Harry Potter Series · Rowling

Sir Nicholas’ Teacakes

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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?

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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

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

  1. Sift the flour, salt, yeast, sugar and nutmeg into a large bowl.
  2. Mix in the raisins and make a well in the middle.
  3. Heat the milk and butter in a saucepan just until it’s warm to the touch.
  4. Pour into the flour mixture and work together to make a soft dough.
  5. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead for about 5 minutes, until it’s smooth and elastic.
  6. 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.
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  7. Put the dough back on the lightly floured surface and punch down.
  8. Divide into 8 portions of equal size.
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  9. Shape each portion into a ball. Flatten slightly and arrange on a large nonstick baking sheet. IMG_8453
  10. Cover lightly with a tea towel and leave to rise again for about 45 minutes until they’re double the size.
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  11. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  12. Brush the tops with some milk.
  13. Bake for 15 minutes until risen and golden brown.
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  14. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  15. 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.

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