Summer fruitcake and a ladies’ dog



When Bossy wrote about my last visit to the vet, it wasn’t very complimentary, so, in the interests of accuracy, I’m doing this one. I behaved beautifully in the car, even though I have never understood why they insist on putting me in the boot. I didn’t even bark or throw myself against the car windows when I saw other animals. When we arrived, I amused myself by playing on the scales. If you stand on them with two legs instead of four you lose weight and if you get on and off enough times you send the electronics doolally and they stop working altogether *very naughty chortle*. Then a bitch arrived and things went downhill. I think it was love at first sight for her because, after just one look at me, she started straining on her lead so much that her owner became quite red in the face and started saying words that I’d never heard before. Although she wasn’t really my sort, I reciprocated by howling like a wolf – a very very loud wolf – to be polite. She obviously saw this as a come-on because she became quite hysterical – so much so that she scared me a bit and I had to hide behind Bossy and Noisy’s chairs. The vet lady came out of her office and told us both off, although it was quite obviously the bitch’s fault and not mine. She was sent off to wait in her car in the end. I think I might have to stop going to see the vet because it’s very tricky and really rather tiring being so irresistible to lady dogs, especially in public places.


Ingredients (serves 8)

400g soft fruit, stoned and cut into cubes (I used apricots, plums and blackberries)

2 tablespoons of honey

100g ground almonds

80g spelt flour

50g buckwheat flour

6 cardamon pods, crushed keeping the seeds

1 teaspoon garam masala

1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

80g soft brown sugar

3 eggs

100ml olive oil

150ml plain yoghurt

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Add the fruit and honey to a saucepan and gently heat until softened. Mix the ground almonds, flours, spices, bicarbonate of soda and spices in a bowl and set aside. Whisk the sugar and eggs together until well combined and then add the olive oil and yoghurt. Add the flour mixture to the wet mixture and then stir in the fruit. Pour the mixture into a buttered medium-sized cake tin and bake for 40 minutes or until a fork comes out clean.

6 responses to “Summer fruitcake and a ladies’ dog

  1. Tempting recipe…hilarious story…I have a dog…I guess he must be thinking like wise ..:-)

  2. Ha, Hugo you are irresistible, it’s a fact you are going to have to live with and cannot shy away from public places because you drive the ladies wild. They will just have to contain themselves. You do sound like the perfect gentleman.
    Love the cake I love your choice of fruit and would use exactly the same combination. Some gently sweetened whipped cream, a cup of coffee or tea and I think I would be in heaven.

    • Thank you for your kind words and please give my love to the pugs. I suppose you’re right – the ladies are going to have to learn to live with the fact that I’m irresistible but a confirmed bachelor. Love from Hugo

  3. I love fruit in cake – the way those blackberries bleed into the crumb….. ooh

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