Farmhouse Cake

I had never heard of a Farmhouse cake before but I was talking about this in work today and a colleague remembered her gran making it a lot! So I then did a quick search and came across loads of recipes, all pretty much the same and it’s an old fashioned light fruit cake!!

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So first off all the dry ingredients are mixed together, I do love a cake with mixed spice..

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I assumed it was plain wholemeal flour, and it does seem like a lot of compared to the amount of bicarbonate of soda! The start of this chapter does talk about rising agents and there’s even a wee science explanation about baking powder! It goes onto say that bicarbonate of soda is sometimes used instead of baking powder but I didn’t think they were that interchangeable!

Anyway, that fat is rubbed into the dry ingredients..

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Then the fruit and sugar is added..

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Then finally the egg and milk are added. I used the full amount of milk to get a dropping consistency. The mixture is then poured into the tin. It’s says an 8 inch tin the only reason I picked a square is that it’s deeper than my round 8 inch tin!

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So I left it to bake in a fairly low oven for just about two hours, and by then the house was smelling great. It’s risen quite well and nicely browned after all that time..

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I think I left to cool for about 30 minutes before having a slice..

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It does have quite a crumbly texture, which am wondering if that’s because it’s quite a high flour to butter ratio..

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I don’t care about it being crumbly as its takes fab!! I do love a fruit cake and this is a pretty light fruit cake so might appeal to those who don’t like their cakes packed with dried fruit! The mixed spice adds a nice flavour which I also love!

Would I make this again? Yes..

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