As well as using up out-of-date tins on our camping trips, I’ve been taking my out-of-date ‘rewards’ for helping at the food bank home each week and turning them into a snack for the food bank volunteers coffee break the following week.
I’ve made a Christmas-cake style fruit cake with out-of-date tinned pineapple, hungarian peach cake, low-fat brownies with out-of-date prunes, chocolate crispy cakes with out-of-date strawberry flavoured rice crispies! None of which would be particularly suited to cooking on a campsite.
One week however I was rewarded with a tin of out-of-date raspberries and I made one of my favourite fire recipes for them & made them guess the mystery ingredient! It was a raspberry & thyme cake.
This particular one was baked in my oven at home, but it works well on the fire. I invented the recipe myself, so I can share it with you here:
Raspberry & Thyme Cake
2 1/2 cups self-raising flour
1/3 cup dried milk powder
pinch of salt
Juice from a 300g tin of raspberries
1/2 teaspoonful dried thyme
Gentle stir the raspberries through the batter.
Put into a lined, greased 1 lb loaf tin.
sprinkle the top with 1-2 tablespoonfuls of chopped mixed nuts.
Cook for about 40 mins or until a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean. (If using a domestic oven, go for something like 170C. If you are using a dutch oven, use a trivet to raise the tin off the bottom of the oven, have fire just licking the bottom and have as much fire as you can on top of the oven.)
If you try it out, let me know how you get on!
And if you donate to your local foodbank, please make sure your donation is well in date, so it can help a hungry person!!