Spiced honey cake (appenzell)

Yield: 1 Cake

Measure Ingredient
200 grams Liquid honey
200 grams Sugar
500 grams Wholemeal flour
20 grams Butter
1 decilitre Milk
1 \N Egg
15 grams Baking powder
10 grams Ground cloves
10 grams Nutmeg
10 grams Cardamon
1 pinch Cinnamon
\N \N Icing for decoration

(Units: 100 g = 3½ oz; 1 dl = 3 ½ fl oz = ⅖ cup; 180 oC = 350 oF; 200 oC = 400 oF; 230 oC = 450 oF; 250 oC = 475 oF; 2½ cm = 1 inch)

The Story:

The rural origins of Appenzell cookery are evident even in this substantial honey cake. It is very fashionable during the festivities at the end of the year to serve a spiced honey cake following the example of the famous triangular "Biberli", which also blends honey and spices. This recipe is inspired by the "Bacheschnitte" which are served on the "Funkensonntag", a spring festival held to exorcise all the evil spirits of winter by fire.

The recipe:

Gently heat the honey in a copper bowl or a bain-marie.

Heat the milk with the sugar separately then add to the honey and stir well over a low heat. Leave to cool.

Put the flour into another bowl and stir in the honey mixture and then the other ingredients.

Work all these together to a smooth consistency .

Place a greased flan ring (22 ... 24 cm diameter, 3½ cm high) on a baking tray and fill with the mixture.

Brush the top with milk and score a decorative pattern on the surface using a fork.

Bake in the oven for 30 minutes at 180 oC (test with a needle).

When cold, decorate with icing. Culinary Art and Traditions of Switzerland, Pro Gastronomia, 1992 Typed for you by Rene Gagnaux @ 2:301/212.19

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