|Classic Christmas Fruit Cake|
With the Christmas festivities just around the corner (to be precise in 2 days time), I must be honest, I haven't done much really in the baking department. I was planning to bake Christmas fruit cake back in October but my procrastination takes the better of me. Two weeks ago I was grocery shopping and noticed on the shelf they stock ''Christmas fruit cake ingredients in a bag'' for 3 quid only. The instructions on the bag seems easy to follow, so without hesitation I bought one. What an excellent deal!
So my quest for baking perfect Christmas fruit cake begin..... so what's in the bag :
- 2 kgs of mix dried fruits[sultanas, raisins, candied orange peel, glaced cherries etc] pre-soaked in brandy (luxurious)
- 275 g brown sugar
- 225 g plain flour
- 1 tsp mixed spice
- 50g chopped almonds
- 1 tbsp black treacle
- 1 sheet of marzipan (which I discard)
- 200 icing sugar (which I discard)
- 1 tbsp of apricot jam (which I discard)
This classic cake can easily be stored up to 4 months...
- Pre-heat the oven to 120C (fan assisted). Prepare a 18cm round baking tin. Cut out double layer of parchment paper to line the base and side of the tin. Also cut out a double layer as cover for the top.
- In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar until creamy.
- Then beat the 4 eggs lightly and pour the eggs slowly and continue to mix. Do not pour the egg all at once to prevent curdling of the mixture. If this happen, just dust the mixture with some flour and continue to mix.
- Then add lemon zest, orange zest, black treacle, mixed spice, chopped almond and dried fruit. Carefully fold in. Mixed well.
- Then fold in the flour and mix. Pour into the baking tin and level carefully. Cover the top with parchment paper.
- Bake the cake for 4 - 4.5 hours on the lowest shelf.
- After 4-4.5hours, remove cake from oven and let it cool in the tin for an hour.
- Once cool, use a skewer/little knife to prick the cake, feed brandy into the cake.
- Use new parchment paper to wrap the cake and a tin foil to wrap in and store in air tight cake tin.
|Ready to go into the oven|
|Luxurious fruit cake|