Here in the UK it has been a good year for apples. The very good news is that at this time of the year I get them for free! I LOVE free😃 my friends have apple trees and can only cope with so many so I get the remains. I have baked, stewed,chopped and munched through the last couple of weeks.
Today I have made Apple Cakes. I used a recipe from The Dairy Book of Family Cookery which I purchased from my milkman back in 1983. In those days I had a young family and not much money. Now I have an old family and not much money……..! OK so I’m rich in other ways.
I have altered the recipe a little but here it is.🌞
225g cooking apples, peeled and chopped.
175 brown sugar
350 self raising flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 generous tea spoons mixed spice
175g butter, melted
1 egg beaten
Mix apples, sultanas, milk, and sugar
Sieve together flour and spice
Divide between 2 One pound loaf tins which have been lined and greased.
Sprinkle with Demerara sugar
Bake at 160 degrees C in a fan oven for 1 hour or until risen and golden brown.
Serve sliced with afternoon tea.
I was cleaning (I was, honest!) today when I fell into a nostalgia trip with the vase of daffodils illustrated. The jug was inherited from my maternal Grandmother, a lady that I never met. Her name was Susannah and the mother to seven children. She bought the jug in 1932 and it was her pride and joy. These were hard times and there was no cash for luxuries so the jug must have been a joy.
My Mum was very good at labelling things and thanks to her I now know when the jug was purchased. The label is getting a bit washed up now, but I haven’t got the heart to replace it until it is totally unreadable. It takes pride of place in my home and whilst it’s of little cash value it is irreplaceable to me. I find it wonderful that I still use with pleasure,Susannah’s lovely jug more that 80 years after she bought it.
I am currently suffering an invasion of step grandchildren (You’ve just gotta love them) so have had little time to craft other than knit a couple of hexipuffs! I am home alone today to have a bakeathon in preparation for tomorrow’s Colossal Cake sale in aid of Help for Heroes. More about that tomorrow. Today I have baked mincemeat slices, Fairy cakes and a Victoria sponge. Hopefully friends will turn up with more cake and dish wash hands.
Bara Brith is Welsh for Currant Bread and is a traditional fruit cake from Wales. This recipe is pretty much fool proof and was given to me by a friend from the WI (so it must be good).
Soak 1lb mixed fruit and 6 ounces brown sugar in half a pint of warm tea overnight.
Stir in 1teaspoon cinnamon and 2 tablespoons of marmalade, 1 beaten egg, 1 pound self raising flour and 1 teaspoon baking powder.
Divide into 2 well lined 1 pound loaf tins
Bake at 160 degrees for 50 minutes
This cake is fat free but you could butter if you wish! Put the kettle on and enjoy with a cup of tea!
When I was making the Ginger Cake mentioned in an earlier posting, I was whisked back in time to my childhood. OK it is quite a while ago-I told you that I am vintage!!
The object that transported me back in time was a tin of “Lyles Golden Syrup” Strange as it might seem my Mum used to save theses tins which are stronger than the usual can. She would wash them out and when she had two make me a pair of stilts. My Dad would use a hammer and awl to make two holes -one on each side at the top,below the lid rim. String was then threaded through one hole,across the tin top and through the other hole. The string was then knotted leaving the string a good length. The lid was firmly put on and voila a stilt. Two tins and away I would totter!
My foot would be on the tin lids with the string forming a handle. Holding a string in each hand I could now walk on the tins keeping them tight under each shoe! I wouldn’t dare to try it now as I’d probably break an ankle! Happy days!
I have been very busy making Gingerbread today as I am away with girlfriends this week end. We take cake with us so that we can indulge in luxury afternoon tea each day. This is a Mary Berry recipe. I love “all in one” cake recipes as they are so easy. This particular one is melted and mixed in a pan before putting into the oven. The final flourish is to stir crystallised ginger into the icing before applying it to the cooled cake. Yummy!
My step Grand daughter has been reading a book in class called ‘Flat Stanley”by Jeff Brown.Flat Stanley is accidentally squished when a bulletin board falls on him. Stanley is very flat but otherwise fine.Because he is flat he can travel in an envelope and goes to California for an adventure. Each pupil has made their own flat person and posted them on adventure. Flat Eden arrived this week and I have been tasked with photographing and recording her adventure with us. I have made a book of Flat Eden’s adventures and will post it back tomorrow. Job done! This picture is of Flat Eden with Benji who really wanted to chew her!
Hello this is a short introduction to what I hope ( know!) will become a regular,interesting and informative blog.
Noddfacrafts is a blog about the art of collecting, finding and re-using vintage treasures. It is also about everyday crafts including knitting,quilting,sewing and dreaming about what to do next!
My other blog aka damnvan1 is my first foray into the world of blogging and I have learnt so much on a very steep learning curve. It is now time to refine my blog and retain damnvan1 as a travel blog only. This means a NEW blog noddfacrafts which I hope to grow into crafting,vintiquing,make do and mending and hopefully interesting ideas and discussion. I will always enjoy constructive criticism and comments.
I have included a picture today of “work in progress” a nearly finished quilt. I do have a lot of “nearly finished items” and one day I will make a supreme effort……
I will start a list of my simple pleasures, many of which don’t cost much money, mainly time.
* searching craft shops and car boots for lost gems.
*Travel adventures (and camper vans)
*Baking -and sadly eating the results!
etc. etc. the list is very long so I will add and refine as I go.
Thank you for reading my new baby blog and I will watch up soon.