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My Auntie Gertie's Plum Bread

Started by Jenny, August 24, 2004, 06:15:33 AM

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Jenny

August 24, 2004, 06:15:33 AM Last Edit: August 24, 2004, 06:17:49 AM by Jenny
Plum Bread.  Gertie Lancaster.  Lincolnshire. England.

4 breakfastcupfuls S.R. Flour.
1 cup sugar.
1/2 lb mixed fruit.
2eggs.
2 tablespoonfuls Treacle.
1/2 lb marg.(block marg)
1 tablespoonful marmalade.
nutmeg.
milk to mix.


Rub marg into flour, add sugar and fruit, mix in eggs, treacle and marmalade. mix with milk until fairly soft.
Bake for 1 and 1/2 to 2 hours.

This is a delicous recipe but very old so some improvisations will be necessary.  I have a gas cooker and use regulo 3.

Auntie Gertie had only an old kitchen range in her tied cottage. Similar to an Aga

My Nanna and I used to make this but her cooker was the old town gas.  Pre Natural North sea gas.

Etta Sue

Jenny ~ This sounds great but I seem to notice a difference between English recipes and American recipes. 

Treacle was a word I wasn't familiar with.  I think someone else used that word.  But I looked it up in my dictionary and discovered it to be molasses.  Now molasses I know!!!

breakfastcupfuls?  Is that more or less than a cup?  Jerry has a coffee cup that is huge.  I have some that are about 6 ounces.  Which? 

S.R. flour....?  Self-rising flour, right?

Bake for 1 1/2 to 2 hours?  That has to be on a very low heat.  I have an electric oven that is in degrees from 150 decrees to broil--500 degrees plus.  Is regulo 3 a temperature setting? 

I know.....I will just pop over across the pond and you can fix this Plum Bread while I watch!!!!!!!




Jenny

 ;D ;D

this was my Gt.  auntie's recipe and yes you are right that large cup of Jerry's  will do fine. I would gauge 12 oz of flour to these amounts. 8oz marg. Treacle was of the dark variety..not a wishy washy syrup.

Note this should be a nice soft mixture.

Reg 3 is a low gas setting which I use now.

A moderate oven setting will do fine Etta Sue. If I remember when I used an electric oven years ago the setting I used was 200 deg.(as for rice puds)

I found my Nanna's recipe book the other day.  She wrote lots of nice Lincolnshire farmhouse recipes in  it.  She was a good gentleman farmer's daughter.  Ah those were the days.  I wonder where the money went? ha ha.  ;)

I will get some black treacle next time IO shop and make some more plum loaves and I must find the Parkin recipe.  I used to make that a lot when the children were smaller...I have been reading the other recipes and makes me feel hungry.

Breakfast cups were huge.  It was before we had mugs.  Afternoon tea was your china cups and saucers etc., and Nanna actually kept 'afternoon tea' at 4 p.m. Supper was at 8p.m...and that after we'd eaten a huge 3 course meal at Midday. I think I would have fitted in  well with Jane Austen's set. ;)

Don'forget your flippers when  you pop over the pond.....quack, quack!

Etta Sue

This does sound very good, Jenny!  I don't believe I have eaten anything plum other than plums right from the tree and plum jam that my Grandmother used to make.  She had several kinds of fruit trees in her yard and used them all.