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Wet Weekend Cake

Wet Weekend Cake


Not a good weekend for walking.  Even for me.

I did get out.

A potter around Potter Tarn on Friday afternoon.

Snatching the dry before the deluge set in.

Saturday was so bad I baked bread and cakes.

Experimenting with a new to me recipe from a book I’ve inherited from mum.

St Johns Church Yard

St Johns Church Yard

It was a bit of a faff with boiling the fruit first, and I nearly forgot to put the eggs in.

But it was worth it.

Totally delicious, rich and sticky.

Perfect for eating on the hills.

Duly tried on torrential Sunday, when we had to resort to lunch in St Johns Church, on the return leg of a wander over High Rigg.  The second time I’ve been up there in torrential rain.

Boiled Fruit Cake

  • 450g Mixed dried fruit
  • 225g caster sugar (I used Brown)
  • 115g butter
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
  • 200 ml water
  • 2 eggs
  • Sieve together:
  • 115g wholemeal plain flour
  • 115g self-raising flour
  • 1tsp ground mixed spice
  • 50g glace cheries (didn’t have any so just added more raisins)

Place the dried fruit, sugar, butter, bicarbonate of soda and water in a large saucepan and bring to the boil.  Simmer for 10 mins and then allow to cool for 15 mins

Beat in the eggs, stir in the flours, spices and glace cherries, mixing well

Spoon the mixture into a greased and lined 18cm round cake time (I used a loaf tin)  Smoothe the top

Bake at Gas Mark 3, electric 160C Fan 140C

Leave the cake in the tin for 15 -20 mins before placing it on a wire rack to cool completely

Glaze the top f the cake with warmed Honey (forgot that bit)

Absolutely Delicious

You can find my flapjack recipe here

Drying Out

Drying Out

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