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Self-explanatory, I think. You didn’t have time, you don’t want the factory version, so this one made simply with a jar of mincemeat will make a really speedy but excellent alternative.
Will anyone still make a Swiss roll? we asked ourselves. We made one and guess what, it was absolutely lovely, so here it is, and actually it’s very easy to make.
There are many versions of this and the type of tea used varies from what I call common tea to… you name it. But more importantly we have crammed in as much fruit as we could. Thus it keeps very moist and, later on, toasts beautifully.
I have fond memories of my friend Molly Owen, who gave me this recipe. On paper it may sound a bit unlikely, but just you wait.
Plain, meaning without added fruit, but light, airy and just the right amount of crusty surface makes these scones the perfect backdrop to preserves and clotted cream.
These have been a huge success with everyone who has tasted them, and because they’re cooked on top of the stove, children (with supervision) love making them. Serve them warm with lots of butter, and later on they’re very good toasted.
These don’t need clotted cream and preserves – just serve them fresh and warm from the oven with a serious amount of really good butter.
In the late ’70s this cake went down a storm, and still people tell me they always have it on their birthday! Because it is not made with flour it’s incredibly light and soufflé-like.
In the original book, and ever since, this has been one of my own top favourites, and has been hugely popular with everyone. But this time round we have used the all-in-one method, so it’s much easier.
Well, it has to be said. There have been many versions over the years, but this is the ultimate and it’s great for a birthday or any other celebration. At the football club we make them into little cakes.
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