I bought 'The National Trust Book of tea-time recipes' , an old red 'Mrs Beeton's Cookery Book', 'Good Housekeeping's Picture Recipe Book  and 'The Baking Book'  by Linda Collister and Anthony Blake. I like Linda Collister's recipes - she wrote the book that went with last year's 'Great British Bake Off'.
I decided today that I want to make some more British cakes, so decided on a 'Kentish Hop Pickers' Cake' from the National Trust book.
I lived in Kent for many years and visited hop farms. This is a lovely photo from an old calendar I had many years ago.
I've adapted the recipe to suit our likes in spices and dried fruit.
275g sr flour
1 tspn ginger
1 tspn cinnamon
175g soft margarine or butter
100g soft brown sugar
100g mixed fruit with peel
1 tbspn black treacle
1/2 tspn bicarbonate of soda
1 tspn cream of tartar
Preheat oven 160C/325F/gas 3
Grease a 900g loaf tin
Mix the flour and spices together then rub in the fat.
Add the sugar and the dried fruits and mix.
Warm the milk and the treacle and add to the flour mixture a bit at a time.
Beat this well, then pour it into the tin.
Bake for 1-11/4 hours.
The cake was the texture of my Granny's 'Bread pudding'. All the fruit was at the bottom in a layer. It was a very runny mixture when I put it in the tin. Maybe it's meant to be more of a pudding than a cake? Perhaps it needed more cooking? There are no photos in the book, so I can't tell how it's meant to look!