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Daddy Cake!

This cake is called Daddy cake because my daddy likes it!!  It has been inherited from my fabulous mum.  It is really difficult to describe because it is technically a light fruit cake (I think) but this doesn’t really help people to know whether to try it or not.  It is definitely NOT a fruit cake like you get at weddings or christmas.  It isn’t like a dundee cake either.  It is more “cakey” than either of those and yet it is more dense than a Victoria Sponge.  In short, its Daddy Cake!  There is nothing else I know like it!  It tastes fabulous, and (especially if you have a big mixer) is simplicity itself to make.

Daddy Cake cooling in the Mini Baker

Daddy Cake cooling in the Mini Baker


8oz Self Raising Flour
4oz Butter (soft if possible)
4oz Sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
1 egg
1tsp Mixed Spice
4oz Dried Fruit


  • Heat oven to 170.
  • Add Flour, Butter, 4oz Sugar, Egg and Mixed Spice to mixer.
  • Beat on high until well combined and slightly lighter in colour.
  • Turn mixer down to low.  Whilst still beating add enough milk to make a soft dropping texture.
  • Add Fruit and gently mix through.
  • Use Small Mix ‘N Scraper to transfer into Mini Baker (and not leave any behind!).  Flatten top.  Sprinkle with Granulated Sugar
  • Bake in the oven for approx 35-40 mins until cake tester comes out clean.




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Turkey and Apricot Bake

This is a real family favourite and is an adaptation from a Sainsbury’s TV recipe from years back.


This takes just a few ingredients and makes something truly delicious.

454g Turkey stirfry or turkey breast sliced
25g Plain Flour
freshly ground Black Pepper
3 tbsp Olive Oil
1 Garlic Clove
1 bunch Spring Onions, sliced
150g ready to eat Dried Apricots, chopped
300ml Semi-Skimmed Milk
100g Cheddar Cheese, grated, divided
40g Wholemeal Breadcrumbs
2 tbsp Chopped fresh Parsley, or 1 tsp dried Mixed Herbs


  1. Preheat oven to 190C/ 170C fan/ Gas Mark 5
  2. Coat the turkey strips in the flour seasoned with pepper.IMG_3912
  3. Press Garlic into Skillet using Garlic Press and add Olive Oil.  Heat over medium-high heat for 30 secs (take care not to burn the garlic).  Add the turkey and cook for 2-3 mins, stirring, until sealed.  (In the photo below you can see the strips which have begun to seal as they are turning pale)IMG_3914
  4. Stir in the onions and apricots, then add the milk.IMG_3915
  5. Cook for a further 2-3 minutes stirring until thickened and smooth, then stir in 75g of the cheese.  Transfer the mixture to Stoneware Baker (I’ve used my Square Baker).IMG_3917
  6. Mix together the Breadcrumbs, Parsley and remaining Cheese and sprinkle over the turkey mixture.IMG_3918
  7. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes.  I serve with Rice (cooked with Rice Cooker Plus) and Steamed Broccoli.


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Fruit and Nut Cookies

As promised, here is the recipe for these yummy things!

Makes 9 or 10 cookies (depending how generous you are!)

75g Dried Apricots

100g Plain Flour

60g Whole Porridge Oats

50g Chopped Hazlenuts (optional)

125 Unsalted Butter

75g Soft Light Brown Sugar

2 tbsp Runny Honey

  • Preheat oven to 180C/ Gas 4.  If not using stoneware lightly grease baking trays.  Cut the apricots into small pieces and put in a Classic Batter Bowl.
  • Add Flour, Oats and Hazelnuts to the Bowl.  Mix together.
  • Cut butter into chunks and put in saucepan.  Add Sugar & Honey and heat over a low heat.  Stir gently until butter and sugar have melted.
  • Add the butter mixture to the dried mixture and mix.  Put 5 dessert spoonfuls of the cookie dough onto the stone leaving space between each one.
  • Flatten the cookies a little so they are about 1cm thick.  Bake for 15 mins or until they are light golden
  • Remove from the oven and leave to cool slightly.  Then transfer to cooling rack to cool and become crisp.

Alternatives:  Chopped dried cherries, raisins, cranberries, peaches or dates instead of apricots.  Any nuts instead of hazelnuts if preferred.

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