Friday, December 17, 2010

Christmas Fruit Cake

I made this fruit cake using Gertrude's recipe,  Fruit Cake from her blog  - MyKitchenSnippets  and I love it and have been using this recipe whenever I needed to bake one.  And I will trying out her steamed fruit cake too. Do hop over to her blog if you want her steamed fruit cake . Easy to make and taste great expecially if you keep it for a longer period of time. Last year , I kept it for 3 months ....and the last piece always taste the best ! :p  I made a few this year and gave to friends as gifts.

Merry Christmas 
To All My Readers and Friends
from Elin and her family

Read on for Gertrude's  recipe......

I love the texture and the beautiful scent of brandy on them
I tried Baileys the first turned out a wee bit sweet so if you
want to use Baileys, you have to reduce the sugar

I have to thank Gertrude for this easy to bake fruit cake :)
Thanks Gert for the recipe

I baked them in a 10" square tin and cut into 3 loaves :) 
wrapped them in foil and gave them to friends as gifts
this cake makes great Christmas gifts

Drizzles brandy on them daily until ready to serve

I gave the first batch to Claire, Lena and Cheah when we had 
dinner together a few weeks back , hope they like it  :)

Christmas Fruit Cake ( adapted from My Kitchen Snippets )

Ingredients :
600 grm of mixed dried fruits (currants, sultanas, pineapple, apricots, etc)
1/2 cup of dark rum.

250 grms of butter
1 cups of dark brown sugar
4 eggs
2 cups of flour
1 tsp of baking powder
Zest of 1 lemon and 1 orange

1) Soak the dry fruits with rum for a week in the refrigerator
2) Prepare a baking tin and lined with double parchment paper
3) Cream butter and sugar until creamy
4) Add in eggs one at a time till well mix before adding another egg
5) Mix in the lemon and orange zest
6) Add in soak dry fruits and then fold in sifted flour and baking powder
7) Pour batter into prepared cake tin.
8) Bake in a pre-heated 325 degree F oven for 1 1/2 hour or until centre is firm to touch.
9) Let the cake cool in the tin before removing the cake.

Note : You can keep this cake up to 3 months in the fridge. Wrap it up properly in aluminium foil and drizzle it with rum at least once a week.

Enjoy and have a great baking weekend !

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  1. looks very moist must be very yummy!

  2. Your christmas fruit cake looks so perfect and moist. I can't wait to start my hoilday baking :)

  3. Hmm...good idea for wrapping cake in such way.
    May follow this method too next time i give cake to friends as gift.

  4. This looks so lovely and moist. I'm so behind in my xmas baking this year. If I make this, there'll only be one drizzle of brandy .... not many days left ... oh no, oh no!

  5. oooo these fruit cakes looks so green with envy already

  6. i used to love fruit cake..usually I would keep them in the fridge.

  7. I am a lover of fruit cake and yours looks wonderful. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

  8. I love fruitcake but have never attempted to make my own. I haven't had any since I lived at home with my parents, so maybe it's time I tried my hand at it:)

  9. now that is a gorgeous fruitcake!! I think people have seen so many bad canned fruitcakes, that they forget just how wonderful it can be when made at home! This piggy has just gained 5 pounds looking at your pictures!!!
    This piggy chef would also like you to do a guest post for him, If your interested please drop me an email and we can work out the details!
    Have a wonderful Christmas!

  10. I JUST had a HUGE debate with friends. They hate fruitcake. I LOVE it! And recipes like this are exactly why! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Hi guys....thanks for dropping me sweet notes here for me to inhale in :p its inspiration to me...tq tq and here is me wishing all of you a Blessed Christmas !!!

    Chef Dennis...thanks for the invite to be guest post...I am thrilled to bits and honored. Can't wait for the day :)))

    Cheers to all,

  12. I love fruit cakes, yours look so delish!

  13. Victor...thanks for dropping by :)