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The Ferryman’s Daughter!

The bowl is from Cornwall and as for the apples – well you’ll have to read the book to find out!

Today is publication day for The Ferryman’s Daughter, my very first book for Orion. We may be in lockdown, in an uncertain world, and definitely with no opportunities for wild celebrations, but I’m still wonderfully amazed and excited to see my novel sail out into the world.

I loved the time I spent with Hester, the passionate, independent-minded and determined heroine of The Ferryman’s Daughter. The original inspiration for Hester was Rosa Lewis, who in Victorian times rose from a kitchen maid to cooking for royalty and owning her own hotel and who was also the inspiration for the popular TV drama series ‘The Duchess of Duke Street’, which is still repeated now and again.

But when I was writing my story of resilience and friendship overcoming the uncertainties brought to a community facing

St Ives, in Cornwall, where the story is set

WW1, I never thought how much this would resonate in the lockdown life of a global pandemic. On the other hand, it also feels similar because of the way so many of us have been brought together, and that, for the most part, it’s kindness and solidarity that is getting us through.

So I hope you enjoy the story of Hester, who never gives up on her own dreams, while helping the nurses and volunteers nursing the survivors of the battlefield back to health again. I love that Hester remains doggedly positive, whatever life might throw at her. I’m holding onto that too.

The UK edition is available HERE

The US edition is available HERE

To celebrate publication day, here is the recipe from the book for the most delicious apple cake. Simple but tasty – and the very thing to cheer up life in lockdown.

Jan’s Scrumptious Apple Cake (the inspiration for Hester’s mum’s best apple cake)

250 g butter

225 g caster sugar

3 eggs

Half cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

260 g sifted self-raising flour

2 lemons

 

For decoration:

Two or three eating apples (coxes or russet are best) unpeeled

One lemon

Sugar and water for lemon syrup

 

Preheat oven to 180c/ 350f/gas mark 4. Grease and line a 23cm/ 9inch springform tin.

 

Combine butter and sugar until pale and creamy. Slowly add the eggs, milk and vanilla extract. Fold in the flour and the grated rind of two lemons. Spoon batter into the tin. Slice the apples and arrange until the top of the cake is completely covered. Bake in the middle of the oven for one hour (or until a skewer comes out clean).

Meanwhile, cut thin strips of lemon rind and boil in water and sugar until crystallised. Roll into curls. As the cake cools, make holes with a skewer and pour in the sugar syrup. Decorate the cake with the crystallised lemon peel.

Serve warm or cold, with a generous dollop of clotted cream

 

And the sea is St Ives in Cornwall, where The Ferryman’s Daughter is set. This was a wild and windy day a couple of years ago. I was planning to go back this summer – maybe next year!

Today I’m delighted to welcome Jan Baynham to the blog. Jan has always been wonderfully supportive of authors, so It’s a real pleasure to see her debut novel Her Mother’s Secret ,published just a few weeks ago by Ruby Fiction. I asked Jan, who has spent many holidays in Greece, where Her Mother’s Secret is set, how she was coping in lockdown in the UK.

 

 

Coping with lockdown in Wales

These are very strange and unprecedented times, an expression that’s almost a cliché now. Although, as a writer used to working at home, adjusting to the isolation hasn’t been as hard for me as maybe it has been for others, the forced lockdown has taken choice away. We miss the visits from our two little grandchildren who live closest to us and this was the first time our older grandsons who live in Manchester, couldn’t spend Easter with us. With my husband, I have taken advantage of the permitted daily walk, enjoying the spring sunshine.

The peace of the countryside has been noticeable and with all the trees and hedgerows bursting with new growth, nature herself has given us hope. Through virtual Pilates sessions, writers’ group meetings and family gatherings I’ve kept in touch with the outside world. I’ve found I can’t concentrate on writing for very long and with the build up to the publication of my first novel on April 21st, I have been very grateful to kind members of the writing community who have offered me guest appearances or interviews on their blogs. Writing articles or answering questions has given me a focus.

 

At first, I was reluctant to promote my novel on social media for fear of being insensitive to the horror of what was happening in the world. However, after ‘talking’ with other writers, I’ve decided to post photos and little snippets of the story in the week leading up to publication day in the hope it may help readers to escape to a place we can return to once this is all over. I do hope so. Choosing photographs from past holidays in Greece has definitely been therapeutic. Stay safe, everyone.

 

Her Mother’s Secret

It’s 1969 and free-spirited artist Elin Morgan has left Wales for a sun-drenched Greek island. As she makes new friends and enjoys the laidback lifestyle, she writes all about it in her diary. But Elin’s carefree summer of love doesn’t last long, and her island experience ultimately leaves her with a shocking secret …
Twenty-two years later, Elin’s daughter Alexandra has inherited the diary and is reeling from its revelations. The discovery compels Alexandra to make her own journey to the same island, following in her mother’s footsteps. Once there, she sets about uncovering what really happened to Elin in that summer of ’69.

 

UK edition HERE

US edition HERE

 

 

I’d like to welcome best selling author Leah Fleming, whose latest novel A Wedding in the Olive Garden, published by Head of Zeus, is out in ebook today, with physical copies out in August. Be prepared to be swept away by this uplifting novel of love, friendship and new beginnings, set on a gorgeous Greek Island in the sun. Perfect for an escape from lockdown!

Leah lives in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, but is currently being shielded, so gives a real insight of what it’s like for those who are not only living with the restrictions of lockdown, but living behind the shield.

Happy Publication day, Leah!

 

Leah, living behind ‘the shield’

Some say authors are well suited to lockdown discipline. We work in isolation, behind closed doors beavering away at our work in progress. If you are by nature an introvert, all the better but I am not. I join writer’s groups, belong in village affairs, love entertaining with a large family to visit and host.

However as one of the older vulnerable with a rubbish immune system (due to ongoing and never- ending chemotherapy) the thought of being holed up indoors for months on end fills me with dread.

On the plus side, I live with my husband in the country with a big garden, great views and a supportive village and family so I can’t grumble. I have a profession with deadlines to meet and can escape into my creative world each day, a novel to finish and time to garner ideas for another when this one is finished.

It’s the not so little things that I am finding hard at the moment; losing the support system I’ve built over years of cancer treatments. I miss face to face discussions with my consultant, relaxation sessions with my reflexologist and good chiropody. Now my hair is shedding due to the side effects of a stronger drug, no chance of hair therapy.

I do try not to slop around in old clothes but dress as if someone is coming to call. I keep to normal working hours in my shed or office. We eat as healthily as we can. I do cheat each day and either go in the car to walk in the open hills or stroll with the dog at a safe distance around the village for my daily social fix.

I have chosen a comfort book to re-read: Olivia Manning’s Balkan Trilogy, a mighty tome to lose myself in. I may not be able to travel but the story takes me across Europe into a period I have always loved and mined for stories. I can zoom into the RNA norther Chapter online meetings, and message friends and family for a catch up. My daughter and grandkids leave shopping at our door.

 A WEDDING IN THE OLIVE GARDEN, out this month online, is a compromise as the paperback is delayed until August, so talks or launches are off but I couldn’t attend anyway.

I have to confess the outdoors is looking tidy and planted out. Indoors is another matter for “my lady what does “no longer can do so housework here is down to basic hygiene in bathrooms and kitchen, etc. On old friend once said “dust is dust, don’t move it and no one will know how many layers lie beneath.” I have shut off every room not in use so that helps.

I am living for that glorious morn when I can fling open the door to all, nip into town to browse and perhaps have a pile of future bestsellers to email to my agent… plus a perfect garden and pristine cupboards. Until then, I can always dream.

Leah.

A Wedding in the Olive Garden

Sara Loveday flees home and crisis to the beautiful island of Santaniki. Here, amid olive groves and whitewashed stone villas, where dark cypress trees step down to a cobalt blue sea, Sara vows to change her life. Spotting a gap in the local tourist market, she sets up a wedding plan business, specialising in ‘second time around’ couples.

For her first big wedding, she borrows the olive garden of a local artists’ retreat, but almost at once things begin to go wrong. To make matters worse, a stranger from Sara’s past arrives on the island, spreading vicious lies. Can her business survive? And what will happen with the gorgeous new man who she’s begun to love?

This is a gorgeous, warm-hearted and uplifting novel conjuring the local colour, traditions and close bonds of island life.

You can buy the book:

Amazon UK HERE

Amazon US HERE

The copies of The Ferryman’s Daughter have arrived!

The paperback is safely in my hands, and the book is also up on NetGalley

as well as for pre-order on Amazon ready for publication day on May 14th.

It’s well and truly out there!

It’s always and exciting moment, the day your book finally becomes real and there it is, sitting in your hand about to go out into the world and have a life of its own. Receiving a box of boxes in the middle of lockdown was quite surreal. Having my feet photographed instead of signing was a first, and then there was the business of opening it, with much handwashing and hand santiser before I could finally get a glimpse of the beautiful cover.

My lovely editor at Orion had sent me a photograph, so I knew the colours were stunning, but they still took my breath away when I was finally able to liberate a copy from the packaging (with the help of Miss Phoebe, who was under the impression that something so exciting could only be gravy bones, of course).

And since then I’ve been looking at it and taking it everywhere with me – even on the day’s dog walk!

It’s an amazing feeling. I still can’t quite believe it’s actually real! I’m a little sad that I won’t be having the planned party in my garden (which is currently in full bloom and just waiting for a celebration), but I know that will come later.

Meanwhile, I feel incredibly lucky for The Ferryman’s Daughter to have made it out into the world at all. When I was writing the story, I had no idea that Hester’s determination to dust herself down, pick herself up and keep on going, even in the face of panic buying of flour and sugar (no toilet paper at the time of World War One!) threatening to destroy her fledgling business would so soon be reflected in our own world. It made me root for her even more.

So here’s to publication day. I can’t wait to introduce Hester to the world – not to mention her delicious recipes, designed to rebuild the strength of recuperating soldiers and help those she loves to keep up their spirits in a world abruptly changed. Go, Hester!

 

Review copies of The Ferryman’s Daughter are available from NetGalley HERE

It can be pre-ordered from Amazon UK Here  and Amazon US HERE

 

 

Choco-Vanilla Birthday Cake

Guaranteed to chase those social isolating blues away!

Thank you to Ellie, who recently celebrated her 15th birthday under lockdown, for the recipe. And for the photos of this cake, as made for the birthday of her mum, Valerie-Anne Baglietto  

(Ellie made the gluten-free version for her mum, but it’s just as good with ordinary flour)

Lockdown birthday cake!

This is a simple basic recipe, easy for a beginner to follow, or a child (with appropriate adult supervision!)

Ellie and her mum

You will need:

  • 9 inch round cake tin (1 tin, or 2 if you have a second identical tin)
  • Cake board or large flat plate
  • Baking paper
  • Wooden spoon
  • Whisk
  • Mixing bowl
  • Saucepan
  • Metal spoon/offset spatula

 

Ingredients :

The sponge:

  • 225g of unsalted butter
  • 225g of caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp of vanilla essence
  • 225g of gluten-free self-raising flour (or normal self-raising flour, if you wish)

 

The icing:

  • 225g of unsalted butter
  • 6 tbsp of golden syrup
  • 60g cocoa powder
  • 115g of icing sugar

Method:

For the batter:

  1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. Grease the cake tin and line with baking paper at the bottom.
  3. Cream the butter and sugar together with a wooden spoon, until light and fluffy.
  4. Whisk in the eggs, one by one, then whisk in the vanilla.
  5. Next fold the flour, bit by bit, into the mixture with a wooden spoon. Stir until all the flour has disappeared into the cake batter.
  6. Bake half the mixture for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown, and let cool for 20 minutes. Bake the other half of the batter and let it cool. (Unless you have two identical cake tins, in which case you can cook both at once.)

 

For the icing:

  1. Put the butter, golden syrup and cocoa powder into a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Stir until the butter is melted and it is all mixed together.
  3. Take it off the heat and let cool for 20 minutes.
  4. Once it is cool, whisk in the icing sugar until it is all incorporated.

 

Decorating:

  1. Place one of the sponges on a cake board or flat plate.
  2. Put half the icing on top and smooth it down with a metal spoon or offset spatula.
  3. Then, place the other sponge on top and gently press down until it is securely in position.
  4. Put the other half of the icing on top and smooth it out. It doesn’t have to be perfect, you can make swirly patterns if you wish.
  5. Now you can decorate the cake with sprinkles or chocolate flakes, or however you want! And don’t forget the candles!

Today, I’m delighted to welcome Mollie Walton, and her alter ego Becca Mascull, to the blog to talk about her work and how she is surviving lockdown. Mollie’s second book in her gripping Ironbridge series is published on April 30th. Congratulations Mollie, and take it away, Becca!

 

 

I’m Becca and I’m surviving lockdown.

Of course I am. I’m not an NHS frontline worker or any other kind of key worker who are essential to the running of the world. So, I can do my bit and stay at home. But it is weird being mostly stuck inside the home for weeks on end, isn’t it? There are good days and bad days, right? Some days I get loads of work done, I exercise, I cook great meals and have some fun leisure time with my daughter and yes, I feel like I’m smashing this lockdown thing. Other days I feel like I barely want to get out of bed or engage with anyone or anything.

I’ve never been a person to say I’m bored, because there are always books and TV and movies and music and people to talk to. But some days, I feel so low, I can’t get joy from a thing. I know I’m not alone though. If I’m truly honest, the main thing that’s kept me going through this is Facebook. I share a lot of edgy memes with a twisted humour every day; they make me laugh and I know others enjoy them, as they tell me so often! I’ve also been playing the piano a lot and sharing these pieces in daily mini concerts on Facebook too. I’ve had people tell me that the soothing piano music has helped with their anxiety, but even one lady said it calmed down her nervous dog! That’s a win-win for me.

But in lockdown, the most difficult thing I’ve found is that my brain isn’t always working as I want it to. I’ve spoken to many other writers about this phenomenon and almost all have agreed: our creative brains are not braining. I’m not sure the precise reason for this, but it’s something to do with the general anxiety and malaise that surrounds us in this worldwide.

So, instead of fighting it, I’ve decided to go with it. Instead of forcing myself to try to write my current book (deadline July!), I’ve spent my time instead doing further, deeper historical research and I’ve found some wonderful stuff, about pit bank girls, strawberry picking, coal mining accidents, Londonhotels in 1875, how to wear a bustle etc etc.

My brain can cope with research. I’ve now finished that and I’m hoping my brain will play ball next week when I continue with drafting chapters. Wish me luck…

 

Becca at her piano – prepare to be calmed!

The Secrets of Ironbridge

 

A dramatic and heartwarming Victorian saga, perfect for fans of Maggie Hope and Anne Bennett.

1850s Shropshire.

Returning to her mother’s birthplace at the age of eighteen, Beatrice Ashford encounters a complex family she barely knows. Her great-grandmother Queenie adores her, but the privileged social position of Beatrice’s family as masters of the local brickworks begins to make her uncomfortable.

And then she meets Owen Malone: handsome, different, refreshing – and from a class beneath her own. They fall for each other fast, but an old family feud and growing industrial unrest threatens to drive them apart.

Can they overcome their different backgrounds? And can Beatrice make amends for her family’s past?

 

You can buy the paperback:

UK edition HERE

US edition HERE

Today, I’m delighted to welcome the author of the popular Pennington’s series, Rachel Brimble. The Pennington stories, with their strong heroines making their way in a world in which women were generally expected to stay at home, are a perfect escape from the current restrictions – and who can resist the drama of the Titanic?

Welcome to the blog, Rachel!

A Shop Girl At Sea and The Titanic

 

Thank you so much for having me here today, Juliet!

For as long as I can remember I have been fascinated with stories of the Titanic sinking and the fates of those who lost their lives and those who survived.

Once I started on my journey to publication, I vowed that one day I would write a book featuring the Titanic and—fourteen years and twenty three books—later, I’ve finally upheld that vow with A Shop Girl At Sea!

This book is the fourth instalment in my popular Pennington’s department store series (all books can be read as stand alone stories) and it was while I was writing book 3 (A Shop Girl’s Christmas) that I discovered the heroine who was destined to head to New York on the fated ship.

Amelia Wakefield is Pennington’s head window dresser and she is sent by the store’s owner, Elizabeth Pennington to America to see what the department stores there are doing and how Bath’s finest store can compete. Perfect! I had my reason and my main character… now I needed to find Amelia’s love interest.

My first problem was finding a way of placing the hero in the romance on the ship, but also have him survive so that he and Amelia might find their happily ever after. As we know, it was women and children first when the Titanic started to sink and many of the men who survived were badgered and villainised for having escaped.

Eventually I found Samuel Murphy, a seaman and dock worker who is seeking his own destiny by heading to America in a bid to escape the constraining responsibilities of his family life. Once aboard, he and Amelia meet, and their journeys become intertwined. When disaster strikes and the Titanic hits the iceberg, Samuel is ordered to row one of the lifeboats and this is how he and Amelia manage to survive.

About a third of this Pennington’s story takes part on the fated ship and the rest in the store with a second strand of the story safe and away from danger in England.

This is probably my favourite Pennington’s book so far because I managed to achieve so many of my writing goals within its pages. Readers and reviewers have been so fabulously generous with their 4 and 5 stars reviews, I honestly couldn’t be happier!

Happy Reading…

Rachel x

 

A Shop Girl at Sea

 

Bath, 1912.

Amelia Wakefield loves working at Pennington’s, Bath’s finest department store. An escape from her traumatic past, it saved her life. So when Miss Pennington sets her a task to set sail on the Titanic and study the department stores of New York, she couldn’t be more excited – or determined!

Frustrated with his life at home, Samuel Murphy longs for a few weeks of freedom and adventure. Meeting Amelia on board the Titanic, Samuel can’t help wonder what painful history has made the beauty so reserved. But he already has too many responsibilities for love.

Ruby Taylor has always kept her Pennington co-workers at a distance. Making sure her little brother is safe has always been her priority. But when that means accepting Victoria Lark’s offer of sanctuary, more than one of Ruby’s secrets is under threat of being revealed…

A riveting and uplifting saga, perfect for fans of Elaine Everest and Fiona Ford.

Click below for purchasing links.

Amazon UK: HERE

Amazon US: Here

Kobo: HERE

Barnes & Noble HERE

 

Rachel Brimble

 

Rachel lives with her husband and their two daughters in a small town near Bath, England. She is the author of over 20 published novels including the Pennington’s department store series (Aria Fiction) and the Templeton Cove Stories (Harlequin).

Her next project is a Victorian trilogy set in a Bath brothel which she recently signed with Aria Fiction. The series will feature three heroines determined to change their lives and those of other women. The first book is due for release in Autumn 2020.

Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and has thousands of social media followers all over the world.

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Grandmère’s Chocolate Cake

For my series of serious comfort food, the kind Hester would love to cook to help her customers through troubled times, thank you Sophie Claire for this stunningly and deliciously comforting family recipe!

 

Sophie says:

In the new edition of A FORGET-ME-NOT SUMMER I’ve included a collection of all the recipes mentioned in the story. From Ratatouille to Navarin of Lamb, most of them are recipes handed down to me from my French Grandmère who was an excellent cook, and I always think of her when I make them – especially this chocolate cake, because the tin I bake it in was originally hers.

This is such a special recipe to me. It’s been handed down through my mother’s side of the family and it’s the cake Grandmère always used to make for us when there was a birthday or other celebration. I’ve never tasted another chocolate cake quite like it (believe me, I’ve tried many). Whatever you do, don’t overcook it. Five minutes too long in the oven and the middle will dry out. Like American brownies, you want the centre to be sticky and squidgy and a little sunken. It will glue your mouth closed and taste heavenly.

200g dark chocolate (not too bitter – I use Bournville)

100g butter

5 eggs, separated

200g sugar

100g plain flour

Icing sugar, to dust

 

Preheat the oven to 170°C. Grease and line the base of a 20-cm round cake tin. Gently melt the chocolate and butter. Remove from the heat and add the egg yolks, sugar and flour. Whisk the egg whites until stiff. With a metal spoon, gently fold the beaten egg whites into the chocolate mixture. Pour the batter into the tin. Bake for 30‒35 minutes.

When cool, dust with icing sugar.

 

If you fancy a lovely escape to sunny France, along with more French recipes, the kindle edition of Sophie’s book is currently on offer.

You can get a copy for 99p HERE

Or for $1.22 HERE

A FORGET-ME-NOT SUMMER

Small-town florist Natasha is determined to leave the past far behind her. But when she learns her ex-husband never told his family about their divorce – and that he needs her to accompany him on a trip to the French countryside – could love bloom again between them?

 

Welcome to Authors in Lockdown, my series asking authors how they are coping with the current restrictions and how they are keeping creativity alive. Today, I’m delighted to welcome popular contemporary novelist, Minna Howard, who writes for Aria, and shares her experience of lockdown in London.

Don’t all writers long to be in lockdown? We never have enough time to write with family, outside jobs, pets, bad weather, housework, love life, husbands, etc.

Well now we do have time, unlimited time stretching ahead for goodness knows how long.

I have just sent in my last book, a Christmas novel, so while waiting for the edits to come back, I am rewriting a novel that didn’t quite work which I put away to think about. I now see I wrote it from the wrong angle.

Having this extra time, I decided to read a classic novel, as well as lots of contemporary ones. I love the intimate way Trollope writes as if he is there telling you the story. I am reading The Little House at Allington, which I haven’t read for some time.

I live in London with a tiny garden and am trying to grow flowers from seeds. They shoot up in my warm kitchen and then most are either eaten by woodlice or die of sudden cold when planted out. I have just found a garden centre online which delivers plants. I shall order some so I will have flowers after all. It’s sad that garden centres can’t open and so many plants will have to be destroyed.

My daughter has been making bread and homemade pasta which I’ve been eating so I try to walk most days. I live near the Thames which is beautiful in all lights, though it’s best to go early otherwise you are dodging runners (often overweight people puffing over everyone, some looking as if they  might drop dead at your feet) or cyclists whizzing past you as if they are in a race and will mow you down given half a chance.

I put bird food out and attract all sorts, from green parrots, a woodpecker, black birds, tits and sparrows, though we have two tiresome squirrels who climb up the pole, eat though the wire on some of the feeders and grab the food.

We’ll get through this somehow and although I don’t wish this terrifying illness on anyone, I’m quite enjoying being at home and having this extra time.

 

A Mother’s Secret

Verity seems to have it all. A beautiful home, two grown-up sons and a husband who has always been her rock. But one day, the doorbell rings. And it changes Verity’s life forever.

Saskia has nowhere else to go. Before she died, her mother left her with her father’s name and nothing else. The only way for Saskia to take care of herself – and her unborn baby – is to find the father she never knew. And the family that didn’t know she existed. 

This family secret means the end of everything they’ve ever known. But could it also be the chance for a new beginning?

You can buy the UK edition HERE

You can buy the USA edition HERE

Hester’s Comfort Food Corner

Perfectly delicious Poppy Seed Cake

(from a First World War recipe)

 

Hester, the heroine of The Ferryman’s Daughter, is a passionate cook, whose fledgling cake-making business is put in jeopardy by the panic buying and hording of sugar (no toilet paper in those days!) at the start of WW1. Instead, she spends the war cooking the best comfort food she can manage with limited ingredients for recuperating wounded soldiers and the volunteer nurses looking after them – many of them well-brought up young ladies faced with the shock of their lives in a world changed forever.

So, welcome to Hester’s Comfort Food Corner. Some are traditional recipes I came across in my research, others are simply favourites. The idea is that they are fun, easy to make – and above all comforting! And since sugar and flour are once again available in our modern changed world, I think it’s safe to dispense with exact historical accuracy (including the delights of potato flour) in exchange for good, solid, old-fashioned comfort …

 

To start off, it has to be my WW1 seed cake, my comfort cake for all occasions, including celebrations. It’s the one I’ll bake when I can finally hold a physical book launch for Hester and The Ferryman’s Daughter. It’s easy to make, fail-safe, and simply delicious!

 

WW1 Poppy Seed Cake

 (This is a scaled down version of the original, which, in true Edwardian fashion, demanded ten eggs. There are also modern oven settings, instead of the instructions to let the fierceness of the oven be over before putting the cake in to prevent scorching – unless anyone has an old-fashioned range handy, that is).

Ingredients

8 oz         227g         Butter

8 oz         227g         Sugar

2 ozs        57g          Caraway or poppy seeds

8 oz         227g         Self raising flour

2oz           57g          Candied peel

Rind and juice of one orange

Rind and juice of one lemon

3 eggs

Small cake tin (mine is 7″/18cm, which works really well)

 

Method:

Cream butter and sugar, add eggs one at a time with flour alternately, then add rind and juice of one orange, and the rind of one lemon, caraway/poppy seeds, and candied peel.

Cook at 170C Gas Mark 3 for forty-five minutes then down to 150C Gas Mark 2, and finally 140C Gas Mark 1 till cooked. (I find it usually takes just under an hour in total)

While still warm, pierce the cake with a skewer and drizzle in the juice of the lemon.

The original would probably have been served as it was, but I’ve found it goes really well with lemon butter icing with a few drops of vanilla added, for a really luxurious treat (edible butterflies optional!).

The fancy version …