Thursday, 11 November 2010

Big Nan's Fruit Cake Recipe

This recipe was passed down from my grandmother (‘Big Nan’) to my Mum and then to me and probably dates back to the 1940s. I love the idea of sharing recipes across generations as a little piece of family history and this one reminds me of tea at Nan's and after school at home with Mum.

There’s something satisfyingly untrendy about this cake and also very of it’s era – it’s cheap to make, the ingredients can be found in most kitchens and it’s a great staple to accompany a cup of tea if someone pops round. My favourite recipes are the ones with lots of taste but not a lot of ingredients. It's all in one pan which means less washing up too.

12 oz mixed fruit
4oz soft brown sugar
4oz margarine
2 eggs
8 oz self raising flour

1. Combine the fruit, sugar and margarine in a saucepan with ¼ pint of water, simmer for 20 minutes and leave to cool.
2. Beat in the eggs and flour
3. Transfer into a greased cake tin (I’ve used a 6 inch round one but you could use an 8 inch or loaf tin)
4. Bake at 150 degrees (gas mark 2) for 1 ½ hours

This post was inspired by Innocent 's Great Recipe Archive. Visit to vote for Big Nan's Fruit Cake and add your own!

1 comment:

Alicia said...

Yummy..My mouth is watering. I will definitely try this at my home.
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