Thursday, July 5

Gran's fruit cake

It's frosty in the morning. The fire is constantly going. Your hands feel like they don't exist after a 15 minute lap with the dog. This all means one thing. It's time for tea and cake. And for cake and tea. Ohhh and just another cuppa thanks.. Cake? Ohhh no I shouldn't. Toasted with butter? - oh go on then. What's for Lunch? ermmm 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
4 eggs
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
raw almonds


Then:
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.

2 comments:

  1. Ooohh…. I love cake with my tea! A shame I'm not much of a baker though. Thanks for sharing your gran's recipe.
    Ronnie xo

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  2. Years ago I used to bake a fruit cake whose recipe I got from my nana, sadly I lost it in our travels and for the life of me can't remember the exact quantities. Thanks for sharing this, will have to try it
    x

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