Monday, July 15, 2013

Falkland Islands

Smoko Cake
I've seemed to develop a bad habit of cooking and not updating for a year, only to pick up again in June or July.  As such, I actually baked this cake last July 15.  Oh well.

I had a bear of a time finding recipes, but learned of a tradition of a tea break called a smoko.  In New Zealand and Australia a smoko tends to refer more to a cigarette break, whereas in the Falkland Islands it's more of a tea break with a special smoko cake.  The term smoko is thought to have originated in the British Merchant Navy (Wikipedia)

In searching for recipes for smoko cake, I only found one.  I have no idea how authentic it is, but it was quite tasty: lemony and sweet.

- 1 stick of butter
- 1 1/2 c. sugar
- 4 eggs
- 3/4 c. milk
- 2 1/4 c. self-rising flour, sifted
- rind of 1 lemon
- extra sugar
- juice of 1 lemon

1) Beat butter and sugar until creamy and white.  Add lemon rind and eggs; mix until combined.
2) Add milk and flour alternately while mixing.
3) Pour into greased 13x9" pan.

4) Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 40 minutes.
5) While still warm, sprinkle sugar and lemon juice over top.

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