Monday, 20 May 2013

May Matters -Day 20 -Vinegar loaf

Another May Morsel, this time Mary's Vinegar Cake! 
A few days ago I read a post about a lovely chocolate cake that had been made with vinegar. Jennifer at Thistlebear had made it and it looked lovely. I certainly thought about giving it a go sometime. But it got me thinking about a recipe I have that also has vinegar in it- My Grandma's Vinegar Loaf- A fruit cake that uses vinegar instead of eggs.
Now this recipe has been around as long as I can remember but I thought I'd best check up on the ingredients, so I gave Grandma a call. Sure enough, it was right. One tablespoon of vinegar is about the replacement value of one egg and apparently they used to do this a lot in war time recipes.
So I decided to give it a go.

You need : 8oz / 200g/ Self Raising Flour
6oz/ 150g/ Dried fruit,
3oz /75g/ sugar,
3 oz/ 75g/ Margarine,
1 Tablespoon / 15ml Vinegar
and a bit of milk
First you rub in margarine and sugar, then mix in flour and fruit.
You then add your vinegar and milk until it's the proper consistency. (You know what I mean- we've all made cakes before!)
Then give it a really good mix, before pouring it into a lined loaf tin (I used a 20 cm/ 8inch one, which seemed about right)
 Bake it in a preheated oven at 325 f degrees / About 160 centigrade for about 1 hour

Cool and then enjoy. The original recipe, also said it was good buttered, like tea bread, so I decided to give it a go too- It was right!
And in case anyone is still wondering...No you can't taste the Vinegar!
Until next time,

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  1. It looks delicious! I'm so glad to see other people trying recipes like this; they're different but they come out so well.

    1. I'm glad you mentioned vinegar in your recipe other wise I would have forgotten this one:)

  2. That sounds interesting and it does look yummy. I might have to give this a try.

    1. It really is easy to make, have a go and let me know what you think- Its maybe a little drier and less sweet than some other fruit cakes- But it's good- and with a bit of butter on top it is even better:)

  3. I didn't realise the vinegar was an egg substitute, that's so interesting. I guess the war made people very creative with their rationing. Your recipe looks delicious. x

    1. I have an old W.I cookbook and a lot of the rationing recipes are in it- as rationing didn't stop until 1954 people had to adapt for such a long time. This is one of the tastier recipes, some of them are just a bit too different!

  4. I have never heard of using vinegar in a cake before.

    1. It's surprising what recipes you come across isn't it. Later on this week i'm going to make another fruitcake- this time with evaporated milk:)


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