Thursday, November 26, 2015

Scottish Dundee Cakes


 I tried a new recipe for a tea bread called Dundee Cake, a Scottish fruit cake originating from where else but Dundee! My recipe came from another blogger but when I checked on-line for variations I found this is actually the Tasha Tudor recipe.
Dundee Cake Recipe
2 sticks of unsalted butter, at room temperature
2/3 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 T. fresh orange juice (add zested peel too if you like)
1 t. vanilla
1/2 cup blanched chopped almonds
2 1/2 cups cake flour
1/2 t. salt
1 t. baking powder
1 cup raisins (try a mixture of dark and golden)
1 1/2 cup currants
1/2 cup ctiron, chopped
1/2 cup candied cherries
Whole or sliced blanched almonds and candied cherries for decorations.

Preheat oven to 275.    Grease and flour two 4.5 x 9 inch loaf pans or four small loaf pans. An option is to line them with foil and grease it as well.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar, mixing well.   Add the eggs, one at a time, beating 5 mintues after each egg. Stir in the orange juice, vanilla and almonds. (and zest if using)

Sift the flour together with the salt and baking powder in another large bowl. Add the fruit and mix by hand until well floured. Add the fruit to the butter/sugar mixture and mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon.

Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pans and decorate the tops with cherries and almonds in festive designs.

Bake for 1 hour in the preheated oven checking with doneness with a toothpick or cake tester. The smaller loaves should take less time but mine took an hour - so possibly the larger loaves would take longer as well. *I may bump the oven temperature up to 300 next time.*

Cool in the pans for 10 minutes and then remove to cool completely. When cool, wrap in aluminum foil and freeze.
Traditionally the cakes are taken from the freezer on December 6, St. Nicolas Day to have with tea.
I've also been practicing my flat top still life photography and was thrilled to have an old board brought home for me to use from a friend's farmhouse.
Taken with my iPhone
Using my DSLR with an 18-55 lens (and standing on a chair)
Playing with a couple of filters from Photos on my Mac.
I know most of the class participants are sharing their photos on Instagram - but I hesitate to add another method of social media to my life and am using Google+ instead.

49 comments:

  1. Thank you for the recipe! Your cake looks delicious! I love your bird cups too.

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  2. I not only think they took tasty the loaves are works of art!!! Wishing you well!!!

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  3. Dundee are a favorite here as well and yes, I also got the recipe from Tasha Tudor. It's a great recipe and I can't remember how long I've been making them!

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  4. Dundee us one if our favourite cakes. I'll have to give the recipe a try. Wheni I get on the mac I'll print it out. Your flat life phitography is looking great.

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  5. I haven't had one of these for decades looks ever so YUMMY ! I will have to give it a go never made one before me mum always made it like her fruit cake with the royal icing also YUMMY ! Thanks for sharing the recipe ,Have a good day !

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  6. I'm not a big fan of fruitcake, but I'd be willing to try your Scottish Dundee cakes! I'll also keep my fingers crossed that the lawyers will reject you as a juror on their case.

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  7. Your cake looks yummy - though our Thanksgiving dinner being just a few short hours ago I am still stuffed full!

    Your photography is really good, Judith. So happy you landed a nice old board for background. : - )

    If I am not too tired and sore tomorrow (being on my feet so much these last few days killing me) I hope to get started on the holiday transition. I always do it day after Thanksgiving. My niece spending night, let's hope I sleep well tonight and feel "rarin' to go" tomorrow! Right now I just wanna take a nice soak in my big tub! : - )

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  8. The Dundees look great! I made them in the past and enjoyed them very much. I also have a good recipe for a Swedish tea ring, and fruitcake bars....and many other sweets too....
    Hugs and blessings, Beth

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  9. Dundee Cake is delicious. Back in the UK, my children used to like it at Christmas instead of the traditional Christmas Cake, which could be quite heavy. Lovely recipe, thank you for sharing
    Phoebe x

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  10. Oh Judith, wherever did you find your sweet tea cup? When I saw the lovely cardinal on it I sighed.... You see, my precious Grandma Betty, who was Canadian and lived in Ontario, loved cardinals. She passed away a few years ago {how I miss her} and when I see cardinals I always think of her. Your tea cup is simply beautiful!

    Your Dundee Cakes look and sound delicious! Thank you for the recipe :) Hugs and blessings!

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  11. Mmmmmmmm the cakes look good - might have to give them a try - anything Tasha Tudor is always fun.

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  12. Your Dundee Cake looks yummy for those who like fruitcake. I am not one of them, but I do make a fruitcake for my husband.
    I nodded my head at you standing on a chair. I do that frequently for tabletop photography. The look of the frozen berries in your composition is so pretty.

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  13. Good Morning, Judith! Your cake looks delicious. I love your cute Cardinal tea cup too. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

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  14. Hello, Judith! The cakes look perfect - delicious, pretty and cheerful!
    Your new old wooden board is charming and so are the photos you took.
    Have a lovely weekend! xx

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  16. Beautiful cakes. They would make lovely gifts. No, I don't do Instagram either or Twitter. I spend enough time on the computer as it is. Love the table top photos. There was an interesting one on Pinterest that I pinned--using a plastic throw away cup with the bottom cut off. The photographer placed a sea shell in the cup and shot down at it. The white cup placed on white gave a beautiful shot of the shell.

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  17. I have made Dundee cake several times before, always in December, it's delicious. I shall have a look if this is the same recipe as I have.
    Enjoy your weekend Judith!

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  18. My husband is the fruitcake eater in our family. His sister used to make him one every year. I should make him one, but I have found one locally that he enjoys, so I just buy him one!

    Deanna

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  19. I don't care much for fruitcake but this one sure looks good!

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  20. These look wonderful! Thank you for posting!

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  21. I have never made a Dundee cake but they sure look pretty and delicious. I make two fruit cakes for Christmas, a Sultana and a dark. Both old family recipes that never fail me. You are a very good photographer, Judith. I would love to get a good camera someday. I dream about all the things I could do with it. Have a lovely weekend.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  22. Mmmmm, the cake looks so delicious....will have to give it a go.

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  23. I am back from Ohio and being with my dear mom and cooking her Thanksgiving dinner. Your Dundee cakes are making my tummy growl, Judith! Don't they look beautiful? I love the idea of getting them out on December 6th. Your photos look pretty on the board...even the one with the phone!
    I had jury duty the December after my belove hubby passed away in August. It was icy here and I was afraid of driving and was hoping that it would be canceled, but alas, it wasn't. I wasn't chosen, but did have to stay until the jury was picked. Hopefully, you'll have an easy time. Best of luck to you, my friend. December is a busy month!

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  24. To me there is something so special about having hot tea, a spot of honey and homemade fruit and nut breads along with it, especially this time of year. I also like a dab of Lemon curd on my warm breads like what you have made...reminds me of my mama~

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  25. I'm enjoying your flat top photography. The iPhone did quite well, do you think? Maybe my eye is untrained. I've found google plus or something google, seems to have my photos and I don't remember signing up for that! Your Dundee cakes look good if only I was a fruit cake fan!

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  27. It's been way too long since My last visit and I am sorry for that.It was a pleasure reading this post and joining You for Tea Time. I'm the only one in My family that loves fruit and nut breads. You made Me hungry for I slice with tea or coffee, even this soon after Thanksgiving-Hugs and blessings- Denise

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  28. Your tea cakes look delicious, and I love the almond flowers you have added on top! Thanks for sharing the recipe ... I keep thinking of making a fruit cake, but haven't actually got around to picking up ingredients so it may be a miss again this year.
    Wendy

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  29. Thank you for the delicious looking recipe Judith, beautifully decorated. I also enjoyed your still life photos. Have a great week :)

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  30. Judith these are yummy....I love the look of them....I can almost smell them.

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  31. Those tea cakes sound so good ... And although it is probably blasphemous to say, I think they'd be wonderful with coffee as well! I am intrigued with your flattop still lifes and you have given me some great ideas for photos as well as food here... Thank you!

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  32. All looking great Judith. I agree it's difficult keeping up all with all the technological options - we'd have to be checking everything all day long. I do like Instagram though as there are a few processing tricks you can try which is quite good fun. :-)

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  34. Good morning, Judith. I just wanted to stop back and say thank you for hosting MM. I enjoyed this post earlier and left you a comment above. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

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  35. Very nice still lifes (or is it lives ;)
    I haven't even taken a look at instagram for pretty much the same reason although I would probably like it.
    Enjoy the cakes.

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  36. Your Dundee Cakes are absolutely beautiful! And the slice makes them look just as tasty as they are pretty. Wish I had a piece right now ... !

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  37. I do love Dundee cake! Gorgeous photos too!
    Ruth

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  38. Thank you for sharing this with us at No Place Like Home, Judith. Wonderful post!

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  39. That sounds delicious...and from Tasha Tudor, no less. This weekend, our SIL made his Christmas pudding, which he says is George Orwell's recipe! Makes a beautiful photo. I like the geometric look. Thanks for the link party, Judith.

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  40. I've never made a Dundee Cake - it looks lovely and moist. And I like the fact that you can make smaller loaf cakes and put away in the freezer for when that unexpected guest arrives. Have fun with your overhead photography. It does seem to be a trend at the moment. I am always on the look out for old rustic boards. Someone I follow was using crunched up denham fabric the other day. I might try that too!

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  41. Mmmmm, Dundee Cake looks delicious! And your sweet birdie tea cup is lovely too! Thank you for sharing the recipie.
    Your photography is great! I can never get the over the head shots straight as I am soooo short!
    lol
    Hugs,
    Terri

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  42. It does sound wonderful and I love the way you are arranging things for your photos. I'm going to have to try some different angles! Happy Monday Lavender Sis! Hugs, Diane

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  43. Judith, Good for you trying new angles of photography. An aged wood board sounds like a great background. Sylvia

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  44. That Dundee Cake sure looks delicious, Judith. I really like the still life too...I didn't know that type of photo had the name flat top...I have played around a little myself at times...it's a cool look!

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  45. I'm one who actually likes fruitcake, but have not tried Dundee cakes. I should, as both my husband and I have Scottish ancestry. Even non-fruitcake lovers might go for this.
    The board you have for your backdrop is perfect. Great photography, and I always like black and white.
    I don't blame you for not venturing into Instagram -- it's hard to keep up isn't it?

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  46. Hi Judith,
    Just letting you know I have featured this post at No Place Like Home today.

    Smiles,
    Sandi

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  47. Your cakes look delicious and so pretty! I like your bird tea cups too.
    I scroll down from your newest post and I am here now, enjoying your beautiful photos!
    See you!

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