Today I am happy to share a recipe. Nothing better than a cake recipe that is so easy to whip up.
I will give the recipe then tell how I changed it to suit the ingredients I had on hand.
1 cup mixed fruit
2 cups self raising flour
1 teaspoon mixed spice
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon bi-carb soda
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
Place fruit,sugar,butter and bi-carb into a bowl. Pour over one cup boiling water. Stir in flour,spices and beaten egg. Grease and flour a loaf tin. Bake in a moderate oven for 25 to 30 minutes.
Now I didn't have mixed fruit so used sultanas. I used a mixture of butter and margarine because I usually use butter in cake making and only had a little left so melted the butter and margarine together and added to the mix. I used only 3/4 cup of sugar. You can always do with less sugar. One teaspoon of mixed spice is never enough for me. I added about 4 teaspoons. This makes a lovely moist cake.
I am so happy, can you see the apricots in the photo above. I picked them on Sunday morning. This year our tree is bearing more fruit. Last year was the first year it had fruited, I missed it. I found the only apricot it had grown on the ground all soggy. So this year I was keen to make sure the fruit ripened and was then picked on time. I had covered the fruit with a net so the birds couldn't find them. It was wonderful to eat these fruit which haven't been sprayed with anything.