Wholewheat Fruit & Guinness Cake

This is a recipe I used to make regularly many years ago. More precisely, when my daughter was a baby, back in the early 1980s. It comes from Delia Smith’s Book of Cakes, published in 1977, where it’s named Wholewheat Guinness Cake. The page where the recipe is printed in the book is so stained […]

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Plum Cake with Streusel Topping

I’ve often claimed in these pages that I don’t bake much, yet in truth, like many people, I started off as a ‘baker’ and there has definitely been a lot of baking in my life, even if less now than years ago. Baking cakes if often where we start with cooking. I used to make […]

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Blueberry ‘Rock’ Cakes

Rock cakes are culinary symbols of both my and my children’s childhood. My mother made them most Sundays for tea. So adept was she at baking them, I don’t think she used any scales to measure ingredients and just threw everything in, judging the right consistency by look and feel. When my own children were […]

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Quick & Easy Dundee Cake

Making a Dundee Cake is a risky business for me; fraught with the potential for family discord. It’s part of family history that I used to make Delia Smith’s Whisky Dundee Cake (in her Christmas book from 1990) for my son often when I visited him at university in Manchester or made one for him […]

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