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Hello Dear Reader,
My grocery shop this week consisted of: a bag of potatoes, margarine, wafer thin sandwich ham, eggs, bread and loo rolls! That’s all I needed, so that’s all I bought. I’d already cooked for the week and I have enough of everything else for all of our meals this week. I did well. I bought four sliced wholemeal loaves at 25p each and two packets of eggs for 99p each. One pack went into two quiches and another packet has gone into two cakes.
First of all, sticky lemon cake. I use these large square tins as I then cut the cake into four, keep a quarter of each for the week and freeze the rest until needed. Here’s the recipe for the lemon cake.
Zest of one lemon, 5 eggs (they were small) 8oz of each of the following: margarine, SR flour and sugar – put the lot in one bowl and beat together – pour into greased cake tin and bake on 180 degrees for 30-40 minutes – my oven is hopeless (overworked at over 10 years old!) and it might be the setting I put it on, but it’s guess work. The topping? The juice of one lemon and half a cup of sugar – stir together until smooth and spoon onto the top whilst still warm. The lemony sugar sits on top and becomes crispy and the sugary lemon juice soaks in and makes it sticky and delicious.
Next – Froog’s version of Saint Delia’s Dundee cake…………mine is the affordable version. You will need: 3 eggs (I used 4 small ones) 5oz sugar, 5oz margarine and 10oz of SR flour – you will need almond extract or essence – I use two tablespoons full. Mix the lot together until smooth. Now add a whole bag of cheapy Tesco value (Morrisons and Asda do these too) of the cheapest mixed dried fruit.
………………..the whole 500g worth!It’s 64p! I then added a small tub of glace cherries. I only added these as I’d bought a joblot from Approved Food, I would never pay the full £1 a pot price for them! I bought 12 packs from them, so paid 33p a tub for them.
I cut the cherries in half to make them go further. So, now stir the lot together and pour into a greased tin. Again, I use a large square tin, well greased or lined and baked with the lemon cake, for about an hour…….or maybe more if the oven is playing up! I also cooked the supper at the same time. I will cut the fruit cake up into four, freeze three quarters and leave the rest in a tin for Dearly Beloved to cut a slice a day and take to work to have with his coffee.
Finally, someone asked me for the recipes for pasties. first of all – how to make the pastry –
Then – how to make pasties – I don’t add any butter or marg to the centre of my pasties – but some of the old dears do!