Author: Rowling, J.K.
Book: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Difficulty rating: Harry Potter
Deliciousness rating: Outstanding
Part of Sir Nicholas’ 524th Deathday Feast
Cakes, burned charcoal black, were heaped on salvers. (Book 2: UK 102, US 133)
“Cakes” is a vague word that’s open to interpretation. Since we had a gigantic sheet-cake on the menu already, we decided that we would make these cozy toasted teacakes.
Did it measure up?
Yes! Jenne loved them, which is a surprise, since she’s usually not a big fan of raisins. They would be a delightful breakfast or afternoon snack.
SIR NICHOLAS’ CAKES
From The English Kitchen’s recipe
- 225g strong white bread flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp fast-action dried yeast
- 15g soft light brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
- 75g raisins (we used the raisin medley from Trader Joe’s)
- 40g melted butter
- 120ml whole milk, plus extra for brushing
- Sift the flour, salt, yeast, sugar and nutmeg into a large bowl.
- Mix in the raisins and make a well in the middle.
- Heat the milk and butter in a saucepan just until it’s warm to the touch.
- Pour into the flour mixture and work together to make a soft dough.
- Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead for about 5 minutes, until it’s smooth and elastic.
- Shape the dough in a ball and put it in a lightly buttered bowl. Cover it with plastic wrap and leave it to rise until it’s double the size.
- Put the dough back on the lightly floured surface and punch down.
- Divide into 8 portions of equal size.
- Shape each portion into a ball. Flatten slightly and arrange on a large nonstick baking sheet.
- Cover lightly with a tea towel and leave to rise again for about 45 minutes until they’re double the size.
- Preheat the oven to 400 F.
- Brush the tops with some milk.
- Bake for 15 minutes until risen and golden brown.
- Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
- To serve, split in half and toast. Serve immediately with lots of butter.
Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. London: Bloomsbury, 1997.
Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. New York: Scholastic Inc., 1999.