The weather was dull and uninspiring. I had full intentions of going birding somewhere local, but instead I opted to have a mostly lazy day! Can't drive far anyway, as we are all in Tier 4 now. For some reason I felt very tired. Last night I had put lots of dried fruit soaked with brandy into a bowl, ready to make a new recipe, so had to get this finished.
This evening I made "Mary Berry's Fruit Cake", it seemed to take ages to do, but finally got the mixture into my double grease-proof paper lined cake tin and then added the blanched almonds and cherries and then added a double layer of paper on top, as instructed.
Fruit Cake made and ready to go in the oven!
Mary Berry's Fruit Cake
Although the cake came out successfully after four and a quarter hours, something extremely annoying happened – my cake tin is a loose bottomed tin, so there is a ridge all around the tin – part way through cooking, this filled with what looked like butter and then spilt into the oven. I removed the cake and tried to mop some of the butter substance up and it then splattered over the floor!!! Long story short – I won't be using that type of tin again! I suppose I should have at least put a large baking tray underneath, as that would have been easier to clean up than the oven! The spilt butter in the oven then started to smoke after I removed the cake and the fire alarm went off! I now have to wait for the cake to cool, skewer some holes in, dribble brandy in and then double wrap in paper and foil. Maybe I will stick to doing my Victoria Sandwich!!!
Storm Bella is building up, I can hear the wind increasing. Winds of more 80mph have been recorded in the UK today!
I heard some very sad news yesterday – Sybil Needham, wife of Geoff Needham from Holme very sadly passed away in hospital on Christmas Eve. I know several of their children who I went to Holme school with, including Cindy, Mandy, Debbie, Adrian and Sean. It brought back the death of my mother and how we felt in the first few days – especially since my parents were from the same village and same generation. My most sincere condolences to all families. Rest in peace Sybil 🕊