Wednesday, December 19, 2012

12 Days of Christmas Special - Festival Fruit Cake

We're on our last few days of our Christmas special and it seems fitting to finish it off with traditional fruit cakes.

Today's recipe is for a Festival Fruit cake which is unusually light.  You should ideally make it a week before you want to serve it.

Festival Cake




















Ingredients


  • 185g glace pineapple, chopped
  • 185g chopped mixed peel
  • 60g shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecan nuts or walnuts
  • 1/2 cup self raising flour
  • 1/2 cup plain flour
  • 60g butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
  • Apricot Jam
  • Halved pecan nuts or walnuts
  • Glace cherries

Combine pineapple, peel, coconut and nuts, add 2 tablespoons of the flours, sifted together and toss well.  Beat together butter, sugar and eggs at high speed on mixer for 3-4 minutes.

Stir in the rest of the sifted flours alternately with the pineapple juice.  Lightly fold in the fruit mixture and spoon into a greased 20cm x 10cm loaf tin, lined on base with greaseproof paper.

Bake in a slow oven for 1 1/4 hours (150 degrees celsius) or until well done when tested.  Put aside until cold.  War, the apricot jam , push through a sieve and brush over cake.

Decorate with the nuts and cherries!

Cocinar, comer y ser feliz,
Leticia

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