"Having invited Helen and me to approach the table, and placed before each of us a cup of tea with one delicious but thin morsel of toast, she got up, unlocked a drawer, and taking from it a parcel wrapped in paper, disclosed presently to our eyes a good-sized seed-cake."
Thank heavens for Miss Temple and a small moment of cheer at Lowood - one of very few in Jane's existence there.
With food conspicuous by its absence most of the time in Jane Eyre, seed-cake it is for our virtual afternoon tea, and it's making its third appearance in 'Books and Cakes': we had it with Tom's Midnight Garden, and a long way back with The Mysteries of Glass, but though somewhat 'old-fashioned', it's a good cake and I'd recommend it. This time I used Delia's recipe sans almond topping as such frippery seemed out of keeping with the privations of Lowood, but I've run to a large pot of Lapsang to go with it, so please pull up a chair! We're talking about the book over here.