In New Zealand the Edmonds Cookery Book is the first cook book that many people own. When my parents moved to NZ we met them off the plane with a welcome copy, sadly they have since gone back to the UK ,but they have their book with them.
This version of the book has been modernised and has some new fancy editions. Don’t worry, your favourites are still there. When I got this new copy (thank you Hachette) I said goodbye to my old copy as it was covered in sugary blobs from fudge and coconut ice making. I am pleased to say, my two favourite Edmonds recipes are still there.
Miss Muffin used the book just this week to cook the Impossible Quiche (p121) and it was very nice. We are trying to get her back into cooking and thinking, not always easy to do with a 13 year old.
So, if your copy is looking a bit over loved or your loved ones are leaving home, get yourself a new and improved copy of the old classic. You can now even learn how to make Bliss Balls!
Image from Edmonds
So in the past week I have bought a birthday cake and made another from a packet mix. Shall I go and sit in the foodies naughty corner? I will defend myself, both cakes have tasted very good and we have enjoyed eating them.
For Miss Muffin’s actual birthday I had to make a cake. Even if you had a fantastic rainbow cake at your Lush party, you still need an actual cake on your birthday. It is the law of birthdays.
I had a think about what Miss M likes and raspberry came to mind. I thought about buying some freeze-dried raspberry powder and then saw the Edmonds Cafe Style Raspberry Swirl Cake. At around $5.00 a box it was worth the gamble. That gamble paid off.
The cake was simple to make and the raspberry swirl was easy to add . The cake took around 45 minutes to cook and smelt lovely. The icing mix needed extra icing sugar adding as it was over buttery and runny. This was before adding the colour. Once I got the right texture I piped simple roses over the top of the cake and it piped nicely. My piping isn’t that spectacular but it did look good. A little bit more of the icing powder would have meant it could have gone further.
Now for the big one……….. the taste, it is divine. Seriously, it is good. The raspberry is a nice natural taste, the cake is moist and the butter icing is good. I am very impressed. This works out as good purchase and all that was required was eggs, butter and milk.
I look forward to trying more of the Cafe Style Cakes.
*Please ignore my gaps, it was my first time piping in a very long time. Miss Muffin was happy, it tasted good and she had a two cake birthday.