Friday, 21 September 2007

The Blueskin Bayleaf (column)

Gorse Cake

Spring is here and flowers are all around. This is an interesting cake
using flowers we have in abundance – just be careful when you are
harvesting and have plenty of sticky plasters in your pocket!

Beat together:
• 1 ½ cups of oil
• 2 cups raw sugar
• 4 eggs
• 2 tsp vanilla

In another bowl, sift together:
• 2 cups whole meal flour
• ½ tsp each cinnamon, fenugreek, mixed spice, allspice

then add and mix in:
• 3 cups clean fresh gorse flowers
• 1 cup shredded coconut
• 1 cup chopped nuts

Add in the wet mixture and mix.

In a cup, dissolve together:
• 2 tsp baking soda
• 2 Tbs warm milk.

Add to cake mixture and mix.

Bake at 180°C for around 1 ½ hours.

Mix together:
• 1 tsp lemon juice
• ½ cup icing sugar
• ½ tsp vanilla
• warm water to mix

then drizzle over the cake.

Sprinkle with gorse flowers and coconut. Serve with a cup of tea on a
pretty plate.

by Rowan Holt

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