The current read for our Cook the Books Club is Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll, selected for us and hosted by Debra of Eliot's Eats. My special vintage edition, beautifully illustrated with paintings by Angel Dominguez, was found online through Etsy. If you'd like to read (or re-read) this old classic, and join the party, you have until the end of September. What we do is read the selected book, get inspired by something in it to cook, then post our food and thoughts.
After getting into the book it soon became obvious that I hadn't actually read it before. I'm pretty sure I read Through the Looking Glass, but maybe not. Who knows? Read but all forgotten. What a surreal trip! It felt as though I were having flashbacks! Won't mention to what :).... very strange and hallucinagenic at any rate. Not much food is mentioned really, aside from tea with bread and butter, and of course, Mock Turtle Soup. Tarts are stolen, but we don't know what kind. Luckily our imaginations can usually supply something, as well as delicious courses for the Mad Hatter's Tea Party.
A Christmas Greeting poem after the prologue was written "from a fairy to a child." And that was my inspiration - to make Fairy Cakes for the Tea Party.
100 g (4 oz) softened butter
100 g (4 oz) caster sugar
2 large eggs
100 g (4 oz) self-raising flour
1 level tsp baking powder
225 g (8 oz) sifted icing sugar
handful of sweets, to decorate - I used pieces of gummy bear type "Organic Fruit Slices"
Measure all the ingredients into a large bowl and beat for 2-3 mins until the mixture is well blended and smooth. Fill each paper case with the mixture.
Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes until the cakes are well risen and golden brown. Lift the paper cases out of the bun tin and cool the cakes on a wire rack.
Put the icing sugar in a bowl and gradually blend in the warm water until you have a fairly stiff icing. Spoon over the top of the cakes and decorate with sweets.