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Ginger Cake

Ginger Cake

We like a well-flavoured ginger cake.  This keeps well and gives me the illusion of being a little healthy.  It’s one of our regulars because it is so quick and easy. 8 oz plain wholemeal flour 1 heaped tsp mixed spice 3 heaped tsp ground ginger 1 level tsp bicarb 4 oz marg (or butter […]

Plain Yogurt

Plain Yogurt

I introduced this recipe in a blog post, but people tend to look for my recipes in this Recipes section – so I’ve added it here. Yogurt as a technique was developed to preserve milk, so it lasts ages in the fridge. I’ve kept it up to two weeks. I have been specifically aiming for […]

Cut-and-Come-Again Cake

Cut-and-Come-Again Cake

This recipe is based on one in my Marguerite Patten cookbook, influenced by a friend’s family recipe and further research. It’s my husband’s favourite, so it’s well tested! 10 oz SR flour 1/2 tsp baking powder 1 rounded tsp mixed spice 5 oz white sugar 5 oz soft marg 10 oz raisins 2 eggs 4 […]

Lemon Drizzle Cake

Lemon Drizzle Cake

Lemon Drizzle cake is traditionally based on a rich Victoria mixture – equal weight of butter, sugar, eggs and flour. I find them a bit heavy, and get through the eggs too quickly, so I explored a version based on the proportions of my Chocolate Cake – and it works! I normally bake in a small top […]

Spice Cake

Spice Cake

6 oz margarine 12 oz soft dark brown sugar 3 eggs 8 fl oz skimmed milk 1 tsp vanilla essence 12 oz wholemeal flour 3 tsp (level) baking powder 1/2 tsp nutmeg 1 heaped tsp mixed spice Cream the marg and sugar, beat in the eggs one at a time, and beat in the milk gradually. […]

Scots Tablet – Microwave

Scots Tablet – Microwave

Two recipes – the first is simple and easy, the second takes a long while of standing and stirring. Both are very more-ish! 4 oz (115g) butter (I use normal salted butter) 1 lb sugar (450g) (I use 1oz or 30g dark muscovado, the rest caster sugar) 1 *small* can (UK size 5.9oz or 170g) evaporated […]

Oat Crisps

Oat Crisps

5 oz margarine 4 oz sugar (brown or golden is nice) 2 oz syrup or honey 4 oz wholemeal flour 3 oz oats 2 oz coconut 1 tsp bicarb 2 oz chocolate chips and/or broken walnuts Melt marg, sugar, and syrup together in a pan, and leave to cool slightly. Meanwhile, mix together dry ingredients in […]

Molasses Cake

Molasses Cake

4 oz margarine 6 oz muscovado sugar 2 fluid oz molasses 2 eggs 4 oz wholemeal flour 4 oz porridge oats 4 oz raisins ½ tsp bicarb 2 tsp (heaped) ginger 1 tsp (heaped) mixed spice Grease a 7″ x 10″ x 2″ cake tin. Cream together marg and sugar. Beat in eggs, one at a […]

Fruitloaf

Fruitloaf

15 fl oz very strong tea 1 lb dried mixed fruit * 1/2 tsp crushed aniseed (2 oz chopped walnuts, optional) 2 eggs 10 oz wholemeal flour 1 Tbs baking powder 1 Tbs mixed spice (1/4 tsp salt) Combine tea, fruit, and aniseed in a large bowl, cover, and leave overnight or for at least 4 […]