Food: Victoria Sandwich

Classic British Victoria Sandwich

I have no idea what the WI do.

Since I was a little girl there’s been a WI just around the corner from wherever I lived, and I’ve heard “Jam and Jerusalem” thrown about ad infinatum, but I have no idea what they do any more.

Is it all old people, as I suspected as a child, or are there young members running around knitting and analysing baked goods? Other than listening to talks about peculiar subjects, what do they do? During their centenary celebrations last year, did they finalise a secret plot for world domination, a plot that is about to come to final and terrifying fruition? Or is it just a group of people deeply passionate about cooking in the specific way that requires stringent rules about the set of jam and whether or not buttercream belongs in a Victoria Sandwich.

In my opinion it does, and a Victoria Sandwich without buttercream, as is suggested by the WI, is a travesty. So there.

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Food: Salted Caramel Sundae

Salted Caramel Sundae

Half-pint jug choc-full of brownie, salted-caramel ice cream and topped with salted caramel sauce.

Sometimes things do not go as we planned.

I was planning to share with you an impressive ice cream cake, but as I removed my brownie from the tin it disintegrated into a pile of gooey chunks. Disappointed and annoyed, I dumped it in a bowl and glared at it.  I had a tub of ice-cream waiting for this defunct brownie, and I was not about to let it down. Enter the quickie salted caramel sundae.

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Food: Sunshine Pancakes


Pancakes are a lie that I tell myself as often as I can.

I whisk batter and preheat the pan, blissfully oblivious. I scatter on fruit or drizzle on syrup and bring them to the table. It is only as I raise the fork to my mouth that my lies crumble and the illusion is shattered.

It’s obvious that I am eating dessert before 9 o’clock in the morning.

I, for one, think we should just break this breakfast-based delusion, and agree that dessert in the morning is a good idea. I even have a list of reasons:

  • Tasty.
  • Full-blown mood booster.
  • Coffee and dessert are classic partners, so we’re already half way there.
  • Really tasty.

You guys have to be with me on this, right?

In the spirit of our new alliance I want to introduce these made-for-morning sunshine pancakes. These began as a way to empty my fridge a bit, but that in no way changes that they are totally delicious. They’re kept moist with plenty of yoghurt, have a warming polenta-gold tinge and a zippy lemon poppyseed flavour. The perfect dessert for a pyjama-filled morning. I know what you’re thinking, but remember: Dessert is breakfast.

We agreed.

Sunshine Pancakes
(makes 8)

Sunshine Pancakes

150g plain flour, sifted
180g cornmeal
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp poppy seeds
250g plain yoghurt
240ml milk
75g golden syrup or honey
3tbsp butter, melted
1 egg
1tbsp lemon juice
1tsp baking powder

  1. In a bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, sugar and poppy seeds. In a separate bowl whisk together yoghurt, milk, syrup, 1 tbsp butter, egg yolk and lemon juice.
  2. Slowly whisk the liquids into the flour mix, taking care to keep the batter as smooth as possible.
  3. Leave to stand for as long as you can reasonable wait. I sometimes prep this batter the night before, because I am supremely lazy in the mornings.
  4. Once you’re ready, heat a griddle or frying pan on medium-high heat until water flicked on it fizzes and spits. Stir the baking powder into the batter. Brush the pan with a little melted butter and pour about 1/2 cup batter into the pan.
  5. After about 2 and a half minutes the edges begin to firm up and bubbles start to break in the centre. Once that happens, flip it. Cook for a further minute until the bottom is golden brown and delicious.
  6. Slide your pancake onto a plate and devour. Classic butter and syrup is delicious, but dollops of sweet yoghurt,fruit and honey or a sprinkling of lemon and sugar are all delicious variations, if you’re in the mood.

Are you feeling dessert for breakfast? Or is it brinner that’s stolen your heart? Let me know in the comments!