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Golden Syrup Cake

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Emily Bergl and her cake

Ah, Golden Syrup!  Also known as “light treacle,” it’s a British thing.  Thick, sweet and (duh!) syrupy, it has the same color and consistency as honey, but is made from cane sugar.  So it’s basically just melted sugar.  100% sugar. Sweet, pure, delicious sugar.  And doesn’t the name Golden Syrup sound delightful and kind of magical?

My mother is of British extraction — well, she’s from New Zealand, which was a British colony back in the day — so we always had a can of Lyle’s Golden Syrup slowly crusting up in the back of a cupboard.

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I loved this stuff — I think my Mum grudgingly allowed me to use it as an oatmeal topping, but only on special occasions!  Because, you know, she grew up when sugar was rationed, so  . . .

This recipe below is from Emily Bergl, currently appearing in Plenty at the Public Theater.  (She found this recipe on a BBC site called Good Food.)  I’ve adapted it to American measurements.  (I hope I did the math right!)

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Golden Syrup Cake
Ingredients:
1 cup butter (that’s two sticks)
1 cup sugar (light brown adds depth but white is fine
1 1/3 Golden Syrup
3 cups all-purpose flour
4 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 Large Eggs
1 1/4 cups milk *
4 tbsp Golden Syrup

Notes:
— You’ll need a 10″ springform pan for this cake.

*Emily substituted coconut milk

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 140C/fan (or 160/C – gas mark 3). Grease the tin and line the base with baking (parchment) paper, leaving a little to cover the bottom corners and sides. Press into place.
  2. Place butter, syrup and sugar into a large pan and heat gently until the ingredients are just melted together, stirring occassionally. Leave to cool for 10 minutes – it helps if you place the pan away from the hob during this time since it will remain warm.(Oh, the hob!! The hob!!  It’s like we’re sitting down to tea with Mr. Tumnis in the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe!)
  3. Beat the eggs with the milk. Add the flour and milk/egg mixture to the cooled syrup mixture in the pan and beat steadily with a wooden spoon until all the lumps have gone. This may take a few minutes, so you will need a little patience. Pour the mixture into the tin.
  4. Bake for around 50 minutes. The cake will be well-risen and springy, but still very moist. After a few minutes cooling time, pierce the cake all over with a skewer and spoon the extra golden syrup over the top. Leave to cool completely in the tin.
  5. This cake keeps for a week and only improves with time.  It’s a real treat and a cake you will be asked to make again and again.

Peanut Butter/Nutella Brownies

The Cast and Crew of Hamilton
The cast and crew of Hamilton (photo by Joan Marcus)

 

Hamilton had its first preview on January 20, and the packed house went wild!  (The Public has a “First Performance Free for All” where the first row of every new show this season is given out by lottery.   Over 9,000 people signed up online to try to get those tickets!)  They’ve already extended the run at the Public through April 5, but I hear that even that new block of tickets is mostly sold out.  But still, give it a try here.

So the following degenerate recipe was featured at last week’s Wine and Unwind.  (I call them degenerate because I needed to find a synonym for decadent, which is highly overused in this blog.  A brownie batter featuring peanut butter AND Nutella?  If that’s not degenerate, I don’t know what is!)

Peanut Butter/Nutella Brownies

Ingredients:

1 cup butter (2 sticks), melted
2 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
4 large eggs, room temperature
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup cocoa
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup Nutella
1/2 cup peanut butter

Method:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and grease a 9″ x 13″ glass pan

1.  In a medium bowl combine all-purpose flour, cocoa (sift this in to get rid of lumps), baking powder and salt. Set aside.

2.  Over low heat, melt butter and stir in sugar until well combined.  Remove from heat and and vanilla extract.

3.  To the butter-sugar mixture add eggs, one at a time. With a wooden spoon vigorously mix in each egg until well combined.  Then whisk in the cocoa mixture until fully combined.

4.  In a microwave-safe bowl, add Nutella and peanut butter. Heat in the microwave in 20 second intervals until it just reaches a runny consistency.  (Be careful!  This mixture is so high in fat that it can scorch easily)   Stir into the batter.

5.  Pour the batter into your prepared 9 x 13 pan.  Bake for 30 minutes in a 350 degree oven.

Let brownies cool completely before cutting.  Makes approximately 20 brownies.

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Chris Jackson (who plays George Washington) and Lin-Manuel Miranda (who plays Alexander Hamilton)

 

Nina Jacobs from wardrobe enjoying a Sunday treat

Nina Jacobs from wardrobe enjoying a Sunday treat

 

Thayne Jasperson, a member of the ensemble

 Thayne Jasperson, a member of the ensemble