Unlike Delia's Christmas cake kit which I tried out a few weeks ago, the instructions give you the weights of the ingredients, which means I will be able to share them if you would like to try them yourself
I use them a lot more at Xmas time, Nigella's Xmas being a fave,and you can always rely on Delia. It is from this book that my first offerings were created, I started by making scones, cakes, and biscuits from this, at the age of 10- just looked at the messy food splattered pages from those old days. I stick to this 100% but add in a handful of sultanas as we prefer them with fruit
Add the reminding ingredients - carrot, sultanas, coconut, pecans and orange zest. This recipe comes from the queen of cooking herself, Delia Smith, and is taken from her recently republished book 'Delia'sCakes'
Recipe adapted from Delia Smith. Let's talk about carrot cake first. This cake is W-O-N-D-E-R-F-U-L. It's luscious even though it's not too sweet and the cinnamon offsets the flavours in the cake wonderfully
these are based on my basic scone recipe, which of course is Delia's basic scone recipe. and then i've thrown in some 'carrot cake' type ingredients so please bare with me if you think it all sounds a little bit ad-hock
I've adapted this recipe from Delia- I usually make two or three small, six inch Christmas Cakes. An idle flick through my mountains of cookbooks shows Mary Berry soaks her fruit for a mammoth three days, Delia Smith overnight and Nigel Slater a paltry four hours