Rich Fruit Cake
This week I paid a planned visit to Harrogate. As usual I called in at Lakeland and managed to get some small cake tins with their 3 for 2 offer. Plus a whole lot more besides. I wanted to make some Fruit Cakes using these robust little tins and found a Christmas cake recipe that was given to me by the tutor of a cake decoration class I attended earlier this year. It was her mum’s recipe. I’ve adapted it a little.
* 1lb Currants
* 8oz Sultanas
* 4oz Raisins
* 2oz Glacé Cherries
* 2oz Cut Mixed Peel
* 1 1/2 oz Ground Almonds
* 1/4 tsp Orange Rind
* 1/4 tsp Lemon Rind
4 Tblsp Brandy
10 oz Self Raising Flour
Pinch of Salt
1 tsp Mixed Spice
8 oz Soft Brown Sugar
1 tbsp Black Treacle
2 x 6 inch round
1 x 6inch Round & 2 x 4 inch round cake tins
6 inch tin = 1 hr 160 c then approx 40 mins at 120 c
4 inch tin = 1 hr 160 c then approx 20 mins at 120c
Place all the ingredients marked with * in a bowl, pour over the Brandy and mix well. Cover and leave overnight.
Mix flour, salt and spice and rub in the butter.
Mix in all the dried fruit. Then add the black Treacle, eggs, sugar and mix well.
Fully line the baking tins with parchment paper.
At the end of the baking times, insert a skewer into the centre of the cake. If the skewer comes out clean then the cake is done. If the skewer still has mixture left on it, continue cooking at the same temperature and test again every 10 mins until the skewer comes out clean.
While the cake is still warm. Pierce the top of the cake and pour a few tablespoons of brandy over the top. This can be repeated at regular weekly/monthly intervals.
This cake should be made 3 months before use. When completely cool, wrap in greaseproof paper, and further wrap in foil. Store in a tin to mature.