Madeira Cake

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Appears in

The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook

The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook

By Annie Gray

Published 2019

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Named for its usual accompaniment rather than an ingredient, Madeira cake was a favorite throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and a slice of cake with a glass of Madeira was both a slightly more fortifying alternative to afternoon tea and a suitable way of staving off hunger pangs in the early evening if you’d missed tea. There are many, very slightly different recipes, but it was nearly always made in a loaf pan and is instantly recognizable whenever it appears on Downton—usually on the side table during the family’s tea. Cakes of this type were often made in pans greased with butter and lined with sugar rather than flour. It gives them a slightly crunchy exterior and keeps the eater from having the occasional alarming mouthful of flour.



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