Over the last two weeks I have read three books in Joy Dettman's Woody Creek series. Joy is Australian and this series is based in rural Australia from 1939 to the most recent one finishing in the 1960's. Although it is on Australia during that time, it is very reminiscent of growing up in rural New Zealand. It brought back memories of sitting around the kitchen table with a cup of tea and a slice of fruit cake. No bought biscuits or coffee in those days, and many a yarn was told over that cuppa and fruit cake. I just had to go and make one of those cakes and just so happens I even had all the ingredients in the cupboard.
Quick Sultana Cake
Heat oven to 180 deg
In a large pot add 500 grams sultana's and 1 cup water boil until water evaporated (doesn't take long just as well John was in the kitchen while I was on the computer or would have burnt) take off element.
Add 250 grams butter and tablespoon Golden Syrup let melt, helps if you chop the butter up a bit.
Whisk 3 eggs and essence ( used vanilla and coconut or raspberry is nice) and mix into pot.
Add 2 cups flour and 1 tsp baking powder and pinch of salt and mix in well ( I mashed up two very ripe banana's on the inside of the pot and stirred in)
Scrape all mixture out into a paper lined tin about 12 inch square ( if you use a smaller tin you get a higher cake, but I don't want John eating too much, I'll have to make another one then) my tin has the sides that open and make it easy to take out.
I sprinkled sliced almonds on top before the damn insects get into them, that happens here!
Cook for approx 1 hour test with skewer to make sure cooked through.
easy as, and only 1 pot a small bowl, wooden spoon, scraper to wash up, by sort of baking