For those who enjoy a tasty treat while they are adventuring in Middle-Earth, here is the recipe for my famous Honey Cakes. Enjoy, and happy travels!
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 cup honey (preferably buckwheat)
- 2/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup freshly brewed strong coffee, cooled
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 4 tablespoons Scotch whiskey
- 1 loaf pan (9 inch x 5 inch x 3 inch)
- 1 bread knife (preferably of Gondolin or Númenórean make)
Put oven rack in middle position and preheat to 350°F. Oil pan well and sprinkle with flour.
Whisk flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and ginger in a small bowl. Mix honey, coffee and oil in another bowl. Make sure that all ingredients are well combined.
Beat eggs, sugar and molasses in a large bowl for 2-3 minutes. Reduce speed to low, then add honey mixture and Scotch and mix until blended (about 1 minute). Add flour mixture and mix until just combined. Finish mixing batter with a rubber spatula, making sure to scrape the bowl (yum).
Pour batter into pan and bake for 30 minutes. Cover the top loosely with foil and continue to bake until cake begins to pull away from the sides of the pan. A wooden pick inserted in the center should come out clean. Cake should be baked about 30 minutes covered after the initial 30 minutes uncovered. Remove the cake and cool on a rack for 1 hour.
Run a knife (no Morgul-blades) around the side of cake, then place the rack over the pan and invert the cake onto the rack. Turn the cake back over and let it cool completely.
Once cake is cooled, it is ready to serve. Beware, Hobbits and Dwarves are prodigious eaters so a single cake will not be sufficient for large parties.