Posts Tagged ‘Baumtorte’

from W.I. to W1

The Grosvenor House literati salon was definitely a rather glamorous event. We were served champagne and a specially themed tea with elegant finger sandwiches containing Constance Spry’s coronation chicken recipe, followed by Lavender Basset’s Victoria sponge and Sadie’s Baumtorte. The chef did a special twist on the recipe in the book and produced the most beautiful petite four versions of the cake. Yum.

I was a little nervous as there were quite a few people… and one of the questions I got at the end was ‘why were you standing on one leg during your talk?’ Helps me think.

And, after the event we went for dinner at the steak restaurant where we had the best (and biggest) cheesecake outside NYC. And a rather delicious mint julep.

Mr S and I are busily writing the screenplay for Mr R, while I’m beavering away on revisions for ‘The Novel in the Viola’ in between. I feel as a result a little time-lagged: stuck somewhere between 1938, 1953 and 2010.

yum... I want more cheesecake

Quick catch up…

Michele in Kefalonia has been baking Baumtorte from Sadie’s recipe, and she’s e-mailed me the picture:

Beautiful Baumtorte

Michele managed a full 20 layers (the most I’ve done is 10). I’m very impressed. If anyone else wants to have a go, do let me know and I’ll post the picture. I shall post my grandmother’s recipe as soon as I get home (I’m in Benenden for a book signing/ judging the creative writing competition with Mr S).

Mr R has been getting some lovely press recently — there was a great review in The Observer (though he didn’t like the gorgeous cover) and this one in The Times:

And, I wrote this for The Spectator about Mr R’s supper club. I’m thrilled that spring is here in all its glory and am anticipating a stroll amongst the camellias in the cool sunshine.

Baumtorte — memory cake

Sadie’s recipe:

I've been busy baking this week. So much to remember.

Whip together a batter made of eggs, the right amount of sugar, sufficient flour, the zest of enough lemons and the perfect quantity of vanilla. Oil a tin and heat up the grill until it is the correct heat, spread a thin layer over the bottom of the pan and grill until it is done. Ladle on layer after layer and grill until the side of the cake looks like the rings of a tree. Bake a layer for everyone you need to remember. Decorate with sugared lemon and orange peel, or in spring, frosted violets.

Sadie’s recipes in ‘Mr R’ are taken from my grandmother’s book:

Brought across from Germany in 1937. Margot's Spellbook.