Thursday, 23 March 2017

A not so frugal cake !

If you would like to bake a traditional cake for Mother's Day then a Simnel Cake is the one to try. The good thing about this is that it is quite heavy, so people only eat small slices and it takes longer to disappear than the chocolate cake. Once again this is a recipe without eggs so ideal for vegans.

3/4 lb plain flour
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp mixed spice
1 1/2 oz margarine
8oz soft brown sugar
8oz sultanas
6oz currants
5oz raisins
1oz candied peel
2oz glace cherries
finely grated rind of a lemon
1/2 pt water
3/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda

Grease and line with greaseproof paper a 9 inch tin. Sift together flour and spices and rub in the margarine. Stir in the sugar, fruit and lemon rind. Make a hollow in the centre and add the water, stir in the bicarbonate of soda and mix thoroughly. Turn into the tin and bake at 350F (180C) for 1 hour, reduce hear to 325F (160C) for another hour or until skewer comes out the centre clean. If the cake is getting very brown you can protect the top with a piece of foil.

 Turn out on to a rack to cool. Once cool cover the top with apricot jam and roll out a circle of marzipan to fit. Use the leftover marzipan to make 11 balls for the top. Grill the marzipan for a couple of minutes to get the brown effect on top.

Tie a ribbon around it and present it to your Mum !

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