Thursday, 23 December 2010

An (un)Christmas Cake

I really want cake for Christmas.  The problem is twofold.  I don't have all the ingredients to make one, and it's really a bit late to be thinking of it on 23rd December.

So...what was in the cupboard?  Some dried figs from this year's crop, nutmeg, cinammon, honey.  OK that will have to do.

So here is my excuse for a Christmas cake (based on my tried and well-tested basic cake recipe).

100g butter - softened
140g sugar
2 large eggs
150ml milk
280g plain flour
10g baking powder
pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg
Chopped dried figs

Whisk the butter and sugar, beat in eggs and  milk.   Stir in the honey and chopped figs (I'm afraid I didn't measure the quantities but I guess it would be about half a coffee mug of honey, and as many figs as you want!)

Add the flour, baking powder, nutmeg and cinnamon and beat well.  Bake in a lined loaf tin at 160 degrees for approx 45 minıutes to 1 hour, or until you can insert a knife and it comes out clean.


  1. Your your computer, so I'll try this one too.
    You would not believe how much cake and sweet stuff disappears at coffee time....and how many times coffee time comes round!
    Mince pies...staying quiet about the suet...have been all too popular!

  2. Bomb: Yes it was (I had to try the sliced piece of course just to make sure)

    Fly: Oh I can believe it...and when you drink as much coffee as I do, they disappear even faster!

    Oh...mince pies! I could weep..I meant to bring back mincemeat from England to make some and I just can't afford all the ingredients and I can't get suet here either!

  3. Ah, told you, you should have tried the Cherry Mistmas recipe from Kate... Have a great one!

  4. Heiko: Yes I should have!

    You have a great time too xxx

  5. Right!
    Cake now coming up for the third neighbours are really into this, I swear they're passing the word round as those who've already been round are now returning with their Christmas visitors.
    It now rejoices in the name of Turkish cake and I'm just about to buy some more figs when I do the last minute shopping because we still have New Year to go!

  6. Oh brilliant Fly...I'm so pleased it worked out. So I have just searched my blog because I knew I had posted about this basic recipe before and also because it's so adaptable. So here is the post from 18 months ago:

    As you can see there are many ways of adapting it...happy baking xx

  7. Fly: I'm sure you remember how to copy and paste the link into your browser but just in case it doesn't work..Go to the bottom of my blog and look at the labels for the one on Food and Recipes and scroll through till you find it...dated July 2009 I think

  8. That looks great to me, especially surrounded by Christmassy things!
    Have a very Merry Christmas.
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

  9. Thankyou Maggie and I hope you and your family have a wonderful time too xxx

  10. Thanks! I've found it and am giving it to Violetta too, so it will be getting a wide coverage!
    It's wonderful when something turns out reliably time after time.

  11. That's what amazes me Fly...the way it turns out well every time. I expect to get the odd disaster with it but it never happens. Glad the recipe is being spread around..hope everyone enjoys xx

  12. Merry Christmas, Ayak. I sent you a long email (full of mistakes too!)so let me know if you didn't get it.

  13. Hi Nomad...Merry Christmas to you.
    Yes I have your email and you will have received the reply by now xx


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