Hi peeps! Christmas is around the corner and for us Christmas cake is a must to celebrate this festive season! My hub is a big fan of fruit cake and upon his request every year, I will specially baked one especially for him. I chanced upon this lovely lady's English fruit cake recipe and immediately fell in love with those beautiful photos she has displayed. I am sure this fruit cake will definitely be a hit for my family.
Without wasting much time, I gathered all the ingredients needed and start to baked. Then, seasoned the cake in the fridge for a good 1 week and "voila"... the moment I cut the cakes into slices, the cakes were gone within minutes. (LOL) Even my little boy loves it so much and has been munching for last few days!
It is kinda easy to make fruit cake, you just have to soak the fruits, get the ingredients correct and pop it in the oven. Then, you can have a fruitful fruit cake to be served for Christmas!
It has been quite a busy weeks for me to prepare for the coming Christmas, there will be a lot of cleaning, decorating, baking and cooking until the end of the year! And also a beautiful Christmas dinner with the loved ones!
A Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Happy holidays peeps!
Recipe adapted and modified from bisousatoi
200g brown sugar (I used Muscovador sugar)
200g flour (I used superfine flour)
1/2 tsp baking powder
80g almond powder
100g dried cranberries
100g red cherries
450g black raisins (I used mixed fruits)
100g orange peel (I used mixed peel)
1 1/2 tsp mixed spice
80g orange juice (I used freshly squeezed orange juice, drained)
1 no orange zest
60g plain flour
Sugar Syrup: Cook all the ingredients until boiling, then set aside to cool
100g orange juice (I used freshly squeezed orange juice, drained)
1) Mix ingredients (D) and soak it overnight in the fridge.
2) Line a 8" square baking tray with double baking papers, wrap the outside tray with aluminium foil. Preheat oven at 170ºC for 15 mins.
3) Cream ingredients (A) with standing mixer at medium speed until light. Add ingredients (B) one at a time and cream until light and smooth. Scrape down the sides and bottom of bowl with rubber spatula after each addition.
4) Add ingredients (C) and mix well with a spatula.
5) Remove Ingredients (D) from fridge and rest for 10 mins in room temperature. Toss ingredients (D) with (E) to coat the fruits with flour. Then add it into batter and mix until well with a spatula.
6) Pour it into baking tray, spread evenly. Bake at 170ºC at the bottom rack of the oven for 1 hour. Remove the cake from the baking tray and put it on a rack then brush with sugar syrup and set aside to cool. Once it is completely cool, remove the cake and wrap it with aluminium foil. Keep for minimum two days then serve.
• Use dark muscovador sugar or dark molasses sugar for a darker colour cake.