Wishing you all a Very Merry Happy Christmas.
After a lot of deliberation I decide to bake a fruit cake. I love fruit cake and don’t see why it needs to be baked only for Christmas😉. But being Christmas and I wanted to bake and send it away for someone, I went ahead and did the needy, ie look for a good recipe! There are a number of recipes online, some seemed pretty daunting. I finally chanced upon Nigella Lawson’s recipe which seemed pretty much straightforward and easy. And it did prove so and a delicious recipe too. So for anyone interested, here is a fruit cake you can bake even after christmas😀
The cake preparation was the easy part, preparing the tin was wild! I had to line the tin, grease it, line it with double layers of brown paper etc. You can find good instructions online. I just googled and did it. Basically there should be three layers of brown paper and one of foil for base. Double layer of brown paper for the sides with the end extending above the height of tin.
Glace cherries 100g ( buy the real ones)
Pecan or walnuts chopped 150g
Bourbon or brandy 400ml
Dark brown sugar 180g
Lemon zesr 2 tsp
Eggs 4 large
Black treacle or molasses 2Tb
Plain flour 300g
Ground almonds 150g
Clove powder 1/2 tsp
Cinnammon powder 1 tsp
Ginger powder 1/2 tsp
23 cm round tin
Oven temperature 150C
Baking time 23/4 – 31/4 hours
Makes about 16 slices
To prepare the fruit you can either steep the fruits in the brandy for a few days or mix fruits with brandy and bring to boil and switch off. Leave it overnight.
Next day at time of baking preheat oven to 150C. Prepare tin.
Cream the butter and sugar, butter at room temperature, till creamy, adding the zest. Add eggs one at a time beating well each time, then beat in the treacle.
Sift dry ingredients. Add alternatively with the soaked fruit to the creamed mixture. Fold in well, add the nuts.
Pour into prepared tin and bake. Once done cover tin with a double layer of foil at once to keep cake soft and set aside. When fully cooled remove cake from tin and wrap in foil. Store in an airtight container.