Friday, 6 September 2013

Don't ...

... keep having chocolate/ice-cream lollies for afters. It's no good for your diet.

I made some cake instead. I know - it's no good for your diet but if I cut it into small enough pieces then you've got the taste and only a few calories. And I know how much fat and sugar has gone into each cake. My simple cake recipe is 4/2/2, an egg and some milk.

eg. 4 oz flour, 2 oz butter, 2 oz sugar


8 oz flour, 4 oz butter, 4 oz flour - the ratio is the same.

At the front is a lemon cake tray bake so I added the juice and zest of a lemon.

The second cake in the middle used some brown and muscavado sugar, a teaspoon of mixed spice and 4 oz sultanas. At the back you can see my experiment with crackers.

I used 1 cup of wholemeal bread flour, a knob of melted butter, a pinch of salt and a pinch of sugar all mixed and kneaded together for 10 minutes. Who needs the gym to get muscles in your arms? I let the dough rest in the fridge for about 20 minutes then rolled it out very, very and more very thin. It was baked in the oven at 240 degrees C for about 5 minutes. I think I read about the recipe from the Keep it Simple blog (see the side bar). Frugal Queen also had a go at making crackers.

I shall make these again and experiment more with different flours and toppings. A couple of these will suffice for afters and I know what's in them!


PS Welcome to my new follower.


  1. Mmmmm, lemon cake for me please, sod the diet.

  2. Now, how did you know that I have ice-cream lollies for afters?! My guilty secret is exposed!

    I always think that there's less calories in homemade cake than shop-brought. I think I am deluding myself! xx

  3. One of the best things about home baking is you know exactly what you are eating. Your baked treats look delicious and home made crackers is something I'd like to try sometime.
    Anne xx

  4. Less fat and less sugar for cake - might try that. Thanks for the idea.

  5. Ill have the lemon too but with a syrup poured on while hot. Oh, there goes the sugar allowance. Oh Well, maybe ill diet tomorrow. LOL


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