I’m not a baker, but I do enjoy a nice slice of cake and greatly appreciate those skilled enough to bake yummy treats. Although I’m a proficient enough cook, my foray in to baking has taken me as far as burning some misshapen biscuits with my mother when I was much younger.
I don’t know if it is the change of season or the fact that I’ve just started watching Great British Bake Off for the first time ever (let’s be honest, it’s probably the latter) but lately I have really had the urge to try my hand at baking.
Banana bread is the simple recipe that most people try when first learning to bake and although I quite like banana bread, I wanted something a bit more Autumnal. A quick browse of recipes later and I came across the Golden Syrup cake- perfect! When I was younger my mum and I would buy a tin of syrup and coat apples in it, leaving them to set in the fridge. For this reason golden syrup has always reminded me of Autumn and home comforts.
I found the recipe for this particular cake here, but I modified it slightly by adding in walnuts. Again I wanted to do some “Autumn baking” and walnuts/nuts in general remind me of the turning season. I think the syrup and walnut flavours are both quite simple and so, work together well. (But again I’m not a baker, so who really knows!)
On to the recipe. For this cake you will need:
200g plain flour
150g golden syrup
100ml boiling water
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
handful of walnuts (optional)
50g caster sugar
75g butter (switch to a vegan alternative for an effortless vegan cake!)
Big bowl to mix everything in
Whisk (I made do with a fork)
Grease proof paper
Pre-heat your oven. Combine flour, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder in a bowl. Mix together.
Combine sugar, butter and golden syrup with boiling water in a saucepan. Put saucepan on hob at a low heat. Occasionally stir until everything has melted.
Mix your ‘wet’ ingredients with your ‘dry’ ingredients in a big bowl. Whisk. Add in a handful of chopped walnuts and stir.
Line your loaf tin with grease proof paper. Pour mixture in to loaf tin.
Pop in a pre-heated oven at gas mark 160 degrees. Leave to bake for 35-40 minutes. (My advice is to check at the 35 minute mark.)
This cake is super-easy to make and tastes delicious, especially with a steaming hot mug of tea. Perfect for cold Autumn afternoons. As I made this the heavens opened and it started to thunder, so it felt particularly cosy to sit under a blanket and eat golden syrup cake from the warmth of my home!
What are your favourite Autumn bakes? Let me know in the comments below!