Our elder son, Simon, and his wife came to tea on their way to a party and I’m always glad of an excuse to bake a cake.
This fruit cake is one of my favourites. I always toss the fruit in a little of the flour so it doesn’t all sink to the bottom but is evenly distributed through the cake.
We’d been having a bit of a smashing time lately – sorting out the mugs chipped in the dishwasher and we’re always looking out for new designs. I found this one in the V&A gift shop when I last visited . The design is adapted from one of William de Morgan’s.
We have a full Thomas white china tea service but we’ve stopped getting it out even for our poshest visitors!!
We visited Louise in San Sebastian last weekend. taking the fruit cake to her parents-in-law in their caserio in the foothill so pf the Pyrenees. Although the donkey was tethered under an apple tree he was still pleased to be offered windfalls.
For the very first time ever – just because I was baking my fruit cake to take to Louise’s parents-in-law – my cake stuck in the Kugelhopf mould and, when I finally got it out, the top was too knobbly to give as a present. We ate half at our writer’s circle and I froze the rest.
Glad to say both cakes were delicious. I used a large loaf tin second time around because lunch with Louise’s family is a big affair with children, in-laws and grandchildren. The slices did turn out rather large and I was delighted when Louise’s father-in-law had a second slice. That’s the way to appreciate food. It’s not what you say but what you do – ask for more!!
Off to see Louise in San Sebastian in a couple of weeks. Her parents-in-law have invited us to Sunday lunch so I am baking them a rich fruit cake, well-laced with Drambuie. I use a Tefal kugel-type silicone cake mould – I always found my cakes stuck to my Kugelhopf metal tin, even though it was non-stick and well-greased. I bought the non-stick metal tin originally to make a yeast Kugelhopf cake. I love the slightly sour taste the yeast gives to it but a traditional English-type fruit cake is safer – especially if it is alcoholic enough.