When I first moved to Britain I used to spend hours in the Supermarkets just looking at all the different food, comparing and contrasting it to what we had in the States. There was one cake that puzzled me, Madeira cake.
Madeira is a fortified wine, but this cake doesn't have wine in it. Did that mean you were supposed to eat this cake while drinking Madeira? No, that wasn't right either.
Then one day, a Madeira cake was served to me for afternoon tea and the light bulb switched on! Pound cake! Madeira cake is very similar to what Americans call Pound cake.
I've never made Madeira cake, until today. I used NIGELLA LAWSON'S MADEIRA CAKE RECIPE and I was very pleased with the results.
Now I have a new problem, every time I type the words 'Madeira Cake' I think of this song....HAVE SOME MADEIRA MY DEAR !
You can get Nigella's recipe by clicking HERE