Tea Time : Eat Jaffa Cakes with… Franz Ferdinand

Forgive us Rock Gods, for we have sinned once again : with the damn quarantine, we finally got enough time to discover new music, but ended up spinning the same old classics instead! 🙈Some may say we are so predictable…

This week, we couldn’t help but playing Franz Ferdinand perfect first LP on repeat. It’s simple, this album is so full of bangers we wonder how the band managed to pick its singles. Dice, duel, short straw, maybe?

Franz Ferdinand is the perfect mix of indie rock, art rock with some delightful touches of new wave. When we first heard it in 2004, it was an instant crush! The storytelling is neat, sharp but never pretentious, and oscillating between cynicism and optimism. The songs show Franz Ferdinand surreal talent for catchy melodies, and their trademark: being undeniably modern while sounding comfortably vintage. Alex Kapranos’ velvety voice is on point, and the singer alternates easily between soft crooning and rocking indecency. Sixteen years later, the damn thing hasn’t aged a bit and each song is as intoxicating as ever.

While listening to this gem, we kinda felt the urge to bake some daunting Jaffa Cakes… and discovered they were originally created in Edinburgh! Another good reason to listen to our favorite Scots!

Jaffa cakes with Franz Ferdinand vinyl

Still, one problem remains : which tune is the best? Michael and its intoxicating riff? Jacqueline and his incredible bass line? Auf Asche and its bittersweet lyrics? The outrageously sexy Darts of pleasure? The earwormy Dark of the matinee ? Or the instant rock classic Take Me Out ? Help! It is frankly impossible to pick a favorite song! Damn you, Franz Ferdinand!

Anyway, here’s the recipe for our delicious tea-time Jaffa Cakes, you sugar junkies. Soft biscuits, dark chocolate and the best orange jelly you’ll ever taste. 🤤

As the not-so-great Katy Perry once said : Bon appétit, baby!

Jaffa cakes bitten orange jelly close up

Jaffa Cakes

Cooking time

2

hours 

Soft biscuits covered with lots of chocolate and orange jelly.

Ingredients

  • For the cheating on McVitie’s jaffa biscuits
  • 120g egg whites

  • 100g sugar

  • 80g egg yolks

  • 100g sift flour

  • For the darts of orange jelly pleasure
  • 5-6 organic oranges (for about 500g of fresh orange juice)

  • 100g sugar

  • 1 tbsp cinnamon

  • 1 vanilla pod

  • 3 gelatine leaves

  • For this fire chocolate topping
  • 200g dark chocolate

Directions

  • Play Franz Ferdinand first album and preheat your oven to 200°C. Make a French meringue : whip the egg whites until foamy with your Kitchen Aid or an electric mixer. Add sugar little by little until shiny stiff peaks.
  • Add the egg yolks and mix geeeently with a rubber spatula. Add flour little by little and stir carefully. Place the mixture in a pipping bag with a round tip and pipe out 5cm round shapes. Don’t have pipping bags? Use a spoon!
  • Bake your biscuit for 5-6min until golden brown. Allow to cool down on a wire rack.
  • Make your delicious orange jelly : hydrate your gelatine in a bowl of water. Meanwhile, heat all the others ingredients in a pan. When it boils, stop the fire and wait for about three minutes. Add the gelatin, stir until melted. Put the jelly in a cold bowl and place it in the fridge for one hour.
  • Dance with Michael. Or Jacqueline. As you like.
  • All your preparations are cold? Good. Whip the orange jelly and spread it on your biscuits. Place them in the fridge.
  • In a bowl, break the chocolate into pieces, set it over a pan of simmering water and watch it melt. Spoon over your biscuits. Place them in the fridge for about 30 min.
  • Eat and feel the darts of pleasure…

Notes

  • No Scots where harmed during the making of these cakes.
Jaffa cakes piled up on a plate
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