Easter is almost upon us, but it’s not too late to bake some cake to enjoy over the weekend. My favourite is of course the traditional Simnel (with or without the marzipan in the middle). I really can’t resist a fruitcake at any time of year. The Simnel is really a lighter version of the Christmas cake ( which has long since been gobbled up in our house), but doesn’t have enough cherries for my liking. This link will take you to my earlier post on the history of the Simnel and a fabulous recipe by Mary Berry. So if fruit cake is not your thing here’s four cake recipes to tempt you back into the kitchen.
Four Cake Recipes for Easter
Gilchesters Organics is situated 2 miles north of Hadrian’s Wall on the site of a roman fort. They work with nature growing and milling heritage grains and rearing white Galloway rare-breed cattle to combine a balance between farming and wildlife conservation. In addition to heritage wheat grains they grow rye, spelt and even older Emmer and Einkorn cereals. This is a result of their painstaking research into organic crop husbandry over the last ten years. The organic farming methods the follow allow them to produce the food people want in harmony with our surroundings. I have been a long term user of their flours, which are available in delicatessens, farmshops and on-line. More recently I’ve been following their baking recipes and experimenting with different combinations of flours. This Blueberry and Lime cake, made with their organic Pizza & Ciabatti flour and their organic semolina is heavenly. But for Easter you might also like to try Rhubarb, Spelt & Semolina, Sicilian Orange & Lemon or Sephardic Orange Cake.
Why Not Try an Easter Picnic
Why not plan a picnic for Easter. All our cake suggestions would travel well in your picnic basket. Along with some of Kiki’s Chocolates Easter Eggs (on sale in the Crafters Melrose or One Basket in Kelso), Laprig Valley Apple Juice (at local farmers markets or the Fruit Shop In Melrose) or some Tempest Beer, Kelso Gin or Lilliards Gin for the grown ups. You can check out all the wonderful local produce available for your Easter picnic on the Borders Food Network website.
Have a very Happy Easter.