9th June 2012

Saturday marked the 12th Anniversary of the Serra Talhada Agroecological Market (FAST). To commemorate, we decided to bake some typical English recipes. The money raised through our products we donated to the market.

We made three types of different sweet. We wanted to make items that allowed us to make the most out of the produce available to us through our families – all of the fruit and the honey used in the recipes below were sourced from the organic farmers here in Poço do Serrote.

Here are the three recipes:

Mango and lime cake


425g mango slices 2 tbsp lime juice
175g açucar 25g sugar
1 tbsp baking powder 1-2 tbsp icing sugar
Rind of 1 lime Lime rind to decorate
175g butter
175g self raising flour
3 eggs
2tbsp coconut milk

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  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease the cake tin and layer the mango slices inside. Mix all ingredients thoroughly to form the mixture. Put in the oven for 25-35 minutes.
  2. To decorate – lime juice and sugar – heat both in a saucepan on the hob to form a syrupy liquid.
  3. Pierce the cake and drizzle most of the liquid over it when the cake has cooled. Leave for 5 minutes. Use the rest to glaze.


250g non-salted butter 425g rolled oats
175g honey (or golden syrup) 250g sugar
  1. Melt the butter, sugar and honey to form a thick mixture.
  2. Add the roll oats and mix together.
  3. Put into a lined baking tin, and place in a preheated oven at 200°C, for more or less 20 minutes, or when the edges brown, but the centre stays squishy.
  4. Leave to cool, then cut into slices to eat.


325g plain flour 2 tsp vanilla essence
200g butter (refrigerated) 2 eggs
125g suugar
  1. Blend flour with butter using hands.
  2. Add sugar, vanilla and eggs and mix.
  3. On a baking tray or similar, shape the mixture are desired to form biscuits and bake in an oven preheated to 180-200°C for 20 minutes, or until golden.

Our baked goods aside, CECOR offered free breakfast of cake and juice to everyone. These cakes were all prepared by the market traders, and included manioc, corn and wheat flour cakes, and juices of various types. There was also a bingo – the winner won a sheep to take home. All of us at the community were very upset not to win. It was a really fun day. I have to say that I always look forward to market day – I love the joking around with the other traders, and chatting to them and the customers. This Saturday was even better than others. I am really going to miss this when I go home.




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