Award-winning artisan baker Ursula Evans follows Morris’s fruitcake recipe almost to the letter, soaking the vine fruits in brandy, baking slowly in her AGA. ‘The luxury glace fruits used in the original William Morris fruitcake mixture are used as a topping now’, she says, ‘but otherwise, these are the cakes that the Morris family enjoyed for tea in the 1880s.’
You may think it’s a little early to begin planning for Christmas, but you need to order soon to guarantee it arrives in time! Each order supports the future care and development of Kelmscott Manor, Morris’s ‘heaven on earth’. To enjoy a William Morris fruitcake with family and friends this Christmas, please place your order no later than 16 November via the My Cottage Kitchen website.
I got news of this from the Society of Antiquaries, who look after Kelmscott, and of which I’m a Fellow. The offer is open to all. We’ll certainly be diving in!