Characters: Un-named elf in a kitchen!
Disclaimer: The characters in this story do not belong to me, but are being used for amusement only, and all rights remain with the estate of JRR Tolkien.
I thought recipe fic might be good for this challenge - so the drabble is an exact 100 words - the recipe an added bonus!
“Why is it called pepper cake when there is no pepper?” he asked, when they first made it.
“Ah, well, a long time ago they thought of any hot spice as pepper,” his teacher explained. “And you could likely use pepper – but I was taught ginger and cloves; that’s how we do it in my family. Then eat it with cheese to celebrate every birth.”
He paused. “We used to make it often. But no call now. So we’ll do it for your begetting day instead.”
Which was why he made one today – it would have been his teacher’s birthday.
Old Yorkshire recipe for Pepper Cake
12 oz plain flour
4 oz brown sugar
1 teaspoonful baking powder
1 oz spice*
12 oz treacle
4 oz butter
3 beaten eggs.
*Spices traditionally used were one or more of the following; ginger, powdered cloves, all spice, caraway or coriander.
Sift the flour, baking powder and spice into a bowl. Warm the treacle, butter and sugar together and add it to the dry ingredients. Add eggs, bake for 2 hours at 325F. (Traditionally it was baked as a ‘thick round cake’)
If I'd been really organised I'd have got this written and posted for January 3rd...