Friday, 8 February 2008

Pancakes and peanuts

Sat at work on Wednesday morning, my boss and I were discussing the previous evenings success of various pancake toppings. My personal favourites were chocolate chips from my basket of cake decorating paraphernalia. And golden syrup (but not together) My boss has a 4 year old son who has serious food issues. The only thing he really loves to eat is marmite on toast- as a marmite lover I can see the attraction, but can also see why my boss and his wife are quite worried. I think they have visions of him going on a hot date one day and be sat there with a couple of slices of Hovis and a jar of the black stuff. Anyway, as a result they like to try and tempt him at mealtimes with all kind of weird and wonderful things, and this was the first occassion little Charlie had tried a pancake. To his credit he had a mouthful of pancake before pulling his favourite Bart Simpson face and pushing it to one side. Mum suggested drizzling a bit of honey on some pancake. Nope, not interested. Peanut Butter? (Yuck, that cannot have looked attractive) Still No. Whilst all this was going on, Jack, Charlies little brother was having a delightful time squeezing all manner of toppings on his stack of pancakes and finally settled on his favourite -honey and peanut butter. Together. I sat back in horror when I was told, but apparently it is a fabulous combination and has to be tried.

From pancakes my thought process moved onto cake (as is the norm) and I thought about peanut butter and honey cake and Googled it. Oh yes, there is such a recipe. And I have made it this evening whilst listening to Chris Evans and dancing around the kitchen to 'Jump' in manner of Hugh Grant in 'Love Actually' It is lovely, very very easy (the cake, not the dancing) and simple to make but looks quite disturbing whilst mixing. Stick with it though!

Peanut Butter and Honey Cake
* 1/2 cup peanut butter (crunchy if you want texture, smooth if not-or a mixture)
* 1 cup runny honey
* 3 eggs
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1 3/4 cups plain flour
* 2.5 teaspoons baking powder
* 1/2 tsp salt

Cream peanut butter and honey together. Add eggs and vanilla extract. Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a separate bowl. Add to the creamed mixture. Pour into a lined 9 inch square pan and bake at 180 C for 35 mins. (or 350 F)
That's it! It really is easy..I did cover mine with a square of greaseproof paper after 25 minutes to stop the top from browning too much. Leave it to cool slightly before peeling the paper off, and then leave to cool totally before slicing and spreading with butter. Mmmm.....
The cake above is travelling over to East Anglia tomorrow to my Grandad. I don't think I will be admitting straight away what's in it though. I doubt very much he has ever tried peanut butter and I want to break him in gently!

p.s- not necessarily in the same league as the 'Sticky Ginger Cake' but much less faffing about!!


driftwood said...

I love that scene in Love Actually where Hugh Grant dances, the thought of you cake making in the same style has brought a silly grin to my face, hope grandad likes the cake!

Victorian Lady said...

The cake looks yummy! You've got to love the internet! :)

The List Writer said...

Oh my goodness, C is a HUGE fan of peanut butter and honey. He calls it PBH and has it on toast regularly. I'm going to have to make that cake tomorrow!

dottycookie said...

It's years since I've had peanut butter - I avoided it while I was pregnant and while the children were little, but the time is coming ... and that does look very tempting. Ummmmm.

I tend to dance to Chris Evans too - he's a bit like that, especially on Fridays. I found myself dancing about to Van Morrison last night, which I never thought I would ever do!

cd&m said...

The cake looks yum and far more to my taste tham marmite. Don't like marmite, isn't it strange how people either love it or loathe it?

Hazel Designs said...

This looks delicious!!!

Dragonfly said...

Sounds like a great combo!

Pinkie Cupcake said...

Cake looks fantastic, must try that this week. Oh, and we have the same radio!!!

Janette said...

Peanut butter and honey sounds fab to me, and I totally get the marmite on toast thing being completely rooted in the marmite camp.

Dancing to Chris Evans in a Hugh Grant style?? - is that supposed to be strange?? sounds perfectely normal behaviour to me ha ha xx

have fun


Ragged Roses said...

I love peanut butter and honey sandwiches and am very tempted by your cake recipe, as long as I don't have to dance while I'm baking (although I hate to admit it but that song does have the same effect on me!)

Tracy said...

I LOVE Hugh Grant, and Love Actually is one of DH & I's fave films, we HAVE to watch it each Christmas--LOL! This cake looks like a taste of heaven--must make! Thanks for the recipe!! Happy Day, my friend ((HUGS))

Vintage Amethyst said...

Mmmmmmm, that cake sounds yummy! I absolutely love peanut butter, but hate marmite!!!
Love Alison x

Kathy said...

Hi, Thank you so much for the lovely cake recipe - I am going to try and bake it one day this week. Loved the ruby pics, so disappointed no thighs though!Kathyx

Lucy Bloom said...

That combination sound really good to me, will definately be trying it sometime!
Lucy x

Gina said...

Wow, this cake sounds so scrummy!
So does the sticky ginger one!
My fave movie ever is Love Actually! doesn't matter how many times you watch it cracks me up {esp the 'Jump' dance} Loved my first visit {via driftwood} :O)

julia said...

That cake looks delicious, think I'll have to try it.
I too love marmite and used to eat it from the jar as a child, of course I'm far more refined now (ie. have to do it when no-one's looking!)
Julia x

Cowboys & Custard said...

YUMMY.. !!
This is a serious cake.. one to stick to the ribs and hips.. my kinda cake!
I will have to try this one after Lent.. I am being such a good girl and have so far managed to avoid chocolate.. it is torture.. not sure I'll last till Easter.


serendipitylovesnewyork said...

Your bosses little boy sounds just like mine, his staple diet is Marmite, we've taken him to a childrens dietician and their not worried about him, the one plus is it has lots of vitamins....I love pancakes especially with bananas and maple syrup..yum.
Your cake looked delicious, that would go perfect with a cup of tea right now.

julia said...

Hi there,
In response to your car boot question - we go to the racecourse one on a Sun morning. There's also a great one in Southam on Sun pm but I don't think it's started yet.
We're probably looking for the same things at Cheltenham car boot so you never know, we may have already bumped into each other!
Julia x