Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Jane Austen visit and recipie

I finally made it to Bath where, as my husband puts it, I "stalked" Jane Austen. He just doesn't get it... Anyway, the city was wonderful, the sun was shining, and I ate way too many scones with clotted cream. It doesn't get better than that. Oh, ya, and there is a very cute quiting store...bonus!

Here is some of the regency architecture. There were four crescents surrounding a small park. The photo below shows the detail between the first and second floors. There were hundreds of different patterns. They reminded me of appliqué.
I would definitely like to get back there again. I was able to go to the Abbey but ran out of steam and didn't see the baths (no pun intended!) don't you just love these carved angels climbing the ladder! They were on both side the Abbey. (And check out those blue skies!!!!)

A couple of folks asked for the Blueberry Pound Cake recipe. I think it came from Cooking Light but it may have been Southern Living. If they don't come from my family then 90% of the recipes I use are from one of those magazines.

Blueberry Pound Cake

2 cups sugar
1/3 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup reduced fat cream cheese, softened
4 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups flour, divided
2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 (8-ounce_ carton of lemon yogurt
1/2 cup sifted powdered sugar
2 tsp lemon juice
(optional: grated lemon peel)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Beat granulated sugar, butter and cream cheese at medium speed until well blended. Add eggs one at a time. Beat in vanilla.

Combine 2 Tablespoons of flour and blueberries in a small bowl and toss to coat. Combine remaining flour, baking powder, baking soda and slat. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture alternating with yogurt - beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Fold in blueberry mixture.

Pour into a 10-inch tube pan coated with cooki8ng spray. Sharply tap pan once on counter to remove air bubbles. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Cool cake in pan for 10 minutes. remove from pan. Combine powdered sugar and lemon juice in a small bowl (optional: add 1 tsp grated lemon peel.) Drizzle over warm cake. Cut using a serrated knife.


anne bebbington said...

Bath is a gorgeous city - stupidly as I only live about an hour away I've only ever visited it once, last October to see my niece who's at University there. However her brother may well join her there next September if he gets the grades - so another excuse to visit

Mad about Craft said...

My Mum & I had a lovely week in Bath a few years ago.

Whilst we were down there we went to the American museum at Calverton Manor. It was wonderful and the quilts were something to behold!!!!

I fully intend to go again!

Purple Pam said...

Thanks for the recipe. Your photos are wonderful. I feel like I am there with you. I am like the cat, I love the Trip quilt top, too.

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

Bath is a fun city. definitely remember the American museum with teh quilts and the clothing museum (or whatever that was) and the mosaic tilework at the roman ruins. hope you get another chance to go!

Clare said...

Bath is a great city - wish I could have been there with you. Wooo hoo for sun!

McIrish Annie said...

Oh, I am soo very jealous! I am a huge Jane Austen fan and would love to get to Bath. That view with the fence looks familiar! maybe from one of the many JA movies. which one was set in Bath??

Nines said...

WOW!! Gorgeous archetecture! And such lovely weather! A perfect Spring day! Love Jane Austin- stalking her shows good taste. giggle. Thanks for the recipe! I copied it and plan on trying it real soon!

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh what a gorgeous city and pictures! and that recipe sounds yummy! Glad a chance to drop in!

Malagueta said...

Bath is so lovely. There's a glow about it--even in the cold white light. The Fashion Museum is one of my very favorites!

Juliann in WA said...

We spent a few days in Bath last summer. My daughter is an avid Jane Austen fan so she had a great time. We did see the baths and they were really amazing. I even bought some fabric at that little quilt shop.

Gypsy Quilter said...

Sounds wonderful. Will try it soon. Love the architecture. Thanks so much for sharing.

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

Ohhh, Bath!!! between georgette heyer and jane Austen I feel like I know the streets!!! Thanks for the tour, tracey