If you were listening in to Gardens Hour today, this is the fruit cake we were eating in the studio. It’s a recipe from my Mum. You can put fresh fruit on top of the cake when you serve it. I put slices of mandarin orange on mine today. I’ve served it with slices of peach and pineapple too. Very moist and tasty. Can be served with cream or custard as a pudding, it is very versatile. Perfect for picnics too.
285g SR flour
85g butter, softened
110g golden caster sugar
180g mixed dried fruit
1 tsp. mixed spice
1/2 tsp. bicarbonate of soda
7″ round cake tin
Mix flour and butter together. Add sugar, mixed fruit, spice and bicarbonate of soda. Mix well.
Beat egg and milk together. Mix in with dry ingredients.
Turn into a well-greased cake tin.
Cook at gas mark 4, 170C oven for 1 hr 15 minutes. Check after 1 hour and put foil on cake if it is getting too brown.
Citrus Trees Update
I’ve started to move my citrus fruit trees out of the greenhouse into the garden for the summer. I’ll start them off in a shady position until the plant cells have become accustomed to the outdoors. After about four days, you can gradually move them into full sun. Moving straight from greenhouse to bright sunshine can cause