I don’t miss baking and eating cakes when I’m on holiday in places like Spain. I think it’s because it’s far too hot to be thinking about eating cake and I’m not in my own kitchen. Although the villas we usually stay at have pretty impressive kitchens I’m happier getting a salad ready, cooking something with pasta or warming up croissants! But as soon as I’m back home, that’s it. I want to be baking again and eating comfort food. When we left Spain on Saturday morning it was 30oC, now as I type it’s 14oC. No wonder I’m craving carbs! Or maybe it’s the fault of The Great British Bake Off?
Once I was back from holiday and had to get stocked up again in our local Morrisons I thought of what we could have to go after our Sunday lunch pudding. I didn’t have one single pudding on holiday, apart from a couple of ice creams. I got out my Scandelicious Baking book which is part of my Cooking The Books Challenge from this month and decided on the Toscakaka. Of course when I told my kids I was making Toscakaka they started laughing about the kaka bit and said it sounded like cack , I think caca is also French for poo which made them laugh even more when I told them that. Though in this case I think it’s either Norwegian or Swedish for cake!
Toscakaka is actually a very delicious cake and I’ve been lucky enough to eat it at a local Scandinavian cafe, called Baltzersens in Harrogate which serves the most yummy cakes. The sponge base is a light vanilla sponge made with buttermilk and topped with an almond praline. It isn’t overly sweet which I thought would appeal to my husband.
We ate our dinner quite late that day as a main meal, I couldn’t be bothered with a full roast or anything like that so I made up a lasagne with some salad for our mains followed by a slice of the Toscakaka. Here’s how it was made:
Love Sam xx