Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Simple Fruit Cake

My friend Professor John, was hospitalised, yearning for home bake fruit cake.  Celine , the wife did not know where to order or buy the fruit cake because they were new in Ipoh.  I could not give her any suggestion as I never like fruit cake and never buy any of it because I found that the cake was too sweet .  After thinking twice, and not to let John down, I served the net and found a simple fruit cake recipe by Amy Beh.

The Ingredients.

220 g mixed fruits, sprinkled with some plain flour
50 ml brandy (optional)
300 g butter
275 g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
6 eggs
250 g plain flour, sifted
50 g self-raising flour
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp mixed spice
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg powder

I got all the ingredients from my freeze but have to substitute mixed fruits with raisins,mixed spice and nutmeg powder with cinnamon powder. I reduced the amount of sugar as well. I added in some chopped walnuts so to have some crunchy bites.

Line a loaf tin with greaseproof paper.
Combine the raisins with the brandy together, leave aside.
Cream butter, sugar and vanilla essence until mixture is light and fluffy.  Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Sift in flour mixture to mix. Add macerated raisins.
Pour batter into prepared tin and bake in preheated over at 170 degrees Celsius for an hour. Reduce temperature to 150 degrees Celsius and bake a further half an hour or until cooked through.

The batter in the lined loaf tin

After one and half baking fruit cake
My first baked fruit cake, yummy, John and Celine like it and I love it too.

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