Hello Dear Reader,
Are you getting excited about Halloween? One of my favourite things is getting my face nicely toasted at the bonfire on a cold autumnal evening.
My Bonfire Spice Cake is a lightly spiced, dark and smokey fruit and nut cake. It is perfect for eating round the bonfire or for bringing a little of that smokey dark-fired flavour indoors.
Bonfire Spice Cake – recipe
- 110g plain flour
- 1½ tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
- ½ tsp ground allspice
- 50g sultanas
- 55g chopped hazelnuts
- 140g chopped dates
- 25g (1 oz) crystallised stem ginger, chopped
- 115g butter
- 100g caster sugar
- 2 eggs
- 100g treacle/ molasses
- 65g golden syrup
1) Pre-heat the oven to 180ºC. Sieve together flour, baking powder and spices into a bowl.
2) Mix together dried fruit and nuts, together with 1 tbsp of the spiced flour mix.
3) Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in two eggs, then the treacle and syrup. Next beat in the spiced flour 1 tbsp at a time, then fold in the fruit and nuts. Place the mixture into an 8 inch square silicon tray, or a greased and lined metal tin.
4) Bake for 30-40 minutes until cooked through (i.e. a skewer comes out cleanly). Leave in tin to cool and then cut into squares.
What’s your favourite thing about Halloween?