Friday, June 8, 2012

fantasy friday: honey cakes from beorn's home



He would provide ponies for each of them, and a horse for Gandalf, for their journey
to the forest, and he would lade them with food to last them for weeks with care, and
packed so as to be as easy as possible to carry - nuts, flour, sealed jars of dried fruits,
and earthenware pots of honey, and twice-baked cakes that would keep good a long
time, and on a little of which they could march far. The making of these was one of his
secrets; but honey was in them, as in most of his foods, and they were good to eat,
though they made one thirsty.

from The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien


I.am.SO.excited.

Anyone else? Anyone?

When I go to the theaters this December to see The Hobbit, I will have honey cakes stashed in my purse. I will get to see Beorn the shape-shifter on the big screen. And I will be in awe of the amazing collaboration that has made the LotR movies so enthralling. Gollum is my favorite thing to have come out of the movies. How talented is Andy Serkis?

P.S. I love the books too.


Just like the real thing, these cakes are made with honey, are good to eat, and will make you thirsty. They are twice-baked as described, but you can eat the cake after the first baking...at that point it is a regular cake that is still soft and very moist. Delicious either way.

I won't tell you how good they are. Instead, I'll just tell you that I spent the weekend on the couch with a plate of these muttering, "My preciousss..."


Honey Cakes

Ingredients:
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup corn meal
1/4 cup almond meal
1 tbsp corn starch
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp raw honey*
2 tbsp palm sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

*To easily measure the honey, either weigh with a food scale, or put the 2 tbsp of sugar in a 1/2 cup, then fill to the top with honey.

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease the bottom and sides of a shallow brownie pan (mine is about 10 x 6).
2. Combine the first eight (dry) ingredients in a mixing bowl.
3. In a larger bowl, mix the oil, honey, and sugar with an electric mixer until smooth. Add the egg and mix on medium for 1 minute, 30 seconds. Add the milk and vanilla and mix on low until combined.
4. Add the dry mixture in two parts, mixing on low until just smooth. Transfer to the baking dish and bake for 30 minutes.
5. Allow the cake to cool until almost room temperature. (This will take a couple of hours...you can turn off the oven.)
6. Reheat the oven to 350 degrees. Slice the cake into pieces that are 1/2" to 3/4" thick. Transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 30-40 minutes, flipping once. Cakes should be lightly toasted on the outside.



P.S. Now that they're pretty well-established, you won't be seeing a Fantasy Friday post every week. You'd be surprised how long recipe development takes, and I was inspired by my friend Melanie to start focusing more on quality over quantity. These are some of my favorite posts to create though, so they're not going anywhere anytime soon!

xoxo

9 comments:

  1. Oh garsh, these look so super. And yes, I am so excited about The Hobbit movie - my sister and I are huge LOTR freaks!

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  2. loving this series of photos, Clair! Hope to see you soon somewhere Xo

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  3. You inspired me to start my own regular Friday feature: Fancy beer Friday! Thanks Claire. Hope summer is treating you well.

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  4. i've read the hobbit, too. :)
    this is such a cute recipe.

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  5. You are right. Recipe development is very tedious! But these little honey cakes look wonderful and very moist!

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  6. .....um can i come with you to the hobbit opening?! i will bring second breakfast (and maybe even some elevenses!)

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    1. You are the cutest!!! Yes to all of the above.

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  7. That last photo is paarrrrfect. I want to try these! I can never find whole wheat pastry flour - where do you get yours?

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    1. Actually, this was some that my mom sent home with me after a visit. I can't say I've looked for it around here, but if it's hard to find, Whole Foods might be the best bet...

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Thanks for making me smile. =)