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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