Socialising with visitors and friends, and Honey cake recipe

What a fun week we have had. Firstly we have had 2 lots of guests to the B&B and then we have had friends over for Sunday lunch today

It’s great meeting new people, especially nice ones, and having the time to sit and talk, and learn about other people’s lives. How interesting it is to talk about houses, old and new, to talk about areas of the country and the benefits of country living, to compare lives and find the differences and the similarities.  One couple who came to stay were house hunting and the other couple were on a weekend break.  The weather wasn’t always clement, so we sat our guests to warm  and dry out infront of the woodburning stove whilst sipping tea and eating homemade honey cake.

Here is the recipe for honey cake, it’s really simple.

HONEY CAKE RECIPE

Ingredients

  • 170g/6oz clear honey
  • 140g/5oz butter
  • 85g/3oz light muscovado sugar (or I have used golden castor sugar)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 200g/7oz self raising flour, sieved
  • water

Preparation method

1.      Preheat oven to 180C/350F/Gas 3 and butter and line the bottom of a 7in/18cm cake tin.

2.      Measure the honey, butter and sugar into a large pan. Add a tablespoon of water and heat gently until melted.

3.      Remove from the heat and mix in the flour.

4.      When fully mixed, add the beaten eggs and mix well

5.      Spoon into the cake tin and bake for 40-45 minutes until the cake is springy to the touch and shrinking slightly from the sides of the tin.

6.      Cool slightly in the tin before turning out onto a wire rack.

7.      If required you can make icing as follows:

For the icing

8.      While the cake is still warm, make the icing by mixing the sugar and honey together with 2-3 teaspoons of hot water. Trickle over the cake in whatever design takes your fancy.

Then today, after our guests had gone, I started to prepare roast lamb dinner for our friends.  We were five for Sunday lunch.  I like doing roast.  It’s not much more work cooking for 4 or 5 as it is cooking for 2.  I’m not a fancy cook but Sunday roast is a favourite.  Followed of course by homegrown  blackberry and apple crumble – delicious!!

What a social week we have had, and what a pleasure to have a break from all the work that needs to be done.

If you would like to sample our honey cake, visit us at www.lodgehousebandbsomerset.co.uk

 

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