Thursday, July 5
Gran's fruit cake
My Gran always has this fruit cake in her pantry. Ready to go for elevensies or a visitor popping round. My Gran lives in England and actually she might not have that cake available all the time anymore but she did when I was a kid and living over there. Well it sure felt like she did.
The other day I got a craving for that cake, and somehow we had a glut of dried fruit in the pantry. I dug around in my mothers recipe folder and found that recipe - and then I added some vavavoom to it - coz I'm like that with cake - and now 2 cakes and 3 days latter - its almost all gone. AND I'm planning on making more.. and you should too.
To make 2 large loaf cakes you need:
500gs of self raising flour
300gs of brown sugar
250gs of butter
1 & 1/2 cups of milk
1 tablespoon of mixed spice
150gs dried figs, roughly chopped
150gs dried dates, roughly chopped
150gs of raisins
150gs of cranberries
Melt the butter on the stove.
Combine all the dry ingredients in a super large bowl. Add the wet ingredients, including the slightly cooled butter.
With a wooden spoon mix like you've never mixed before. This ain't a cake for no mix master - this is a cake for sweat and errr.. swearwords...
Divide the batter between 2 well greased loaf tins, and decorate the top with the almonds, you could seriously cover the whole thing it will taste so good!. Pop in the oven and bake for an hour, and until a cake tester comes out clean.
(our current oven is running cool so this actually took me almost 2 hours to bake!)
You can halve the ingredients for one cake no worries too.