52 weeks of baking – Tiny Treats
The first time I went to Europe was over spring break with my mom and brother in 8th grade. We decided to go to London, it was our first time traveling just the three of us so we picked somewhere where there wouldn’t be a language barrier. London was expensive and we wanted to see everything so we had to cut costs somewhere and we did that by not eating out for every meal. One of the great pleasures of the UK are their convenience foods, they have lots of ready to eat things in the grocery stores. We picked out items that would make for a good packed lunches as we traipsed around the city sight seeing and we’d always pick out things we hadn’t tried before or seen anywhere else. Funny flavored potato chips, mini meat pies and candy, the candy and sweets isle was always my favorite, that’s were I found jaffa cakes.
I can’t recall the first time I had a jaffa cake, but it was probably on this trip. I fell in love the moment they touched my lips. A thin slice of sponge cake topped with a disc of sweet orange jelly and enrobed in a crisp chocolate coating. They are great on their own but like other British biscuits are perfect dunked in a hot cup of tea.
Jaffa cakes are pretty straight forward, the only fiddly bit is getting the thickness of the jelly right and coating them in chocolate. Making the jelly and sponge cake is very quick, it’s the assembling that takes awhile.