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Cakes Regional and Traditional [Hardcover]

Julie Duff
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30 Oct 2003
Julie Duff blames her passion for cakes wholeheartedly on her grandmother and in this volume she compiles recipes for cakes of all sorts. They encompass all the traditional, historical and regional cakes from the British Isles, offering a comprehensive collection.

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  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Grub Street (30 Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904010539
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904010531
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 19 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 606,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘I’d take her Plum Cake on any countryside march.’ -- Clarissa Dickson Wright

‘Julie's wonderful Simnel Cake is a glorious treat, better even than
chocolate.’ -- Jenni Muir, Andre Simon Award Winner

‘One of Britain’s most interesting cake makers.’ -- Henrietta Green

About the Author

Julie Duff runs an award-winning cake business, which supplies wonderful rich succulent fruit cakes and other traditional cakes to some of the country’s premier shops, such as Fortnum and Mason, St Paul’s Cathedral and Selfridges and she is a regular exhibitor at Henrietta Green’s famous Food Lovers’ Fairs. Her cakes have won Gold and Bronze Awards for the Best Fruit Cakes in Britain and have been in the finals of The Times and Waitrose Small Food Producer of the Year Award.

Started almost a decade ago Church Farmhouse Cakes is a farmhouse business in the true sense of the word; all the cakes are actually made in her own kitchen. Julie says that no matter how busy they are all her cakes are still, ‘stirred with a wooden spoon.’

Once the chef to the Duke and Duchess of Rutland, she has been making cakes since she was a child and uses the same recipes that her grandmother gave her. Only the best quality ingredients go into her cakes such as free-range eggs, plump vine fruits, butter and organic stone ground flour from a local mill. Church Farmhouse Cakes is based in the Vale of Belvoir and has now grown to become one of the foremost speciality cake makers in the country but the fundamental way in which the cakes are made has never changed - they are still made in small batches using exactly the same methods taught to Julie Duff as a child.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The cakes of Yesteryear 14 July 2007
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I find myself craving the cakes of my childhood, especially when on the other side of the Atlantic, where I find the food lacks the substance of good old British cuisine and I fast become homesick for it, this book has the cakes I was raised on, the Lardy Cakes, the Lemon Drizzle cake, the Pound cake, Sand cake, seed cake, the cakes that were served at high tea as I was growing up....these cakes are indeed a British legacy, the fabric of British life, which is fast disappearing, I am seriously considering buying a second copy of this book so that I have one in each of our two homes and that I then never be without it.... even when Britain has finally totally lost its Britishness.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book 25 Oct 2006
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In this book the author Julie Duff, as the title suggests, presents traditional and regional variations on different recipes from Britain and Ireland. Classic recipes for small cakes, fruit cakes, gingerbreads, tea breads, sweet treats, and biscuits are included. Wartime ration cakes also get a mention. She also gives some background information on each recipe; where or when it originated etc., as well as personal anecdotes. It's a wonderful anthology. I only have it a few weeks and already I refer to it time and time again. I've baked a few cakes using this book and they've been met with approval each time. I look forward to trying out many more of these recipes in the future.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This is one of the top three baking books in my collection. I use it constantly and the recipes always turn out well. I disagree with previous readers' comments that the baking times are "way-out" as they invariably have worked for me. Possibly it's a case of know-your-oven as no two are the same.

Julie Duff has divided her book into 5 sections: Small Regional Cakes, Large Regional Cakes, Small Country Cakes, Large Country Cakes, GingerBreads and Ginger Cakes. Each recipe is clear, concise, easy to follow, does not need expensive or exotic ingredients, with a short introduction placing it in its regional and historical context. In fact the only criticism (and it is a very small one ) is that her prose in these introductory pieces is rather hugger-mugger and with regard to her Yorkshire Turf Cake, downright confusing. That said, the recipes give a real sense of tradition and the past when things were simpler and everything stopped for tea or elevenses and everything was homebaked.

Almond Cake, Seed Cake, Gold and Silver Cakes, Genoa Cake, Spinster Cake and Prince Albert Cake make one feel as if one had been transported to the Victorian era. Then there are perennial favourites such as Victoria Sponge, Bara Brith, Battenburg Cake, Hot Cross Buns,Parkin, Dundee Cake, Coffee Cake, Madeira cake, Maids of Honour and Eccles Cakes to name just some of my favourites.

There a quite a lot of recipes which have fallen into disuse for one reason or another; changing tastes, cooking methods, health concerns. There are Biddenden Maids Cakes with only 2 ingredients - flour and water. Not very appetising but the author claims to have baked them. It is no longer possible to make Flead Cakes and Dripping Cake for example but the recipes are recorded for posterity.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good results from julie duff! 9 Dec 2004
i have made quite a lot of cakes following the receipes of julie duff, and i appreciate the history that she has provided, I certainly couldn't care less about her grammar or prose, it's the cake result that's far more interesting!
The marmalade cake is just superb, you can't just eat one slice then walk away! The dundee cake is also a winner, however, the receipe for a very old fashioned plum cake is sublime. I go on to sell my cakes at fayre's and fete's, and the comments about the plum cake are always encouraging. Fochabers gingerbread very interesting. A trusted book in my collection!
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book 5 April 2013
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great book wide varity of choices of tasty cakes to make easy to follow and always great results every time
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cakes,regional and traditional 22 Feb 2009
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Good service from amazon.Book arrived within time specified.Cooking just like Mum used to bake,with recipes from post war era.I just LOVE the caraway seed cake recipe,and reminds me of my youth,when Mum spent all day on a Saturday,baking to feed her family.Thank you Amazon.
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