Christmas Rum Cake

Once again this year, I’ve had requests for my Christmas Rum Cake recipe, so here goes. I thought I’d publish it online, as I am beginning to get tired of typing this up every year. 1 cup Sugar 1 tsp. Baking Powder 1 cup Water 1 tsp. Salt 1 cup Brown Sugar Lemon Juice 4 Large Eggs Nuts 1 Bottle decent quality dark Rum 2 cups Dried Fruit Sample the Rum to check quality. Take a large bowl; check the Rum again to be sure it is of the highest quality. Repeat. Turn on the electric mixer. Beat one cup...

Herman Cake – apple flavour

Here we go. Fresh out the oven. Herman Cake with grated apple. It took some 20 minutes longer than the sheet that came with him suggested to get it fully cooked, and perhaps I should have protected the cake a bit. But it didn’t collapse in the middle as the sheet said. Edit: The cake is very yummy, although I wish I’d not grated the apple, or had used cookers instead of Cox’s. A little more appley oomph would have made it just about perfect.

The Pleasures of Herman Cake – and how to join in

Sam brought Herman home a couple of weeks ago. We took care of him for ten days, giving him a little stir now and again, feeding him occasionally and making sure he didn’t get cold. Am I going mad? Nope. Herman is a sough dough culture for cake, not for bread as is usually the case. On the tenth day, you divide Herman into five, give four pieces to your friends and use the fifth to make a cake batter. And what a cake! You’d never believe it came from a sour dough culture – there’s no sourness. And it’s...