Thursday, March 25, 2010

Bill Granger's Apple Fruit Cake Recipe & A Family Afternoon

G'Day from Oz sweet friends. Thanks so much for stopping by to visit me in my little corner of the world Down Under.

A couple of weekends ago my parents came over for afternoon tea. Whenever they come over these days hubby and the kids always end up challenging my dad to a game of golf on the wii.  Mum and I always end up being left on the sidelines to cheer BUT this time I asked my mum to help me set a table with some of my prettiest things for a special afternoon tea. 

We used some of my vintage cups and saucers and a tablecloth that used to belong to my Dad's mother.

Bill Granger's Apple Fruit Cake, Recipe, Natasha in Oz


Bill Granger's Apple Fruit Cake, Recipe, Natasha in Oz


Bill Granger's Apple Fruit Cake, Recipe, Natasha in Oz


Bill Granger's Apple Fruit Cake, Recipe, Natasha in Oz, Tea party


We found a lovely centrepiece-thank you sweet Hubby!
Bill Granger's Apple Fruit Cake, Recipe, Natasha in Oz, pink roses

I used my Bohemia crystal sugar and creamer set. I love this set and use it regularly.

Bill Granger's Apple Fruit Cake, Recipe, Natasha in Oz, sugar and creamer

I served some cupcakes and sprinkled them with green sugar since St Patrick's day was approaching.

Bill Granger's Apple Fruit Cake, Recipe, Natasha in Oz, cupcakes


Bill Granger's Apple Fruit Cake, Recipe, Natasha in Oz

I also made Bill Granger's Apple Fruit Cake...another great recipe from my favourite cook book!

Bill Granger's Apple Fruit Cake, Recipe, Natasha in Oz

If you would like to try it you need 3 apples,peeled cored and diced.

Bill Granger's Apple Fruit Cake, Recipe, Natasha in Oz, red delicious apples


Bill Granger's Apple Fruit Cake, Recipe, Natasha in Oz

85 grams of walnuts (I used pecans)

Bill Granger's Apple Fruit Cake, Recipe, Natasha in Oz, pecan nuts

and you need

75g raisins
3 tablespoons of warm tea (or water)
250g flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground or freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
180g brown sugar
60g caster sugar
250g butter, softened
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger

After pre-heating the oven to about 180C, soak the raisins until plump. Butter or line a tin. Bill Granger uses a bundt tin but I just used a round cake tin. A bundt tin would have been better but alas I don't have one...

Sift the flour, baking powder and spices and add to a large mixing bowl.  Add the sugars, butter, eggs and vanilla and mix everything until pale and smooth. Spoon this mixture into the prepared tin.

Bill Granger's Apple Fruit Cake, Recipe, Natasha in Oz

Bake this for about 1 hour or until the cake shrinks from the side of the tin and the skewer comes out clean when inserted into the centre of the cake.

Because I used a cake tin I had to cover the top with foil for a while as it was browning too quickly and not cooking properly in the centre.

The end result....pure deliciousness!!!

Bill Granger's Apple Fruit Cake, Recipe, Natasha in Oz

It was crispy on the outside and moist and rich on the inside.


Bill Granger's Apple Fruit Cake, Recipe, Natasha in Oz


Bill Granger's Apple Fruit Cake, Recipe, Natasha in Oz

It was perfect on its own but it would be extra indulgent if served with a big dollop of cream!

It also provided enough energy for 4 hungry golfers and 2 tablescapers!

Bill Granger's Apple Fruit Cake, Recipe, Natasha in Oz


Bill Granger's Apple Fruit Cake, Recipe, Natasha in Oz

Bill Granger's Apple Fruit Cake, Recipe, Natasha in Oz, wii

It was a successful afternoon for all I would say!

Thank you friends for visiting me today. I am so grateful to be able to share some of my favourite photographs and memories of a special afternoon that I had with my family with my sweet bloggy friends!

Best wishes for a wonderful weekend,
Natasha In Oz
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