Maple Nutmeg Feather Cake

Lehman's Pure Maple Syrup

Lehman’s Pure Maple Syrup

Even though I’ve lived in Europe for over thirty years now, there are still some childhood tastes and flavours that stay with me. It’s like they are engraved in my tastebud DNA. My partner, Irish to his marrow, cannot understand my fondness for sweet potato.  When I have Thanksgiving with other American-born friends he will pass on any sort of squash too, including pumpkin custard pie (my favourite.)

But having a sweet tooth he does get maple syrup, which to me is a sort of superior honey.

I substitute maple syrup for honey in bread making and on cold winter days there is nothing like oatmeal with maple syrup to help you face the day.

But for my beloved the real piece de resistance is Maple Nutmeg Feather Cake. Here’s how to make it.Preheat the oven to a moderate 350°F/180°C.

Butter and dust with flour (or line with baking parchment) a 13″x9″x2″ pan.

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Melt ½ cup of butter (a microwave will do this in less than 1 minute). Blend in 1-cup maple syrup when the butter has cooled. Beat in 3 large eggs, one at a time.

In a separate bowl: Sift in 2 cups plain flour, a pinch of salt, 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda), 1 tsp baking powder.

Grate ½ of a nutmeg into the dry ingredients.

Beat the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, beating in up to 1 cup buttermilk or soured milk to make a smooth batter.

Note: I never use an electric mixer. Soon enough you will get to know how furiously or gently to beat any batter.  Don’t get mad with this batter.

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Pour in your tin and check after 30 minutes. It’s done when a toothpick comes out clean from the centre.

Optional: You could dust sparingly with confectioner’s sugar if you think it is too plain. Or you could dot a few pecans on top if you like your cakes to look more decorated. But this is delicious as a plain square, too.

Some might want to add a dab of cream or crème fraiche. But given some person’s cholesterol counts in this household these, too, are banned, except on high days and holidays.

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About BeeSmith

I was born in Queens, N.Y, reared in Pennsylvania, did university in Washington, D.C. Then I moved to England for nineteen years. I lived first in London and then in Leeds. After my partner's sister died of cancer in 2000, we decided to take the leap of faith and move to Ireland to be nearer his family. Despite our friends thinking we were mad and feckless, it has worked out. The angels really do look after fools! We have a cottage on an acre and a quarter three miles from where the River Shannon rises. We have a polytunnel to grow vegetables and fruit organically, a small orchard of apple trees and plans to create a sacred space on the land over the rest of our lifetimes. We share our home with two tortoiseshell cats, Zelda and her daughter Zymina, and three dogs, Murphy, Pippin and Cara.

4 thoughts on “Maple Nutmeg Feather Cake

  1. I love maple, but LOVE nutmeg (it MUST be fresh grated). So looking forward to trying this. Thank you!

  2. Could someone tell me the approximate measuring-spoon equivalent of half a nutmeg? :o) I only have pre-ground in the house at the moment…

  3. Oh. Wow. This sounds like just the remedy we need today, it’s gray and thawish (muddy) out…I’m thinking of piece of this and a nice pot of tea will work magic!