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MissAdventure Thu 10-Jan-19 20:30:13

Has anyone got a simple recipe, please?
I found one earlier online, but I can't find it again, and my sultanas are floating around in some tea, waiting for my domestic goddess to be unleashed! smile

Jalima1108 Thu 10-Jan-19 20:39:33

We used to make an Australian 'boiled cake' quite often; if I can remember the recipe you put the fruit, sugar, butter or marge plus strained tea into a saucepan, simmer and cool then mix in two cups of flour and bake. It always turned out well.
I'll try to find a recipe.

Jalima1108 Thu 10-Jan-19 20:40:50

oh - and add two eggs when you add the flour!

MissAdventure Thu 10-Jan-19 20:41:45

Thank you. It'll be my first attempt, so I'm hoping it'll come out edible. blush

Jalima1108 Thu 10-Jan-19 20:43:05

www.bestrecipes.com.au/recipe/boiled-fruit-cake1-L1188.html

However, we used tea, not just water.

MissAdventure Thu 10-Jan-19 20:52:19

Ah, thank you. I'll just sit here for a while.. procrastinating.

Fennel Thu 10-Jan-19 21:00:05

Do you mean a tealoaf with yeast MissA?

Bigred18 Thu 10-Jan-19 21:04:37

I make a Mary Berry Barabrith - easy and its fatless

MissAdventure Thu 10-Jan-19 22:14:53

No, not really, fennel.
Nothing too complicated!
Its in the oven now.
I sort of did what I thought, so we shall see.
It smells nice.
Just that the kitchen looks like a bombsite.
I'll have a look at the Mary Berry one, thanks bigred.

Jalima1108 Thu 10-Jan-19 22:50:46

I'll put the kettle on and we can have cake and tea smile

MissAdventure Thu 10-Jan-19 22:52:08

Do I need to let it rest or something? Will I get heartburn if I eat it warm?
(If its edible!)

Jalima1108 Thu 10-Jan-19 23:06:16

No! I can't wait for a slice smile

I've never understood that - my mother used to say we would get indigestion if we ate the cake before it cooled down.

But we ate puddings hot (with custard).

MissAdventure Thu 10-Jan-19 23:11:18

We weren't allowed to run around after dinner.
We had to wait for our dinner to 'fall off the shelf'.

Jalima1108 Thu 10-Jan-19 23:18:43

I won't run around after the cake.

Promise smile

MissAdventure Thu 10-Jan-19 23:24:18

smile
I think it has a soggy bottom.
Is there anything I can do?
Shall I have a look?

MissAdventure Thu 10-Jan-19 23:31:33

Wow! Look at that! smile
Thank you so much for helping me.
I feel all Nigella ish.

Jalima1108 Thu 10-Jan-19 23:32:55

shock
Don't tell Paul Hollywood

Cover it in icing
Or custard

MissAdventure Thu 10-Jan-19 23:33:47

Its not even soggy.
Its moist!

Jalima1108 Thu 10-Jan-19 23:33:55

It's delicious!
Thank you

MissAdventure Thu 10-Jan-19 23:36:32

Do you know, it is, actually. I'm ridiculously pleased with myself.
Silly old cow that I am.

mumofmadboys Thu 10-Jan-19 23:45:28

I'm another who makes Mary Berry's Barabrith. Simple and always works

Bellanonna Thu 10-Jan-19 23:46:36

I’m going to try it tomorrow!

MissAdventure Thu 10-Jan-19 23:48:56

I shall try the Mary Berry one too, I think.
I substituted oats for some of the flour, so its like a moist flapjack.

Nannylovesshopping Fri 11-Jan-19 10:09:39

I’d love to eat a chunk of that and a cuppa with you😋

MissAdventure Fri 11-Jan-19 10:20:31

You'd be very welcome, although I've just realised I forgot the eggs! blush

VictoriaMeldrew Fri 11-Jan-19 10:31:50

When my children were young....oh I miss that....a recipe circulated for a 123 cake. It was dead easy and obviously had 1 cup of this and 2 cups etc.....plus the fruit was soaked in tea so the cake was dark.

Anyone remember and can help?

TerriBull Fri 11-Jan-19 10:37:33

I also do a Bara Brith which is pretty similar to Irish Tea Bread, my husband likes a slice when he comes home from golf. I tend to Google recipes, this one is called Magmu's Bara Brith and is really simple.

3 strong tea bags, half a pint of boiling water, 6o ozs soft brown sugar, 8 to 9 ozs dried mixed fruit, 8ozs self raising flour, half a teaspoon of mixed spice, half a teaspoon of ground cinnamon.

Steep the mixed fruit and brown sugar overnight in boiling water. Then mix together dry ingredients and fold into wet ingredients adding beaten egg. Pour mixture into greased 2lb loaf tin. Bake at 170c for 1 and a half hours approx until knife comes out clean. There are several variations on line I believe.

MissAdventure Fri 11-Jan-19 10:54:01

Ah, I think that may have been the one I looked at first, Terri.
I feel a bit more confident to experiment now.

TerriBull Fri 11-Jan-19 11:06:55

I think you do have to experiment MissAdventure and adjust the amount of liquid sometimes, too much can make a runny mixture that doesn't always set in the middle. Trial and error what's the worst that can happen grin

Auntieflo Fri 11-Jan-19 11:29:41

MissAdventure. I use a Zena Skinner recipe book, remember her? from the BBC. Sorry, I digress.

Millie’s Fruit Loaf. is quick, easy and foolproof.
Using a teacup/ mug, that holds 8 fl ozs water.

1 teacup cold tea (without milk)
1 teacup granulated sugar
1 teacup mixed dried fruit
2 ozs butter or margarine
1 large egg. Beaten
2 x teacups SR flour. Sieved

Put tea, sugar, butter and fruit, into a saucepan, and bring to a simmering point. Simmer for 2-3 minutes.
Take pan from heat and allow to cool, until lukewarm.
Add the beaten egg and sieved flour.
Mix all well together, and pour into a lined 2lb loaf tin.

Bake at Reg 4, 350F, 180C. for 1-1.25 hours.

Turn out onto a wire cooling tray, and allow to get cold, before storing in an airtight container.

MissAdventure Fri 11-Jan-19 11:36:57

Thanks auntieflo.
I can't remember Zena, but that sounds a lovely recipe.
Its amazing how many variations there are! smile

Mapleleaf Fri 11-Jan-19 11:47:08

Your cake looks delicious, MissAdventure. You must post the recipe. 😁
Can we call round for some tea and cake?

MissAdventure Fri 11-Jan-19 13:29:42

Oh, thank you!
Yep, cuppa and cake for anyone willing to risk my baking. smile

Jalima1108 Fri 11-Jan-19 15:33:54

I forgot the eggs
Sorry was that my fault as I forgot them then remembered in the next post? blush

Never mind, it's still delicious!

Jalima1108 Fri 11-Jan-19 15:38:54

I remember Zena Skinner - it's an age thing MissA grin

That recipe sounds the same as my Australian boiled fruit cake.
Perhaps 'Millie' was Australian!

Daddima Fri 11-Jan-19 15:56:02

1 cup All Bran
1 cup s/r flour
1 cup mixed fruit
1 cup milk
1 cup sugar

Bake for about 1 hour at 180.

Barmeyoldbat Fri 11-Jan-19 17:13:53

Save meh a piece please with butter and a cup of coffee.

MissAdventure Fri 11-Jan-19 17:19:57

Well it worked fine without the eggs, jalima so think how much money I've saved! grin
Lots of grans would be very pleased with me.

I've just had a dollop of butter on it with a cup of coffee, Barmey and it really is nice.
Its tastes like a manor house cake with a hint of cinnamon.

HildaW Fri 11-Jan-19 17:23:58

I still use the recipe they showed on Blue Peter years ago.
Grease a loaf tin. Set oven to 170. Choose a large cup and make a good strong tea-bag tea.....I mix and match...real tea, floral etc. Once brewed pour into large mixing bowl and add 2 cups (the one you use to make tea) of any dried fruit and leave to soak. When its cold then add 2 cups SR flour and one cup any sugar. Mix well and then add one large egg. Mix again and then pour into loaf tin and cook 40 mins - 1hr or until skewer comes out clean.

karenGalaxy Fri 11-Jan-19 17:46:15

Greg's here I come

Purpledaffodil Fri 11-Jan-19 18:06:07

allrecipes.co.uk/recipe/29526/simple-boiled-fruit-cake.aspx
This one doesn’t have tea in it, but turns out well every time. I usually make two at a time in 8 inch round silicone ‘tins’.
I cut down the sugar, increase the fruit and spice.

Jalima1108 Fri 11-Jan-19 18:39:52

I have the urge to make one now but we still have some Christmas cake left (courtesy of a kind friend).

Magrithea Sat 12-Jan-19 10:37:10

I found this one and have used it numerous times, increasing the quantities to make several if baking for a cake sale or WI tea. It's simple and easy to make, the recipe is from an Irish flour miller so uses their products but any SR flour etc will work!

www.odlums.ie/recipes/tea-brack/

GabriellaG54 Sat 12-Jan-19 10:59:30

MissAdventure
You've probably baked and eaten it by now but here's a recipe for next time. I suppose you can vary the fruit mixture and the flavour of tea. The Hairy Bikers have a video on YouTube (they were much younger) as does Mary Berry and some others. smile

MissAdventure Sat 12-Jan-19 11:03:42

Thank you, all recipes welcome. smile
I shall try them all out, eventually. Its taken 55 years for me to make my first one, so it may be some time before I get round to the others though.

Jalima1108 Sat 12-Jan-19 11:19:26

You have a willing team of testers on here smile

MissAdventure Sat 12-Jan-19 11:23:22

I'll book a minibus to fetch you all next time I make one.
We'll make it a celebration of my domesticity.

Jalima1108 Sat 12-Jan-19 11:31:48

grin
I'll bring some sloe gin (home-made)

Bellanonna Sat 12-Jan-19 11:41:57

Now you’re talking Jalima

Jalima1108 Sat 12-Jan-19 11:43:14

grin