Hello Dear Reader,
This is a Mary Berry recipe, often used at the county shows as a competition recipe. I've adapted it slightly as dried fruit is really expensive.
To make this you will need
397g tin of condensed milk - 1.09
150g of butter - 60p
100g of glace cherries - 65p
225g of SR flour - I used GF flour, but you can use ordinary baking flour. 39p (GF)
2 level teaspoons of mixed spice 10p
1 level teaspoon of cinnamon 10p
2 beaten eggs in a mug 33p
IF - you are making the GF version, fill the mug with milk and add that too, GF flour needs more moisture.
Total cost £3.36 - cuts well into 16 portions - 20p a slice. Not bad for a nibble of indulgence.
Turn the oven on to 150/gas mark 2.
In a large pan, place the butter, condensed milk and all the dried fruit. Heat gently stirring all of the time until all mixed together.
Turn the heat down and keep stirring for a further ten minutes.
Remove from the heat and cool for 20 minutes.
Add the beaten eggs and milk if making the GF version.
Beat well together.
Add the flour and spices.
Spoon into 7" tin, lined with greaseproof paper. You can buy tin liners like this from Lakeland if you don't live near Trago. The cost me £4.50 for 100.
Bake for two hours - I check mine after one hour. After removing it from the oven, leave to cool for an hour in the tin and then transfer to a cooling rack or plate to cool completely before storing.
This will last for ages, I think it could even make a good Christmas cake. It's best eaten the day after you've made it. The condensed milk gives it a toffee like flavour and the fruit gives it a dense rich texture. It's wonderful on a Sunday afternoon with a bit of cake. Keep it wrapped in foil or in an air tight tin and this will last all week even after being sliced.
I'm entering a baking competition soon, so you'll see a few cakes as I practise. Now it's your turn, what's your favourite cake?
Love Froogs xx