This week, it was Victorian week on The Great British Bake Off and the contestants had to make game pie, a tennis court fruit cake and a Charlotte Russe. I love fruit cakes and my favourite since when I was a child was farmhouse fruit cake. They are generally only made in small tins so this time I was determined to make a recipe that would work in an 8 inch tin so I could eat more cake! My recipe is below. I love proper cakes when you have to knead the butter into the flour to breadcrumb consistency. It is how I always remember making them with my Nan’s when I was a child. The cake worked quite well, however I had the temperature in my new Belling BI60 MF oven up to high so the sides were cooked while the inside was still wobbly. I covered it with foil but the sides were definitely overcooked. I added extra glacé cherries on top as my Victorian inspired decoration but may not do that again as they were a bit overcooked too.
What is your favourite cake from your childhood?
Farmhouse Fruit Cake
This is a traditional and very simple farmhouse fruit cake recipe
Author: Jo Brigdale
Recipe type: Cakes and Bakes
- 550g plain flour
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 170g unsalted butter
- 225g soft brown sugar
- 50g ground almonds (optional)
- 225g mixed fruit
- 60g glacé cherries plus more to decorate (optional)
- 1 egg, beaten
- 300ml whole milk
- Grease and line an 8 inch loose bottomed tin and set aside. Preheat oven to 125 degrees C (fanned) or 150 degrees C (conventional)
- In a large bowl, add in the flour, bicarbonate of soda and the butter and knead together until a breadcrumb consistency is formed. Add in the soft brown sugar, ground almonds and the fruit and mix it together with your hands.
- Add in the milk and the beaten egg and stir together until a cake mix is formed. Pour into the prepared tin and flatten the top. Decorate with the cherries and cook in the oven for about 2 hours until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool in tin for 30 minutes, then remove to a wire rack and allow to cool completely
- Serve with a cup of tea and enjoy!
For more fruit cake recipes please see:
Spiced Apple Spelt Cake with Rooibos Tea by Franglais Kitchen
Simple Blush Orange & Vanilla Cake by Coffee & Vanilla
German Plum Cake (Pflaumenkuchen) by Little Sunny Kitchen
Chocolate Ale Fruit Cake by Tin & Thyme
Blackberry & Apple Crumble Cake by Family Friends Food