Friday, June 25, 2010

Baby spice and strawberry butter cakes

Baby spice and strawberry butter cakes / Bolinhos de especiarias com geléia de morango caseira

After making the strawberry crostata – with such great results – I started searching for the rhubarb recipes I’d been keeping forever in order to make them using strawberries.

It reminded me of when I watched “Heat” and then started looking for everything Michael Mann had done before. :)

Baby spice and strawberry butter cakes
adapted from Australian Gourmet Traveller

1 cup (226g/2 sticks) soft unsalted butter
¾ cup golden syrup
3 eggs
1 ½ cups + 1 ½ tablespoons (225g) all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves

Strawberry compote:
300g strawberries, hulled and thinly sliced
¼ cup (50g) caster sugar
1 tablespoon water

Start by making the strawberry compote: combine strawberries, sugar and water in a saucepan, and bring to the boil over high heat (give it a little stir just to dissolve the sugar). Reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 2 minutes or until softened, then cook, uncovered, for 8 minutes, mixing occasionally, or until liquid has reduced and strawberries are soft – while mixing, squash the berries down using a silicon spatula to release all their juices. Cool completely.

Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F; butter nine 2/3-cup capacity mini loaf pans*.
Using an electric mixer, cream butter and golden syrup until pale, then add eggs, one at a time, beating well between each addition, until incorporated.
Sift over flour, baking powder and spices and beat in low speed to combine – batter will be thick.
Spoon into prepared pans and spoon 2 teaspoons strawberry compote down center.
Bake for 12-15 minutes or until just cooked. Allow to cool slightly, then turn out onto wire racks and cool.
Cakes will keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

* I halved the recipe above, used 1/3 cup (80ml) muffin pans and got 8 cakes

Makes 9


Unknown said...

I bet these are delicious

M. said...

this looks super yummy....I'm seriously obsessed with strawberries lately :)

~~louise~~ said...

Hi Patricia,
Sorry to be among the lost. Oh so crazy!

Just the name sends indescribably delectable to feast my eyes on. And, there are still strawberries at the farm stand. I may just give those babies a go.

Thanks for sharing the recipe...

Paula said...

what an amazing pic!

have a nice day,

Anonymous said...

They look really good - cute with the little hearts on too too.

Anca Pandrea said...


Just wanted to let you know I added a link to you in my Cooking frenzy blog post.


Patricia Scarpin said...

Jennifurla, thank you! They are. :)

M., thank you! Me too - lots of strawberry recipes around here. :)

Hi, Louise! How are you, sweetie? It's great to see you around here again!

Paula, thank you! Have a great day, too!

Alicia, I'm glad you like them, darling! Tks!

Anka, just went there to see it - thank you very much!

Aaron John said...

I love anything with strawberries!! YUM!!

~~louise~~ said...

Hi Patricia,
I've popped in every now and again just didn't say Hi. I won't be doing that anymore:)

Now, I'm off to check out those Strawberry Crumble Bars, another tempting desire.

Thanks for sharing...if you get a chance, come see what we brought to the picnic at my blog.

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