Thanks to Louise, I became aware yesterday that it was the 83rd anniveresary of the first publication of Winnie the Pooh. Of course, everyone loves Pooh Bear, right? Right. So, since Louise thoughtfully provided a link to a Pooh Party Guide, which included a recipe for Hunny Cake, we had everything necessary!
Thor loves a good party, and you can be certain that he was in the middle of it, along with a couple of Birthday Poohs and Birthday Tigger.
He sniffed for a minute, to see if the Hunny Cake was dog friendly.
Having concluded that while bears like hunny, dogs do not, Thor laid down for a while. Others celebrated with Hunny Cake; Thor celebrated with Beef Treats.
In case you're not Thor, here's how you would go about making a proper Hunny Cake. Oh, bother, it requires baking! Sorry!
1-3/4 cups flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup hunny (or honey, as you see fit)
Cream the butter with brown sugar, then beat in the eggs until smooth. Add all of the dry ingredients, milk and honey, and beat until light and creamy. Spread in either two 9" round pans, or a 9x13 baking pan. Bake at 375F 20 to 25 minutes for either size, until the cake tests done. The original recipe suggests topping the cake with powdered sugar (and my dearly beloved opines that it would have been great that way), but I used....
1 egg white
1/2 cup honey
Beat the egg white until stiff. When it's very stiff, put your honey in a large microwavable measuring cup, and microwave it until it boils, less than a minute. (If you use a 1 cup measure, you run the real risk of boiling over, which is a delightful mess; learn from my experience.) With the mixer running, drizzle the hot honey into the egg white, and beat until smooth and glossy. Frost your cake; the frosting layer will be smaller than with most other recipes, but it's rich and moist enough to make up for that. This recipe was found in my old Fannie Farmer cookbook, although she didn't label it as being appropriate for Pooh's birthday.
Thor wishes you all a Happy Thorsday, and hopes you will celebrate a belated Pooh's Birthday with all of your two footed and four footed friends. Until next week, In Which Thor Hopes He Will Have Found Sunshine....