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Sunday, October 16, 2011

blog action day

today is blog action day and we have been asked to write about food, and seeing as heloween is coming up, ive decided to post a barm brack recipe :)

    350 ml cold water 540g sultanas 275g sugar 275g butter 400g self raising flour 1 tsp mixed spice 3 – 4 beaten eggs Optional: Chopped nuts, glace cherries mixed into cake 22.5cm square cake tin Preheat the oven to 180˚ / Gas 4 Line the cake tin with greased parchment paper Wrap trinkets such as coins, rings in parchment paper (as tightly and neatly as possible) Put the water, fruit, sugar and butter in a saucepan and bring to boil. Boil for 5 – 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Sieve flour and mixed spice into a large bowl. When boiled mixture has cooled, pour into the flour and mix well. Add beaten eggs and beat well. Pour into the prepared cake tin. Push the wrapped trinkets into the cake mixture (i.e. below the surface so there is no trace of them when the cake is cooked) Bake in a preheated moderate oven for approximately 1 ½ hours. After 30 minutes reduce oven temperature to 160˚C / Gas 3 for the remainder of the cooking time. Test with a skewer – if skewer is dry, the cake is ready.) 

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