Family holiday cake

Home from the family holiday and our house seems so quiet… we went away with cousins as we do every year, and this time there were twenty-five of us! When I tell friends, some say how they would dread being away with family – for us it’s the highlight of the year – along with the family Christmas party!

We all take cakes to have as dessert, and to sustain people out walking… I made a fruit cake which received much praise I’m delighted to say:

Turpin’s Cottage fruit cake

  • 6 oz butter
  • 6 oz soft brown sugar
  • 3 or 4 eggs (depending on size and how the mixture is)
  • 9 oz self-raising flour
  • pinch of salt
  • plenty of mixed spice or allspice – I used 4 heaped tsp
  • 5 tbsp milk
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 27 or so oz of chopped dates, apricots, prunes, figs
  1. beat butter and sugar until very light and fluffy
  2. add alternate flour and eggs, beating well in between
  3. add salt, spice, golden syrup and milk
  4. add remaining flour and fruit
  5. pour into a greased, lined tin – I used a roasting tin as I wanted a shallow cake which could be cut into squares for walkers to take out on their picnic; otherwise use an 8″ round tin
  6. bake at 180º C, 350º F, gas mark 4 for an hour (checking to see it’s not browning too much) – if in a round tin, reduce heat after an hour and cook for a further 40 mins or until cooked

The cottage we stayed in – a big house really, was called Turpin’s Cottage because apparently he once stayed nearby. I loved the house, I thought it was wonderful and would love to return… no doubt it will appear in one of my stories!

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