Triems – Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights – Salwaa Smith
(Plain Loaf Cake)
Not all cakes needs strawberries or cream to enjoy. This plain loaf is very delicious and very popular amongst the Cape Malays. This loaf cake is usually served at large gatherings and is often included in a barakat (gift of food or cakes) at a gadat or thikr gathering. It’s usually made in loaf tins and sliced into thin slices. Triem is the Cape Malay version of a Madeira loaf.
Makes 2 loafs
125g soft butter or margarine
1/2 cup sunflower oil
1 cup white sugar
6 large eggs
4 cups self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup milk
Extra butter for greasing (approx. 2 tablespoons)
Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Grease 2 loaf tins well with the extra butter and sprinkle with flour.
In a large mixing bowl add the butter, sugar, oil and eggs. Whisk until creamy using an electric beater, about 5 – 10 minutes.
Add the flour , baking powder and milk. Whisk until all the ingredients have incorporated. Divide evenly between the 2 loaf tins. Bake at 180C for 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle of the cake comes out dry. Cool 5 minutes in the loaf tins before removing from the tins, leave to cool completely before cutting.
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Add 1 of the following for variation
– 1 tsp fine cardamom powder, or
– 1 tsp vanilla essence and 1/2 cup dessicated coconut, or
– 1 Tbsp fine aniseed powder