Friday is my favourite day….the majority of my working life has been Monday to Friday…you could say I just didn’t find the job that is my passion yet because I know you should feel this way about every single day…we all have friends and loved ones who didn’t make it this far and if they were plonked back on the earth again on any day of the week this would be how they would feel….so why do we feel grumpy on Monday and happy on Friday….it surely is a challenge because I can’t tell you how different I feel on those days and how much I totally love the weekend….
However, I would still love to see some Friday faces….if you show me yours I will show you mine…maybe….
By popular demand I am bringing you the fruit cake recipe inspired by the recipe in Cook Happy, Cook Healthy by Fearne Cotton…I am about to add this book to My Favourite Books because I have used so many of the ideas within its pages and they are pretty easy.
You will need:-
200g sultanas and 200g currants
350ml cold black tea
250g white spelt flour
200g coconut sugar
Grated zest of one unwaxed lemon
2 tsp baking powder
2 eggs beaten
Oil for greasing
Place the sultanas and currants in a bowl, cover with the cold tea and leave to soak overnight at room temperature. Because I just couldn’t wait I just soaked mine for 30 minutes and it turned out just fine…but if you can wait I would recommend do it as Fearne says….it could taste even better….
Preheat oven to 200C/180C fan/Gas mark 6 and grease a 1kg loaf tin and line the base and sides with greaseproof paper/baking parchment.
Add all ingredients to the bowl with the soaked sultanas and currants, including the liquid they soaked in and mix together until fully combined.
Pour it into the prepared loaf tin and bake in the oven for 1 hour 30 minutes or until the skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean….keep an eye on it, you might need to cover with foil…I did…as it started to go a little too brown on top before the middle was cooked.
Remove and leave it to cool for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely….I struggle here not to cut a slice before it has time to cool…I should show more restraint I know….
I am not a fruit cake fan but this one is moist and very tangy….I used dried lemon peel and possibly should have soaked it to make it a little softer first but it does give it a great lemony taste…we have eaten it just as it is but try it with some nut butter if you love it…and perfect with my favourite beverage…yes a good old cup of tea….
Yesterday I made Spiced Oatmeal biscuits from the same book…don’t be put off by them resembling beef burgers, they are delicious and I plan to make some more with a cacao/coconut oil topping…far better than packet biscuits and no E numbers in sight…
And so my favourite day is here….tonight family visits and maybe Christopher will work with his eyes open and try not to resemble a Bond villain…
Don’t forget to show me your Friday faces!!!