This isn’t a #neverbakeditbefore challenge because it’s something I’ve baked many times, just not for many years.
I asked my Mum to send me the recipe for boiled fruit cake from her Be-Ro book. I have a Be-Ro book but the recipes change over the years and this one has been omitted for some reason.
If if you can’t quite make that out here it is:
12oz dried fruit
4oz butter or margarine
1/4 pint of water
8 oz self raising flour
From then on its pretty easy, just boil up everything apart from the egg and flour for about 20 minutes.
You end up with a nice glossy looking, rich buttery pan of dried fruit. You can use any dried fruit you want, and throw in a handful of nuts too if you like. I also add a teaspoon of mixed spice. It’s a nice recipe to tailor to suit your tastes. Let it cool, mix in the egg and flour and then pop into a 6 or 7 inch round tin.
My oven is a little on the fierce side, plus I put it in the round tin the recipe recommends, whereas Mum always did it in a loaf tin and it was a little more moist that way I think. Either way, I made a batch of scones and it all combined to make a very nice Sunday tea with a round of egg sandwiches. Low on effort but high on taste!
It is with the sound of bubbling fruit still in my ears I say:
It’s only vintage but I like it!