Sunday, 15 November 2009

Honey-Nut Bundt


I know that I am supposed to be making a conscious effort to put more focus on the savoury here at DeliciousDeliciousDelicious, but with today being a Day of Supreme International Importance, I see no way out but to break my self-imposed ban on baking. I think we all knew it wouldn't last long. I certainly did. Welcome back flour, butter, sugar and eggs! How I missed you.

Anyway, you might be wondering what I'm talking about. Well, it's National Bundt Day in America. And I'm making it world-wide. Well why not?

I should first say that I wouldn't have actually known about this if it weren't for The Food Librarian. I follow her blog daily, and she loves Bundts. LOVES them. In a big way. She's been baking a different flavoured Bundt every day in the run up to today, and in all will have made thirty of them. Thirty! I actually think that this lady's dedication to baking and love for cake surpasses even my own. A round of applause for The Food Librarian, if you please.


The Food Librarian loves Hello Kitty, so today's
post features my special thirtieth anniversary plate!
I know, I know... You want one too.
Anyway, I have been inspired. I've tried to make Bundts before and had mixed success. I don't even talk about the botched Hansel and Gretel cottage Bundt, because it's too painful and I'm still not over it. All you need to know is that it was the day before Mr. Other P's birthday, it didn't turn out, and I had to stay up all night making emergency carrot cake in secret. Which was less than fun, I can assure you.

(Isn't that a lovely thought though - emergency carrot cake?)

I may one day try the cottage Bundt again, but have otherwise stuck firmly to my Gugelhupf pan ever since. Luckily, cakes baked in this fella do not follow suit. For that reason, I brought him out today for my Bundt Day Celebrations. What can I say? I wasn't in the mood for failure.

I've been planning to make this all week, and have gone though a million or so different flavour variations in my mind (I'm prone to food day-dreaming), but decided when I got home today to make something that didn't require any shopping. We have over-loaded food shelves, and most of the weight they carry is from my baking stuff, a lot of which need using up. A quick inventory revealed three jars of peanut butter. Three! Nobody needs that many. So I decided to make a peanut butter cake. I also found an open packet of peanuts and a jar of honey that has been hanging around for what seems like forever, and well... It doesn't take a genius to see that that's a killer combination right there.

The trouble with my Gugelhopf pan is that it doesn't seem to be a standard size - a one egg recipe doesn't fill it, and a two egg can overflow. So I just made this up as I went along, which I have to say, has made me feel like a very accomplished baker indeed. If the ingredients look a little unbalanced, it's because I deliberately added quite a lot of flour. To get the shaping from the pan, I think a slightly stiffer cake dough is better. Not that I really know anything about it.

I should confess though that the no-shopping for ingredients rule didn't quite work out. When the cake was in the oven and the smell came wafting into the lounge, I realised that a cake like this wouldn't be complete without a nut brittle topping, so ran out to grab a Mr. Tom from the corner shop. And looking at the cake now, I do think it completes it. I'm adding a photo for the people who don't know what a Mr. Tom is. Isn't it the best packaging you've ever seen? It is.


I Mr. Tom. He'll never let you down.

We're having friends over for Bundt Day festivities (cake and Scrabble) later today, so I haven't been able to taste this yet. I'll update when I have, but for now I'm left in the torturous position of not being able to eat the delicious smelling cake in my kitchen until everybody comes around. Awful!

Happy (Inter)National Bundt Day!

Update: It was REALLY good. And the people who ate it noted all the flavours without being told, which is always nice. One to make again.



Honey-Nut Bundt

You will need:

125g butter
150g soft brown sugar
2 eggs
200g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
3 heaped tbsp peanut butter
50g salted peanuts, chopped finely
a splash of milk

3 tbsp honey
1 tbsp warm water
75g icing sugar, sifted
1 Mr. Tom bar, or any other peanut brittle
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 175°C, and grease your Bundt pan (or a regular 20cm sandwich tin).
  2. Cream the butter and sugar, then add the peanut butter and blend thoroughly. Beat in eggs until combined.
  3. Sift over dry ingredients, and fold in gently. Add a splash of milk if you think the mixture seems dry, then stir through the nuts.
  4. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan, and bake for 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.
  5. Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool thoroughly.
  6. Stir together the honey, icing sugar and water to make a thick glaze. Drizzle over cake.
  7. Crush the nut brittle roughly and use to top cake, pressing the pieces of brittle into the glaze to help them stick.

28 comments:

  1. I LOVE IT! I love the Bundt and you know, I love me that Hello Kitty plate!!! Thanks soo much for baking along with my madness. I'm so thrilled that Bundt love is spreading across the world! ;) OK, a little much, but I'm just so relieved this project is over! Thanks again and great looking Bundt. - mary the food librarian

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  2. Happy Bunt Cake Day:) !!! Now if there was only a special day for all our favorite desserts to give us an excuse to bake eat more desserts . I love your recipe and photos, great!

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  3. I have never make a bundt cake but this sure looks so impressive. Well done.

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  4. Mary, I'm glad you like it! I only had about seven seconds to photograph it, as we had to do some drilling (don't ask), but I have to say it tasted really good. Sort of dry/crumbly, but because the glaze stayed gooey it was perfect.

    Spicie - Same to you! Did you make a Bundt? They aren't just for Bundt Day! Thank you for taking the time out to comment :)

    MaryMoh - Thank you! High praise indeed, because you make great desserts!

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  5. I love this cake, I need to get a bundt cake pan so I can make an awesome bundt cake like yours. This looks absolutely wonderful!

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  6. Jessie - Yeah, you must. But I also think this mixture would do great cupcakes. Thanks for stopping by!

    Tomato - Thanks. Loved your pandan bundt too!

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  7. National Bundt Day - That's flippin' awesome! I love bundt!

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  8. There are all sorts of International Food holidays. Just google it. It's insane! LOL!

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  9. I definitely like the "Tom Topping"... Though I have no idea who Mr. Tom is or why he makes candy bars named after himself, but I will look for his moniker next time I'm in the UK.

    Another note: This Food Librarian's Bundt marathon was called "I like big bundts"??? I love her!

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  10. National Bundt Day? Who knew? I feel like a kid who slept through Christmas. Yours does this auspicious holiday justice. Well done!

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  11. Heck you made up your own cake recipe? I am so beyond impressed Mr P! I don't own a bundt pan, but I really, really need to look into owning one as my goodness, your looks SO lovely:D

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  12. Very impressive looks wonderful! I would like a piece now please :)

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  13. very nice looking bundt you have ... great recipe too .. planning on making an apple nut bundt this weekend myself....

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  14. Mae - that made me laugh. 'Tom Topping' sounds like something else, especially to THIS young man with English sensibilities... Well, not so young anymore. :)

    Coby - thank you for following! :) I've made so many of Nigella's cakes over the years (baking my way toward diabetes no doubt) that I just kind of go with it now... Love your no blog blog btw. Can't wait to see what festive baking you'll be doing in Oz! (I'm deffo making the chocolate fruit cake from Feast. So much better than regular fruit cake.)

    Pegasus - We'll trade. I want your black and whites :)

    Drick - Why thank you! Make that bundt! And stop by to let me know how it goes.

    Veg Matter - I know. I almost missed it myself, but thank God I got home in time. Marking the calendar for next year...

    Thanks everybody for commenting - I read everything you write and really appreciate it.

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  15. Hey thanks! I've never eaten Bundt cakes before and I realised that I HAVE a budnt pan at home! Omg, I'm extremely excited to try them. A pity I missed the National Bundt day. Haha.

    Take care :)

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  16. I am shocked and impressed you had three jars of peanut butter lol!!

    Your little bundt cake is adorable, and I've never had a Mr. Tom bar. Now I have to go Google!

    Happy Now World Bundt Day Mr. P!

    Laura

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  17. The word bundt makes me crack up and i dont know why!
    But this does sound and look delicious!!

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  18. Oh yum, did it taste like crunchy nut cornflakes? I love that cereal, it's so damned tasty! Cheers for you awesome comments on zeh old blog- I did write out a long reply for you to read after your comment- If you can be bothered lol. This cake looks great though, I wonder if I could adapt it to eggless... Ah a new mission for me!

    Wait, I'm saving the best for last....


    I LOVE HELLO KITTY! I'm a H.K freak! I have her merchandise all over the interior of my car :$ and I had her on a cake for my 21st too... It was sad when I had to eat her. Lol, the plate is so awesome... I was hoping to get some H.K kit in the kitchen too. I'll have to have a google on ebay!

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  19. I didn't know it was National Bundt Day! It looks gorgeous, I totally would go for a slice right now!

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  20. Nice Bundt cake!!
    Nice site!!!

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  21. Delicious looking Bundt cake, must be yummy.

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  22. MMMMMMMMM,...MR. P!!

    Your honey Bundt cake looks drop dead georgous!

    I would like a big slice, please,...

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  23. I'm trying that cake for the first time this year Mr P, but using chocolate liquour in place of the coffee. I now have the glitter which I feel is so vital for the recipe;)

    I can only hope to one day be confident enough to truly wing-it with my cakes! Thank you for the inspiration:D

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  24. Though I consider myself a baker I have never made a bundt? Can you believe it? I feel a little pathetic now...You on the other hand should be quite proud of this lovely cake! :)

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  25. Beautiful! A great tribute to bundt cakes. I know what you mean by food daydreaming- I do it all day long.

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  26. I've never had a bundt cake before, mmm the icing makes it look so decadent!! I also didnt know there was a national bundt cake day, happy belated bundt cake day!

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