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Recipe of the Week: Gramma Cake (Russia)

 The Global Vegetarian Kitchen features outstanding full-colour photographs, which accompany more than 100 easy, appetizing  recipes for vegetarians, vegans and those who just enjoy good food. Whether you grow your own food, source fair trade or buy local, this cookbook starts where you are, offering tips to source local and cook global. It’s time to take your tastebuds traveling.

"This dessert is one that’s been in my family for three generations, and came from my Russian grandmother. The night before you want the cake, sprinkle the raisins with the baking soda and pour over the boiling water; let it  sit overnight." Lee Bartell, Provincetown, Massachusetts, US

Preparation: 20 minutes

Cooking: 50 minutes 

2 cups raisins* 

2 tsp baking soda*

2 cups boiling water*

1/2 cup / 112 g butter

1/2 cup / 120 g sugar

2 eggs, beaten

2 cups / 300 g wholewheat flour

a few chopped nuts and/or chocolate chips

* soaked together overnight

Heat oven to 325°F/170°C/Gas 3

1 Cream together the butter and sugar. Add the eggs, stirring, and then the flour.

2 Pour the raisin water in and stir to produce a batter-like consistency. Then add the raisins.

3 Now pour the batter into a greased and floured cake pan, sprinkle the chopped nuts and chocolate chips on top, if using, and cook for 45-50 minutes.

4 Leave in the tin for 10-15 minutes to cool before turning out onto a wire rack. If the cake is crumbly, serve from the tin when cool.

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  1. #1 Debbie 29 Sep 10


    I just made this cake. It came out beautifully. It looks lovely when finished.

    I'm eating it with Earl Grey tea and its a match made in heaven/my kitchen!

    The cake itself has a very nice texture when you eat it and just tastes really nice.

    I decided to use the nuts AND chocolate (why just one). I used walnuts and some high quality dark chocolate for the topping (70%).

    In my oven, I had to bake it longer than the recipe suggested, so it was in the oven for 57 minutes.

  2. #2 Katherine 05 Oct 10

    Made this cake in the weekend - very nice, very easy! Like Debbie I did have to bake it about 10 minutes longer than the time stated. I've been eating it with a scoop of icecream. Cream would be nice as well but it's not a staple item in our house.

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