Friday, 29 February 2008
Rewarding the workers
I've been in major declutter mode recently - a casual visitor might not notice any difference, but I do. There's still a long way to go but sacks and sacks of stuff have already gone to Oxfam - and so far the children have not noticed the toys I have squirreled away in the loft to see if they actually realise they are gone. Their stash of dolly clothes is next on my hit list ...
After a long morning flinging and cleaning, I needed a reward. So, inspired by Ali I made a coat for my coffee pot to match my tea cosy. So easy, I nearly made mug cosies to match. And in the spirit of "use what you have", some apple and apricot cake with a recipe adapted from Apples for Jam to use up odds and ends in the fruitbowl:
150g granulated sugar
150g soft butter
120g plain flour
1 tsp bicarb
1tsp baking powder
1tsp mixed spice
1tsp vanilla extract
apples - I used about 4 eating apples that were past their best
apricots - a handful of the ready to eat ones
Preheat oven to 180C (350F, gas 4)
Cream butter and sugar.
Mix flour, bicarb, baking powder and mixed spice.
Add eggs to creamed mixture, alternating with spoonfuls of flour. Beat well.
Process apricots and apples to small chunks - stop before you get a puree! You could do this by hand but I am far too lazy. Stir into cake mixture.
Line a loaf tin, or indeed a cake tin. I know Delia would be horrified but I usually just use whatever tin I have to hand. Put mixture in, and bake for about 45 minutes until cooked through (test with a skewer). Cover with foil part way through if necessary.
Can I tempt you?