Wednesday, 23 January 2008
Sour Milk Cake
There is a very special "new" addition among the cook books in my kitchen. "New" because the book has actually already reached the ripe old age of 75 years! It is a copy of the Finnish cook book classic "Kotiruoka" that my grandmother used most of her life. The book later belonged to my mother and some weeks ago I asked my father whether I could borrow the book. He happily gave it to me.
"Kotiruoka" literally means home food. It is a collection of basic recipes from which generations of Finns have learned how to cook and bake. The first edition was printed in 1908. My copy is 13th edition, printed in 1933. And the book, updated many times over the years of course, is still in print. The 68th edition came out in 2005!
My book is all battered in use, some pages are loose, and the spine stays together with the help of lots of tape, but all the recipes are there, almost 400 pages of them, usually 2 recipes a page. The language is old fashioned. There is no mention of baking temperatures or times and sugar, cream and butter are used quite a lot! I simply love the book! It is on the one hand an interesting peek into the kitchens of generations past, on the other a still very useful collection of recipes.
Sour milk cake is something that my grandmother baked often when I was little. Here is my updated version based on a recipe I found in "Kotiruoka". The original recipe is actually for a buttermilk cake. If you don't find any sour milk -or buttermilk, plain yoghurt or creame fraiche can be used just as well.
Sour Milk Cake
1,5 dl sour milk
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 dl granulated sugar
1 dl Amaretto syrup
1 smashed banana (1-1,5 dl)
1 dl melted butter
3 dl wheat flour
1. Melt the butter.
2. Smash the banana with a fork.
3. Mix all ingredients in the order they are mentioned above.
4. Pour the batter into a well buttered cake mould.
5. Bake in 180 C for about 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.
6. Let cool for 15 minutes.
7. Remove the cake from the mould.