It wasn’t until after I baked Digory’s plum cake that I remembered Jane Brocket’s Cherry Cake and Ginger Beer, a treasury of the desserts, confections, and treats found within the pages of classic children’s literature. I gasped when she first revealed her project on her blog. What an amazing endeavor to take on! One part intellectual, one part just plain fun. My favorite kind of project.
I never did buy the book. It’s impossible to find in the U.S. at a reasonable price, and most of the recipes reference classic literature best known to British children. After making the plum cake, I searched online to see if the book was available now, years later. Not for less than $100, it isn’t! Instead, I found an Americanized version called Turkish Delights and Treasure Hunts, a book in a similar vein that draws from classics I remember. Included, of course, is The Chronicles of Narnia. I haven’t seen the book, but I suspect a recipe for plum cake isn’t included. The reference to plum cake was a metaphor, and I believe Brocket only wrote recipes for foods that played a part in their originating stories. She had to draw a line somewhere. Like, maybe, I don’t know…Turkish Delight?
[update: Emily is psychic.]