What is a seed cake in The Hobbit?

What is a seed cake in The Hobbit?

Featured prominently in Tolkein’s The Hobbit, Seed Cakes are a tasty pound cake filled with caraway seeds. Their distinct flavor makes them delicious as well as memorable. Preheat the oven to 300°.

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What are the ingredients in a very good seed cake?

A VERY GOOD SEED-CAKE.1776. INGREDIENTS – 1 lb. of butter, 6 eggs, 3/4 lb. of sifted sugar, pounded mace and grated nutmeg to taste, 1 lb. of flour, 3/4 oz. of caraway seeds, 1 wineglassful of brandy.

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How do you make a caraway seed cake?

Mode .—Beat the butter to a cream; dredge in the flour; add the sugar, mace, nutmeg, and caraway seeds, and mix these ingredients well together. Whisk the eggs, stir to them the brandy, and beat the cake again for 10 minutes.

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What is a seed cake?

Seed cake is actually a very traditional cake which goes way back in British history. It was very popular in Victorian times, and a good seed cake recipe would have been included in most cookery books of that era. This traditional British cake is flavoured with caraway or other flavourful seeds.

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Hobbit Cakes (and, Miss Temple) — The Plated Page

· Seed Cake Recipe from 1895, found in the Matawan Journal: note that this cake is rolled out and cut in rounds, like biscuits.. Seed Cake- Once cup of butter, two of white sugar, three eggs, half a cup of caraway seeds and flour enough to make a stiff paste.Sprinkle the board with sugar, roll out the dough very thin and cut it in rounds. Bake about fifteen minutes.

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Learn how to bake seed-cake like a Hobbit

· However, “The Hobbit” is not the seed-cake’s first appearance. It is actually a traditional British cake flavoured with caraway or other flavourful seeds such as poppy. Without further ado, here’s what you need to make a seed-cake and how from Diane Duane: The recipe below is for 1 loaf. Don’t forget to make more if expecting a company of …

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Seed Cake (The Hobbit – Savory Stories Ep. 5) – YouTube

· A big jug of coffee had just been set in the hearth, the seed-cakes were gone, and the dwarves were starting on a round of buttered scones . . . ‘And raspberry jam and apple-tart,’ said Bifur. ‘And mince-pies and cheese,’ said Bofur. ‘And pork-pie and salad,’ said Bombur. ‘And more cakes — and ale — and coffee, if you don’t …

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Food In The Hobbit – OAKDEN

· Seed cake is mentioned very early on in the Hobbit, so it seemed a logical place to start. The recipe I followed came from an early 20th century copy of Mrs Beaton, it is a very traditional English cake and it is safe to assume that it is the type Tolkien would have been familiar with, though I welcome any discussion on this point.

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Food of the Shire

· Here are two excerpts from The Hobbit that cover pantries and food, and a link to a recipe for the seed cakes mentioned: Chapter 1, The Hobbit, An Unexpected Party “ It had a perfectly round door like a porthole, …

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The Hobbit pantries – Edible Pantry

Dec 16, 2012 – A food blog celebrating everything that is chocolate covered, sugar laden, and otherwise delicious.

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Bilbo’s Seed Cakes | Seed cake, Hobbit food, Food

· Preheat oven to 350ºF. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, seeds, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg. In another bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Use a separate bowl to whisk together eggs and brandy. …

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Lord of the Rings Hobbit Muffins | Rosanna Pansino …

· In one bowl sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. In the mixer, beat together the sugar, honey, eggs, butter, lemon zest and juice and vanilla extract. Bit by bit, add in the dry mixture of ingredients into the wet mixture. Once all combined, shape into squares. Use a butter knife to trim the edges for a cleaner look.

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Twice Baked Honey Cake recipe | The Hobbit | In Literature

Pre-heat the oven to 170C/325F/gas mark 3 and grease and line a 7″ (18cm) to 8″ (20cm) round cake tin. Cream the butter with the sugar and then sift in the flour. Add the mace, nutmeg and caraway seeds and mix together well. (Add …

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Mrs Beeton’s Victorian Seed Cake – a Very Good … – …

The appearance in The Hobbit is hardly the first one: seed cake turns up as comfort food often enough, sometimes in strange disguises (the reference in Winnie the Pooh to “crustimoney proseedcake” is one of these). … Took Family Seed Cake. 250 g / scant 2 cups cream flour or (US: cake flour) // For a tenderer crumb than with plain flour …

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Information sources:
  1. What is a seed cake in The Hobbit?
  2. What are the ingredients in a very good seed cake?
  3. How do you make a caraway seed cake?
  4. What is a seed cake?
  5. Hobbit Cakes (and, Miss Temple) — The Plated Page
  6. Learn how to bake seed-cake like a Hobbit
  7. Seed Cake (The Hobbit – Savory Stories Ep. 5) – YouTube
  8. Food In The Hobbit – OAKDEN
  9. Food of the Shire
  10. The Hobbit pantries – Edible Pantry
  11. Bilbo’s Seed Cakes | Seed cake, Hobbit food, Food
  12. Lord of the Rings Hobbit Muffins | Rosanna Pansino …
  13. Twice Baked Honey Cake recipe | The Hobbit | In Literature
  14. Mrs Beeton’s Victorian Seed Cake – a Very Good … – …