this needs to be cut and served in big chunks, still hot inside, wrapped in parchment paper and eaten while walking in the park with paths full of dry yellow leaves, bundled in shawl. perfect autumn cake.
It might be still august but I'm already looking forward to fall.
Summer has lost it's charm since I've started University - because there was no summer since then.
That's why I like fall. You see, first few weeks are relatively stress-free because first important exam is in 4th or 5th week. After that, it's all just late-night studying.
I baked today.
and it felt awesome to do something creative and get a break from pathologic physiology.
I've replaced half of the ingredients but it turned out great. first loaf-shaped cake which isn't completely burned on the outside and gooey on the inside = success!
it seems to me like a cake Hagrid would bake, with generous portion of nuts, cranberries and dark chocolate, and of course wholewheat flour (lately, I've been obsessed with wholewheat flour when baking - I feel unreasonably happy when I add that light brown goodness to the batter instead of the regular white - and I really don't know why...)
original recipe here
didn't have orange liqueur - used Rum
didn't have dates - used dried cranberries
didn't have brown sugar (strange) - used white
no orange zest - used lemon
no ground cloves - used ground ginger
I didn't freshly squeeze orange juice, used some OJ (with pulp) we had
no pecans - just regular walnuts
and some chocolate, because I felt like adding chocolate, don't jude me.