recipe that she used to make us when we were growing up.  It was just a plain loaf  but it was always my favourite.  Mum was not sure exactly which one it was so she just pointed me in the direction of the cook books she used back then and told me which recipes she could remember using.
The recipe was finally tracked down in an old community recipe book where ladies from the community had all contributed a couple of their favourite recipes and then it had been printed and sold to raise money for charity.  This little old book was missing its cover, dog eared and printed the old way pre-photocopiers (not sure what it was called) and each recipe was credited to the lady who submitted it.  This little book had sure had a workout, always a good sign.

The recipe is called a Brandy Cake.  Strange since it does not contain Brandy and if baked as a loaf not a cake.  It could perhaps come from the colour but that is just a guess.
Anyway it is a good one to whip up when you want a cake but are all out of eggs.

Brandy Cake

Melt together:
4 Tbls Golden Syrup
200 gm Butter
1 dsp instant coffee (leave this out if you want or are making for children)

Sift together:
3 c Flour
2 Tbls Baking Powder
3Tbls Cornflour
Then mix in 1 1/2 c sugar.

Dissolve 2 tsp Baking Soda in 1 1/2 c cold milk and add this to the melted mix and quickly whisk to combine.
Pour over the dry ingredients and pour into 2 greased loaf tins.  Bake at 160 degrees for 55mins.


  1. I love my old community recipe books...they are the best! That loaf looks really nice, thanks for sharing the recipe!

  2. Gorgeous looking bread and a very easy recipe! Sounds delish!

    Thanks for posting another scrumptious post, Fiona.


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