I did mess up a little bit because I opened the oven door a few times to check it wasn't burning and it sagged a in the middle as a result! I obviously forgot all those instructions from my domestic science teacher at school to NEVER open the oven door while a cake was cooking. I was never very good at following instructions. I just prefer to make it up myself as I go along. Unfortunately, with baking, you really do have to follow the instructions. I had to grab one of my vintage cookbooks to check on the conversions from Gas marks to degrees C but we got there in the end.
Saggy it may be but it is REALLY good. It'll only take you about 10 minutes to put it together and throw it in the oven so why not have a go yourself?
Here's the recipe:
Aunty Peggy's Fruit Loaf
2 Cups Self-Rising Flour
1 Cup Caster Sugar
1/2 tsp Baking Soda (Bicarbonate of Soda)
Pinch of salt.
1 Cup water
1 Cup mixed dried fruit (I used Christmas cake mix because it was on special and I like fruit peel)
1 egg (lightly beaten)
Line a loaf tin and set oven to preheat at 180 degrees C
Mix together first 4 dry ingredients in a large bowl.
Put butter, water and fruit into a saucepan and boil for 3 minutes.
Pour into the bowl of dry ingredients along with the egg and mix until just combined.
Pour into loaf tin and bake for 1/2 an hour at 180 degrees. Then turn down heat to 160 degrees and bake for 20 mins.
Do let me know how you got on if you made it and what you would change, if anything.
Why not make yourself a cup of tea, grab some craft books and curl up with a piece of cake this afternoon?
More Aunty Peggy recipes will be coming as I try them out.