The holiday season is full of wonderful traditions. Fruitcake is one of them, but lets be honest, a little
portion of fruitcake goes a long way! So i make small fruitcakes that i can offer or present on a dessert buffet. This recipe always gets rave comments because it is not too sweet and i use more raisins and candied orange than candied fruit.I don’t use candied cherries.Feel free to change what you like or add nuts that you prefer.By using slivered almonds, this fruitcake has no hard nut chunks that make cakes difficult to cut well. As you can see in the picture below,even this mini fruitcake cuts well!
Storing fruitcake advice is at the end of the recipe!K
Makes one 19 x 22cm or 20 cm round,or 4 indiv, or 16 mini cakes
250 gr raisins
75 gr currants
200 gr candied fruit
100 gr candied orange rind
75 gr cognac
225 gr soft butter
225 gr brown sugar
30 gr honey or molasses
225 gr flour
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp ginger
½ tsp nutmeg
125 gr slivered almonds
* Marinate the dried fruits 3-4 hours minimum, or even overnight.
Preheat oven to 150 ° C. Beat butter, sugar, and molasses .Add eggs one by one.
Add remaining ingredients,adding the dried fruits last.
then pour into the lined and greased mold for easy unmolding. Smooth top.
Bake at 150 ° for 45minutes, lowering the temp to 140 °C 30-45 more minutes until
It is golden brown.Let cool in pan. To unmold the cake, run a knife around the edges,
If the cake sticks to the bottom, heat the pan bottom lightly to soften the grease under the paper.
Let cool completely before cutting with a wet good serrated knife.
Storage; This fruit cake will keep for at least a month without drying out at room temperature.The best is to Freeze the fresh cake until ready to serve or cover with marzipan or fondant ,then it can be kept at room temp.Some people have stored them in the fridge .
Yes, the English traditionally soak their fruitcake with additional cognac or rhum several times over a few week period.This can be done once the cake has cooled while it is in the pan.But present tasts find that method to strong