In keeping with the ‘spirit’ of The Championships, Wimbledon, one hoped to stumble across a recipe with a tennis connection. Well, 'lo and behold' whilst flicking through my 1906 edition of Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management, there I discovered a recipe for Tennis Cake!
Darlings, as you’ll soon discover, Miss Windsor’s spin on Mrs Beeton’s most decadent, moist and luxurious Tennis Cake boasts an appealing light texture and colour - bestrewn with a plenteous amount of chopped almonds and flavoured with a subtle zing of lemon.
Of course, I felt compelled to soak the dried fruit in a generous dousing of Wray & Nephew White Rum – Oh, aren't I a trifle naughty! However, please substitute with orange juice if baking for the 'teetotal' society, or if the taste of rum is just not your 'cup of tea'!
Darlings, following Mrs Beeton’s most welcome counsel, she suggests, “Suitable for a tennis afternoon tea” – Miss Windsor certainly agrees! Therefore, this perfect sweet treat must be consumed during those warm and blooming months of ‘summertide’; and goes down rather well with a generous tipple of Pimms' No.1 Cup, or a dainty cuppa of Rosie Lee - How spiffing!
So, darlings, now ‘the ball is in your court’, so to speak! please dash off to your kitchen and have a jolly good go at re-creating this palate tickling baked goodie - Toot sweet!
Preparation time: 50 mins
Cooking time: 1 & 1/2 hrs
Serves 8-10 delightful guests!
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