Sepia Saturday, Log Fires and
Old-Fashioned Granny Loaf (Egg-Free and Fat-Free) Recipe
This week’s Sepia Saturday is all about National Baking Week, which runs from the 15th to the 21st Oct0ber in the UK; this year’s campaign, 2012, is synonymous with Britishness: Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, first British Wimbledon finalist for 76 years, London Olympics. That’s why this year’s National Baking Week is encouraging Britain to get baking: bake with your children, bake with your friends, bake with your colleagues – whoever it may be, just get your pinny on and start experimenting……which I have been doing when I rediscovered this old recipe from the 1930’s, Old-Fashioned Granny Loaf (Egg-Free and Fat-Free), although the original recipe is just called Granny Loaf.
The main thrust of National Baking Week, is the opportunity for bake sales in order to raise money for the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. The money raise through National Baking Week bake sales will help enable Great Ormond Street Hospital to provide world-class care for its young patients and their families and to fund pioneer new treatments and research for childhood illness by:
- Contributing to the rebuilding and refurbishment of the hospital
- Funding the most up-to-date equipment
- Supporting research into, and development of, breakthrough treatments
- Providing accommodation and other support services for children and their families
Great Ormond Street Hospital is one of the top five paediatric research hospitals in the world, treating children with complex and life-threatening conditions who are referred to them nationally. They manage over 192,000 patient visits every year with over 60% of those being classed as intensive care cases in other hospitals. They are often their last hope……
……unfortunately I didn’t have time to set up a bake sale this year, but I did make a small donation and I DID bake with my daughter this week, who is staying with us this week for a break from work. And what better day to share my bake than today, Sepia Saturday; especially as my cake recipe is from a very old copy of a Be-Ro cookbook that my grandmother used to use, as does my mum……and my daughter too; it’s a well-loved and well-used family cookbook. The recipe for Granny Loaf is featured in the 24th million edition Be-Ro cookbook, as was my recipe from last week too - Rich Jam and Coconut Cake Recipe.
And the log fires? Well, have you noticed a definite nip in the air recently? I have, and along with comforting stews and casseroles, the log fire has been lit on several occasions now; the last time it was lit, we all sat around it, with a pot of tea on the side table, toasting slices of Old-Fashioned Granny Loaf and then liberally lathering them with butter……isn’t that what autumn is all about? I will now be hunting for the toasting fork, so doorsteps of home-made bread can be toasted with ease, as we all toast our feet, after a long session cleaning the hen hut! It will soon be time to rake up the leaves and make a bonfire too…..and I must also start thinking about baking for the festive period…….that’s it for today however, I am off to prepare a family supper, see you all later, and have a wonderful weekend, Karen.
An amazingly tasty fruit loaf, that was popular during WW2 due to the fact that it is fat-free, egg-free and only uses a scant amount of sugar and mixed fruit, which were rationed or hard to source. This fruit loaf may appear frugal, but it’s packed with flavour and is wonderful when served warm with butter (during non war-time days!), or when toasted the next day. I add mixed spice to the loaf, but the original recipe does not list mixed spice or the demerara sugar for sprinkling on top. Freezes well. This recipe has been adapted from the 24th million edition of the Be-Ro cookbook.
If you want to get into the Autumn spirit, please pop over to Garlic and Sapphire, Sarah Raven’s Blog, where my latest article is live……Autumn in Still Life: Bringing the Autumn Garden into your Home. And, please DO leave a comment! Karen