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I also remember Happy Mouffetard's struggles to find a decent tasting parsnip cake, so it was time to see for myself...
... and here's the result. A yummy fruit cake with not a hint of parsnip, independently verified by NAH as 'delicious, can I have some more please'. Then I told him about the hidden ingredient and he still demanded more.
Anyone trying to increase the vegetable intake of their loved ones take note.
The recipe worked exactly as written, even down to the timings in my fan assisted oven. The only change I made to Holly Farrell's recipe was to omit the 2 tablespoons of honey poured over the top. I figured the cake would be sweet enough already and NAH agreed.
Bloggers' Cut Chelsea Fringe event a couple of years ago. We conclusively proved cake is what makes the gardening world go round.
How clever of Holly to put the two together in her fine book. I'd say the grow your own part is more for beginner gardeners, designed to encourage them to start, and with the dangling carrot ('scuse pun) of some delicious baked goods to try with the fruits of their labours.
The basics are covered well for the baking part too, with lots of clear photographs to show the techniques involved and recipes which vary from simple through to impressive.
There's a great range of recipes to try arranged by the season, plus ideas for afternoon tea, puddings and some savoury bakes.
Those with allergies or intolerances aren't forgotten, with safe recipes highlighted, or suggested adaptations to make them so.
There's just one niggle on my part, not all the bakes are pictured. I've made a start on that deficiency with my Parsnip Winter Cake :)
|Now, which one shall I try next...?|
Recipe from: Grow Your Own Cake: Recipes From Plot to Plate by Holly Farrell, photographs by Jason Ingram. Published by Frances Lincoln (£16.99).
You may also like to try my Spicy Parsnip Soup.