Nana’s Fruit Cake

My Nana. If you think of a little old lady with grey blue hair, hard of hearing, and a taste of milky tea. Well that’s not my nana. It may well be someone elses though.

Always impeccably dressed, wouldn’t wear a track suit to the super market, with a soft spot for chocolates and coffee, and likes her sport. Sorry did I say likes her sport? Mad keen on sports would better describe dear Nana. Will happily sit up on and watch, AFL, rugby, tour de France, soccer…anything that involves a ball, tight shorts, and moving quickly. She’ll watch it. Also a  mad golfer, and rather competitive when it comes to playing board games. If by chance you need to go to the toilet while playing chess, make sure you take a good look at where all your men are before you get up…like I said she can be QUITE competitive.

Nana always has three important cooking tips for me in the kitchen.

1/ If you make a mistake in a savoury dish, cover it in gravy and no one will ever know the difference.

2/ If you make a mistake in a dessert, cover it in whipped cream and no one will ever know the difference.

3/ *this one has to be whispered* When giving someone a recipe for one of your famous dishes…always leave out an ingredient. You always want your dish to taste that bit better, (…did I mention competitive?)

Nana’s Fruit Cake- my version

(with all the ingredients in it…maybe)

250g mixed fruit

125g butter

1 tsp mixed spice

1 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp cinnamon

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup water

2 beaten eggs

1 cup plain flour

1 cup self raising flour

50g chopped up uncrystallised ginger

2 tbls maramalade

In a pot add the dried fruit, sugar, butter, spices, water bring to the boil. Allow to cool slightly, then add the beaten eggs. Add the flours, chopped ginger, and marmalade. Pop it into a greased pan, and bake at 150C until cooked, and skewer comes out clean.

This a dead easy recipe that you can alter to taste buds and things you have on hand. Nuts, other dried fruit, more spices etc. Freezes well too.