Occasionally during my university years, I worked in the rainbow tent at the National Folk Festival in Canberra, serving tasty homemade food to the festival goers. Loyal customers came back year after year and asked for their favourite, which more often than not was something called Lumberjack cake. I had never heard of it and it had dates in it, so I didn’t want to try it either! Now I must confess, when I was younger I was a terrible eater. I basically lived on chicken, raw carrots, bread and fruit – my poor mother, I would never try anything.
A few years later, Keith and I rented a house on 17 acres outside the New South Wales country town of Gundaroo. I think about this house all the time – it was our ‘right house/wrong time’ moment in life. We were 30 minutes from the nearest supermarket so this is when I started to bake. I learnt to keep the pantry well stocked so I could create sweet treats as and when we felt like them – I certainly didn’t want to be making a one hour round trip to pick up an afternoon snack. I loved living there – it was a real sanctuary and I felt some kind of affiliation with Barbara out of The Good Life!
Among many other bakes, this is where I first cooked a Lumberjack cake…
Lumberjack cake is a hearty cake and it will give you everything you need to get up and go! We all think it is scrumptious in our house, so I thought I would share my recipe so you can all have a go at making your own. I can’t eat gluten and wheat, so this is my own gluten free recipe but I have included a tip for cooking it with wheat flour.
If you do give it a try – I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!