The only part of this recipe that I’m unsure of is the packet of hearty beef soup. It does say you can substitute a can of condensed hearty beef soup, but I’m not sure that beef stock and extra vegetables, carrots or celery, mightn’t be a better way to go.
I’ve posted recipes for lots of different fruit cakes since I started this blog, but have just realized that a Pumpkin Fruit Cake recipe is missing from the collection. Mum and I have both made the pumpkin version over the years, we didn’t use wholemeal flour, but either way the pumpkin is a nice touch to the traditional cake.
To be honest I can’t decide if this recipe would taste great or not. The pork mince, bacon, egg, pine nut filling sounds good, but the pumpkin and potato topping could make it stodgy. Mum must have thought it sounded alright or she wouldn’t have kept it, if you try it out let me know how it goes.
This is a bit more modern curry recipe than Mum originally made. Mum made curries using just curry powder and nothing as fancy as red lentils and coriander, but I think this recipe appealed to her as it had pumpkin and cauliflower in it, vegetables she really liked.
Mum made lots of different types of fruit cakes, loaves and slices and adding pumpkin to the mix wasn’t that unusual. The only unusual ingredient in this recipe is the apricot nectar, not something that you’d normally put in a fruit cake and not something you’d usually have in your cupboard. If you wanted to you could easily substitute it with fruit juice or water.