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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Fruit Cake

My husband's favourite -  fruit cakes.  So I dug out an old recipe given by my sis-in-law.  Though I didn't follow the actual amount of dried fruits in the recipe, it turned out well.  Being lazy, I just bought a packet of dried fruits and added some dried cranberries which I have in the fridge. My colleagues love it!


285 gm  (10 oz) flour     )
1 tsp salt                       )    A
2 tsp mixed spice          )

225 gm butter
175 gm (6 oz.) castor sugar
5 eggs (slightly beaten)
1 tsp. vanilla essense
4 tabsp brandy

500 gm or more dried fruits  (I added 4 tabsp of brandy to it)    -  B

3 tabsp sugar
2 tabsp water
6 tabsp. evaporated milk


1)       Sieve A    Mix the dried fruits into (A) and set aside.
2)      Caramelize the sugar and water to a dark brown.  Add the evaporated milk and stir over
         low heat to dissolve the caramel.  Set aside.
3)      Cream butter and sugar until light.  Add beaten eggs one at a time.
4)      Put in vanilla essence, caramel and 2 tabsp. of the flour and mix.
5)      Fold in the remaining flour with the dried fruits and brandy.  Mix well.
6)      Pour batter into a 7" greased square tin lined with baking paper and bake at 180 deg. C
         for 1 hour or till cake is done.  Poke in a skewer and if it comes out clean, it is done.

Note:    I used two  7"L x 3.5"W x 3"H  tins and bake for 50 mins.


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