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Fruited Tea Loaf Cake

There is nothing better on a cold winter afternoon than snuggling down into the sofa with a big mug of tea and a slice of cake.   In particular this fruit cake preferably topped with a large slab of butter!!   Bliss.

My Scottish grandmother used to make this cake.  There is no creaming together of the butter and sugar, you just add them to the dried fruit in a saucepan and heat gently until the fruit plumps up in the buttery, brown sugary mixture and then add flour and eggs.  It is ridiculously easy.    Continue reading

Irish Apple Cake

It’s been a bumper year for apples in my garden and the old Bramley Apple Tree is weighted down by the fruit   There are lots of windfalls which means a constant battle between me and the dogs (who like to use them as balls) as to who gets to the best ones first!

This apple cake is an ideal one to use those windfalls up.  It makes a wonderfully moist cake, spiced with cinnamon and has a crunchy top   It’s a great pudding cake when served slightly warm with cream/custard/icecream but I confess I like it best as a plain slice with a cup of tea in the afternoon    It’s comforting and very “moreish” and somehow makes me think of something your great-granny would have served – an apron tied round her middle and bustling around making tea in her Brown Betty teapot (with a tea cosy of course!)

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