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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Bohemian Cake!

Tis the season to be jolly, Fa la la la la la...!!! So goes the words to one of my favorite Christmas carols! Happy Advent Season!! May baby Jesus enter all your homes and shower them with His choicest blessings!! There is something about Christmas that turns even a grouch into someone you want to hug all day...he he ! But then again, you do have the occasional Mr.Scrooge who pops up, in which case, you have to make this scrumptious Bohemian Cake!


I was just lazy yesterday...but then again, when am I not..:P So what do I do? I had actually taken the day off (to be polite, I actually bunked work, lol!). Leafing through the pages of a magazine, I happened to chance upon recipes for the festive season, and seeing that I had all the ingredients at home, decided to go ahead and make this.


Don't be alarmed by the name, trust me it's just a fancy name for a very simple yet extraordinarily delicious cake. And the best part is, you can have this even in the evenings with a nice cup of tea...or coffee for that matter! The cake is drenched in a butter sauce which is purely optional, but I did make it, and trust me, it makes it taste even better!

So how about we go ahead and find out how to make this, shall we :)

INGREDIENTS 


  • Unsalted butter 200gms (room temperature)
  • Granulated white sugar- 1 cup (depending on how sweet you want, but 1 cup is a minimum)
  • All purpose flour- 1 1/2 cups
  • Baking powder- 1 1/4 teaspoons (not heaped, else you get a soapy taste)
  • Milk- 1 cup (I used low fat)
  • Eggs- 2 (room temperature)
  • Vanilla essence- 1 teaspoon
  • Salt- A pinch
  • Nuts (optional- handful, for garnish)
  • Bowls- 2
  • Cherries, strawberries, sprinkles- Garnish (optional- You can use any fruit for garnish, in fact, you can even use cream)
For the sauce
  • Butter- 2 heaped tablespoons (room temperature)
  • Sugar- 5 tablespoons
  • Water- 1/4 cup
METHOD
  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  • Mix together the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt in a bowl and set it aside. Mix the ingredients thoroughly to ensure that they are spread out evenly.
  • In a separate bowl, beat the eggs, butter, milk and vanilla essence till you get a creamy mixture. 
  • Blend in the dry mixture, one spoonful at a time, using the cake mixer, till you get a creamy mixture.
  • Scrape the sides of the bowl and blend in one last time with the cake mixer. Ensure that there are no lumps.
  • To prepare the cake tin, spray some olive oil on the bottom and sides of the cake tin. In case you do not have a cooking oil spray, you can use butter to grease the bottom and sides of the cake tin.
  • Pour in the cake mixture and tap it gently against your kitchen table to ensure there are no air bubbles within the mixture.
  • Bake this in the oven for 30-40 minutes or till a toothpick inserted through the center comes out clean without any crumbs or liquid mixture. My oven took 40 minutes.
  • 10 minutes prior to taking the cake out of the oven, prepare the sauce. Melt butter, sugar and water on the stove at a low flame. 
  • Once the cake is ready, turn it over on to a plate and pour the liquid over the cake to soak it completely.
  • I had a can of tinned cherries and a bottle of sprinkles which is what I garnished the cake with, together with a handful of nuts. You can garnish it with any fruits of your choice.
And tada, Bohemian cake is ready!!


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