Christmas Old English Fruitcake



I know this is an extra late post. But I really wanted to share what I have made for the first time last Christmas and New Year.

It all started with a mouth watering post from a Facebook Friend. She posted a photo of her new baked product, the popular Christmas Fruitcake. I was really drooling like hell. To satisfy my craving, I did some research on how to make one and the lucky side of me was able to get a recipe on Google that is so easy to understand with ingredients that are available in my country.



CHRISTMAS FRUITCAKE RECIPE


Ingredients
1kg mixed fruit
250g unsalted butter
1 cup brandy
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon molasses
1/4 cup white sugar
5 eggs
1 3/4 Cup Plain flour
1/2 Teaspoon baking soda
Glazed cherries
Almonds

Method
  1. Pre-heat oven to 150 Degrees. Line a deep round or square pan with baking paper, bringing the paper above the edge of the cake pan.
  2. Combine fruit, butter, brandy and water in the pan and stir over heat until the butter is melted and sugar has disolved. Bring to a boil and reduce heat- simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and leave to cool until it is at room temperature.
  4. Stir in the treacle and eggs, then stir in sifted dry ingredients.
  5. Spread mixture evenly in the pan. Place glazed cherries and almonds over the top of the cake for decoration.
  6. Bake in oven for approximately 2-2.5 hours. Cover hot cake in aluminium foil and cool.



I baked my fruitcake on the 23rd December and had the loaf sliced on Christmas Eve. The round one was sliced on New Years Eve. My family is a big fan of Chiffon Cakes ever! So, the fruitcake is all mine. Some of my friends who visited the house after Christmas and New Year took a slice of the cake and they all have a good feedback of the taste.

I will definitely bake more from this recipe.