Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Country Women's Association Cakes: Traditional, tempting, tried and true

I was so lucky this Christmas! One of the gifts I received was the wonderful Cookbook "Country Women's Association Cakes: Traditional, tempting, tried and true". The CWA is an organisation, that in their words "aims to improve the conditions for women and children and make life better for families, especially those living in rural and remote Australia." Thanks Natalie and Nick for the wonderful gift!

They are an Australian institution, and are known for their cakes and scones which have graced country and city shows and exhibitions. Recently, they're published a compilation of their recipes in several books.

Having a browse through all the lovely recipes, I thought I might test this recipe out. "Blueberry cake" by Janet Avery of La Trobe branch, Tas." This is utterly delightful, as well as easy to make. The lemony aftertaste is particularly good!

Blueberry Cake - by Janet Avery, CWA La Trobe Branch


1/4 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
zest of one lemon
1/3 cup yogurt mixed with 1 tsp lemon juice
1 and a 1/2 cups plain flour
2 tsp baking powderh
pinch salt
2 cups blueberries


2 tsp softened butter
1/4 cup sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice


1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius
2. Place butter, sugar, egg and lemon zest in food processor and blend briefly
3. Add yoghurt mixture, and sifted flour, baking powder and salt
4. Pulse, then stir in blueberries.
5. Spread butter in prepared pan and bake for 40-45 minutes.
6. Whilst cooking, make the glaze by heating all ingredients over low temperature until sugar has dissolved. Brush glaze over cake just before it has finished cooking.

P.S I am being very naughty and just pulled a packet mix cake out of the oven! For our landlord who is fixing up some plumbing issues tomorrow.. smells pretty good though!

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