Jaffa cakes are a lovely cake-like biscuit, made of a fat free sponge with a layer of orange jelly on top and then coated on top of that with lovely dark chocolate.
I had the suggestion for making them from my sister in Canada, clearly she was yearning for some, though she wont be able to eat mine from thousands of miles away.
Having checked a few recipes, which were all very similar, I opted to follow the recipe on BBC Food .It is very simple, if a little time consuming and the result are very pleasing indeed. The homemade version tastes just like the shop bought ones. It is very easy to get carried away and eat one after the other.
In the Czech Republic they have the same thing, but call them Coko Piskoty and use different flavours of jelly. I may well make them again with a cherry or raspberry flavour, they will be awesome I am sure.
For the cakes
- 2 free-range eggs
- 50g/2oz caster sugar
- 50g/2oz plain flour, sieved
- 1 x 135g/4¾oz packet orange jelly, chopped
- 1 tbsp orange marmalade
- 125ml/4½fl oz boiling water
- 200g/7oz good quality dark chocolate, minimum 70 per cent cocoa solids, broken into pieces
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
For the cakes, bring a little water to the boil in a pan, then reduce the heat until the water is simmering.
Add the flour, beating continuously, until a thick, smooth batter forms.
Half-fill each well in a 12-hole muffin tin with the cake batter.
Meanwhile, for the filling, in a bowl, mix together the jelly, marmalade and boiling water until the jelly has dissolved and the mixture is smooth.
When the jelly has set and the cakes have cooled, cut small discs from the layer of jelly, equal in diameter to the cakes. Sit one jelly disc on top of each cake.
Bring a little water to the boil in a pan, then reduce the heat until the water is simmering.