On first thought this book takes me back memories of an Alice who keeps growing and shrinking depending on what she ate or drank, a grinning Cheshire cat, the Mad Hatter’s teaparty, knaves painting white roses red, Alice and the Queen playing croquet with flamingoes and hedgehogs and a Queen of Hearts who keeps shouting “Off with their heads”!!
The first chapter of “Alice In Wonderland” starts with Alice getting with sitting down while her sister reads a book without any pictures. She then sees a White Rabbit (with pink eyes) that carries a watch and talks to itself, so she follows the rabbit down a hole.
She finally reaches the bottom of the hole to find………..
".............it was too dark to see anything; then she looked at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with cupboards and book-shelves; here and there she saw maps and pictures hung upon pegs. She took down a jar from one of the shelves as she passed; it was labelled `ORANGE MARMALADE', but to her great disappointment it was empty!"
I, on the other hand, had a jar which was full of Orange Marmalade. So I decided not go any further but see what I could do with marmalade.
My husband and our daughter do not like marmalade because “it is bitter and not sweet enough”. I enjoy butter and marmalade on hot toast but there’s only so much marmalade I can eat. So this was the perfect opportunity to try something different.
Some searching on the net and I found quite a few recipes but none of them were exactly what I wanted so took a little from some of them and put together a recipe that worked for me. This Marmalade Cake is a somewhat dense but moist cake but that doesn't mean it's not good.
The store bought marmalade in India tend to be on the sweeter side so I would suggest using a little more sugar if your marmalade isn't as sweet. If your cake does turn out a little less sweet, you can always dust it with powdered sugar or cover it with a marmalade glaze or drizzle an orange and powdered sugar glaze over it.
Orange Marmalade CakeIngredients:11/2 cups all purpose flour2 tsp baking powder1/4 tsp baking soda1 tsp allspice1/2 cup sugar50 gm melted butter2 eggs1/2 cup milk1/2 cup yogurt1/2 cup orange marmaladeMethod:Sift and mix all the dry ingredients together into a medium mixing bowl.Put the sugar and all the wet ingredients in a large mixing bowl and whisk together to mix well.Make a well in the dry ingredients and add the wet mixture to it. Gently fold in the mixture (do not over mix) to mix.Pour the batter into a greased and floured 7" or 8" round cake tin.Bake at 180C (350F) for about 50 minutes until the cake is done and a skewer pushed into the cake comes out clean. Let the cake cool in the tin for about 10 minutes, then unmould and cool it completely on a rack.Serve it plain with coffee or tea, or dust the cake with powdered sugar, cover with a marmalade glaze or else drizzle with an orange juice and powdered sugar glace icing.This cake should serve 8 people.Pour the batter into a greased bundt pan and bake for about 50 minutes or till the cake springs back when touched. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then cool on a rack.Do drop by my fellow bookworms Bhags, Dee, Harini, Rachel, Simran, Siri, Srimathi and Sweatha to see what Alice In Wonderland inspired them to cook.