This is such an easy recipe to make, but a goodie. This came from my Gran and I remember her making it, so I hope you will enjoy it too. Its really nice still warm and buttered along with a cup of tea and putting your feet up for 10 mins. Also great for packed lunches and a quick snack.
Fruit Loaf :-
8 oz mixed fruit or just sultanas if you prefer
1/4 pint tea
4 oz soft brown sugar
8 oz S.R. flour
1/4 teasp. mixed spice
1 tablesp. marmalade
Leave fruit to soak overnight in tea. Add all ingredients and mix well. Place in greased tin 325deg F. for 1 1/4- 1 1/2 hours.
Each year, I feel a pressure to make from scratch, birthday cakes for my two girls. It started straight away on my eldest daughter’s first birthday – I even got as far as hiring two cake tins from the local cake decorating shop. One for her party – Winnie the Pooh shaped and one for the family get together – rocking horse shaped. What on earth was I thinking!!
Friends quickly pointed me in the direction of the local supermarket, telling me I was mad to even think about making my own, it wasn’t good to start a precedent, I was already too stressed and busy, etc etc. So, I have always purchased their birthday cakes from said supermarket, until last year, when finally, I succumbed to the pressure of cake making discussions occurring on the playground and made my first birthday cake (which I am very proud of – see picture)!
My girls are happy as long as they have a nice cake, bought or made, but I did feel a warm fuzzy glow at making it myself with love (sweat, swearing and late night included!). This year, she is having a horse riding party and I really don’t think I am up to making a horse shaped cake!!
So, what do you do – buy or make? Please do show us your cakes if you have been brave and made your own.