I know what you’re thinking! ^_^
On January 13th?!?!
Heeeeee.. yes, go ahead and laugh.
It’s no secret that i am always lagging behind in posting my bakes by now. Even for most of those in food, i usually bake them after the craze dies. Hahahaaa!
So if you will, do pardon this very outdated post of mine, Christmas Fruit Cake.. my very first fruit cake :)
Truth be told, fruit cake ain’t my slice of cake.
I’m not a fan at all. I will not even eat it if you were to place it right in front of me. I just don’t like fruit cakes. Period. But. Darcy does! In fact, for Darcy, fruit cakes equates Christmas.
This Last year, Darcy said something rather laughable, not because i’m cocky or think i could do it for sure but more because he couldn’t just ask nicely. Men… *rolls eyes* :PppPp
Just because he loves fruit cakes but doesn’t like the store bought ones (terribly sweet!) …..
(between the supermarket aisles 2 weeks before X’mas)
Darcy : you don’t know how to bake a fruit cake right?
(before i could answer)
Darcy : i know you don’t.
me : (narrowed my eyes and threw him deadly look) yeah, you are so right! i don’t know how to bake a fruit cake. so you better get one from here.
Darcy : i knew it! you really don’t know how to bake a fruit cake! *shook his head in that manner, yes, that you-are-very-lousy-manner manner*
me : *lips pursed, nose wrinkled, eyes narrowed once more and ready to pounce but alas, i was not at home so i settled for a couple of pinches on the arse *
Ummm.. so what is the fruit cake doing here then?!?
One word : Love. :)
Not sure if it was the brandy i used, but goodness gracious me, this cake is awwwwsssommmeee! YES, i’m now a convert! A 101% convert. It’s so good that i couldn’t even resist the cake batter! Heh! To wait for a week before slicing it was pure torture. It was mother of all tests! Haha! I needed to hide it in order to get the cake outta my head!
So yes, if you are anything like me, or my sister (also a convert now, thanks to me :P) who winces and wrinkles nose at the mere mention of fruit cakes, may i suggest you to give this more than palatable fruit cake a try?
Trust me, you will love it!
Grandma’s Fruit Cake
(adapted from Donna Hay’s Modern Classic 2)
1 packet of Silver Bird’s fruit mix (i dislike my cake to be jam packed with fruits)
1/2 cup of silvered almonds
1 cup brandy (i use Otard XO)
250g butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 dark molasses
2 1/4 cups plain flour, sifted
1/4 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground allspice
1/2 cup milk
1-2 tbsp brandy or sherry, extra
1. Place the fruits in a bowl and pour over the brandy. Cover & allow to soak overnight -> i soaked for a week for more robust flavor.
2. Pre-heat oven to 140C. Place the butter & sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer & beat until light & creamy. Gradually add the eggs & beat well.
3. Place the butter & fruit mixtures, flour + nuts, baking soda, all spice & cinnamon into a large bowl and mix together to combine. Alternate the flour mixture with milk to combine. Line a 20cm (8 inch) square cake tin with two layers of non stick baking paper.
4. Spoon in the mixture & bake for 2 hours or until cooked (mine needed only an hour. do check often as this cake dries up rather quick once it’s baked). Pour over the extra brandy while cake is still hot. Cool in tin.
Note : This cake may be stored in an airtight container up to 2 months.
You can eat this cake right after it cools or if you like, you can wrap it tight with cling film and let it sit for at least a day or 2 for a better tasting cake. Mine sat for a good whole 7 days!
After that, i served each and every slice of the warm (i heated them up) cake with a cold brandied crème anglaise.