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
2 large eggs
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.