Going To The Market

I love markets. There’s something special about them, particularly in hot countries. The fruit and vegetables are always seasonal and thus the more appealing. I am currently holidaying in Israel and yesterday went to an everyday market in a southern city called Beer Sheva.

The colours are amazing and very appetising! 🙂

These are fresh almonds, I had never seen them before.

Enjoy
Peace and loaf 🙂

All Purpose Rich Fruit Cake

The original recipe is by Dan Lepard and I’ve altered it slightly. This is a rich moist all purpose fruit cake. You can make it a few weeks before Christmas and feed it alcohol. Or, if like me, you live with people that just love fruit cake, it can be for any occasion. 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 105g golden syrup
  • 125g dark brown sugar
  • 100ml double cream
  • 7g mixed spice
  • 5g cinnamon
  • 125g butter
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  • Zest of a large orange
  • 3 medium free-range eggs
  • 500g currants, raisins,mixed peel (any dried fruit)
  • 250g natural glacé cherries
  • 250g strong white bread flour
  • 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • brandy, whisky or alcohol of your choice
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Baking time: 2 hours

Preheat the oven to 170C/335F/Gas 3 and line a round deep cake tin with non-stick paper. Place the syrup, sugar, cream and spices in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Take off the heat and add the butter in small chunks and stir until melted, then add the orange and lemon extracts (or zest). Then add the eggs beat slightly till the mix looks smooth, then stir in the fruit. Mix the flour and soda together in a separate bowl, then stir this through evenly. Pour into the tin and bake for approx 2 hours, using your own judgement and a cocktail stick. Leave to cool in the tin.

When cold, spoon the top liberally with your choice of alcohol, wrap well and leave for 3-4 days before icing or leave for a day and eat it as it is. Alternatively, you could feed it alcohol for a few weeks leading up to Christmas and then cover with marzipan and icing.

The cherries go all chewy and yummy.
Serve with a nice hot cup of tea. Perfect 🙂

For the love of muffins

A few weeks ago I had an order for a mixture of muffins. So I  went on the search for the perfect muffin recipe. After trying and experimenting with 7 different recipes with an array of different ingredients including buttermilk and sour cream I  created this recipe.


Basic Muffin recipe
Makes 12 large
250g self raising flour
2 tsp baking power
pinch of salt
175g caster sugar
1 egg
225 ml full fat milk
4 tsp oil
drop of vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 180’c.
Mix all the dry ingredients in one bowl and wet ingredients in another bowl. Then add any additions or whatever type of muffin you want to the mix.

– chocolate chips
– Cocoa powder and chocolate chips. (Add 25g of cocoa powder but minus 25g flour. this keeps the muffin moist)
– mixed berries, with this recipe you can add frozen berries,  they are good quality and cheap
– Apple and cinnamon
–  any flavour combinations you fancy

Then add the wet ingredients mix quickly and spoon into muffin cases.
Bake at 180’c for Approx 20 mins.

Easy and delicious! 🙂