Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Fruit Cake


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How To Make Fruit Cake

How To Make Fruit Cake

How To Make Fruit Cake : Perfect for wedding cake, christmas cake or cake for special occasions. This rich fruit cake is easy to make, iced with marzipan for a perfect fruit cake.Perfect for wedding cake, christmas cake or cake for special occasions. This rich fruit cake is easy to make, iced with marzipan for a perfect fruit cake.
Weights & Measures:

You will need:

  • 220 g plain flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp mixed spice
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 200 g butter
  • 2 tbsp black treacle
  • 1 tbsp marmalade
  • ¼ tsp vanilla essence
  • 4 medium eggs, lightly beaten
  • 800 g mixed dried fruit
  • 100 g chopped mixed peel
  • 150 g glace cherries, halved
  • 100 g blanched almonds, chopped
  • 250 ml orange liqueur , or orange juice
  • 200 g brown sugar
Step 1:

Soak the fruit

Soak 800g mixed dried fruit, 100g chopped mixed peel and 150g glace cherries in 250ml orange liqueur overnight.
Step 2:

Preheat oven

The next day, heat your oven to 150C/300F/Gas2. Grease a 20cm/8inch round or an 18cm/7inch square cake tin and line the bottom and sides with baking parchment.
Step 3:

Flour mixture

Sieve 225g plain flour, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon mixed spice and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon into a bowl.
Step 4:

Butter mixture

Cream 200g butter and 200g dark brown sugar in a large mixing bowl and then mix in 2 tablespoons of black treacle, 1 tablespoon marmalade and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla essence until light and fluffy.
Step 5:

Add eggs

Beat 4 eggs, and fold them a little at a time into the mixture adding a tablespoon of the flour mixture with the last of the eggs.
Step 6:

Add flour mixture

Fold in the remaining flour mixture until well mixed. Then mix in the soaked fruit mixture with 100g chopped almonds.
Step 7:

Bake

Turn the mixture into the prepared tin and make a slight hollow in the centre. Bake in the oven for 3 hours and then test with a skewer. If it's not ready bake for up to another hour testing every 20 minutes until the skewer comes out clean.
Step 8:

Cool

Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin for 15 minutes. Turn out on to a wire rack and leave to cool.
Step 9:

Soak

Once cool, make a few holes in the cake with a skewer and pour over 3-4 tbsp of Orange Liqueur. Let it soak into the cake. Store the cake wrapped in foil and in an airtight tin or plastic container, holes side up.
Step 10:

Store

For a rich and moist cake, spoon over a few tablespoons of brandy, Orange Liqueur, or for an alcohol free version use cold tea, every week until you are ready to ice and decorate your cake

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