Pop Cakes? We Need Heston!
Without a doubt, my favourite book of all time is The Folk of the Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton. And this month on #LetsLunch we are talking literary inspirations for food. Easy!
I absolutely LOVE the story of the three children – Jo, Bessie and Fanny – who live near a forest that they came to call the Enchanted Wood. A magical place indeed! In the middle of the forest is the huge and very very special Faraway Tree — a giant tree inhabited by fabulous creatures and all sorts of fairy-folk. Is topmost branches lead to ever-changing magical lands above the swirling clouds.Some delightful and some frightening.
The three children make friends with Moon-Face, Silky, and the Saucepan Man (my favourite – in fact I still call my husband ‘Mr Saucepan Man’ when he misunderstands a word I have said), feasting with them on all manner of treats and sliding down the slippery-slip which spirals down inside the trunk. Climbing the tree involves dodging the dirty washing-water which Dame Washalot pours down the trunk and avoiding peeping in at the Angry Pixie, who throws things at those who do.
The most exciting part for me is all the magical and delicious-sounding treats they enjoy. The Toffee Shocks that grow in your mouth so that you can no longer speak and then suddenly they disappear to nothing. Hot Cold Sweets that become colder the more you suck and then suddenly become hot, and then, just before they become unbearable, cool down again. Pop cakes/biscuits always thrilled me – imagine a cake/biscuit/cookie that you can bite into and discover a hidden pool of smooth sweet honey. I am, and have always been, mesmerised by all these delicacies.
“Silky was pleased. She sat there brushing her beautiful, golden hair and ate sandwiches with them. She brought out a tin of Pop Cakes, which were lovely. As soon as you bit into them they went pop! and you suddenly found your mouth filled with new honey from the middle of the little cakes. Frannie took seven, one after the other, for she was rather greedy.“
We thought it would be a bit of fun to try and recreate our own pop cakes, in the form of pop biscuits. We decided to sandwich a piece of honeycomb in between 2 layers of German sugar cookie dough. As we imagined, the honeycomb melted and most of it ended up on the baking sheet. There was however a lovely residue of honey and the biscuits did taste delicious.
Mission accomplished? No, not really. We think we need Heston to help us!
But did we enjoy the honey biscuits? YES!!
Let’s Lunch (#LetsLunch) is a twitter-based virtual lunch club where anyone interested can join this monthly ‘lunch date’. A topic is posted at the beginning of the month, everyone now takes it in turns, and all posts are made on the same day by this random but lovely group of food bloggers, writers and people who just love cooking from all around the world. Anyone can join at any time – just join us on twitter by searching and adding the hashtag #LetsLunch. Check out the others’ posts right here over the next few days – they are always so wonderful!
Lisa’s Pop Cakes from Monday Morning Cooking Club
Lucy’s Old Fashioned from A Cook and Her Books
Jill’s Orange Tarts at Eating My Words
Linda’s Homemade Tagalongs from Free Range Cookies
Annabelle’s Eggs for Bren at Glass of Fancy
Linda’s Oaxacan Mole Rojo at Spicebox Travels
Cheryl’s Hemingway Hamburger at A Tiger in the Kitchen
Betty’s Leche Flan from Asian in America
Grace’s Chinese Fried Eggs from Hapa Mama