Rich fruit cake for Christmas
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: English
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Serves: 8
 
Rich fruit cake for Christmas. The assorted dried fruits are soaked in rum or sherry for months that infused such nice flavor to the cake and extremely moist and tender crumbs.
Ingredients
For fruit mix: makes about 6 cups
  • Raisins : 1 cup
  • Sultanas : 1 cup
  • Dried Cranberries : 1 cup
  • Dried Prunes (pitted): 1 cup
  • Dates (pitted) : ½ cup
  • Dried Apricots : ½ cup
  • Dried Figs or candied peels : ½ cup
  • Nut mix : ½ cup that may consist of walnuts, pine nuts and sunflower seeds
  • Sherry cream (Brandy or dark Rum) : 250 ml
For Cake :
  • All purpose flour : 1 cup
  • Self rising flour : ½ cup
  • Light Brown sugar : ½ cup
  • Large eggs (at room temperature) : 3
  • Butter (unsalted and softened) : 1½ sticks or 6oz or around 200 gm
  • Baking powder : 1½ tsp
Instructions
Prepare the fruit mix :
  1. Chopped the fruits and place it in a bowl along with the nut mix.
  2. Pour around 1 cup of Rum or Sherry and mix them well. Place it in a airtight container and keep in a cool and dark place for a week or so. Every alternate day, check the fruit mix and if requieres feed them more rum or sherry.
Prepare the cake
  1. Grease a 8″ springform pan, you can use other types of pan too and lined it with parchment paper. Cover the base of the tin as well as the walls or sides of the tin.
  2. Cream the butter and light brown sugar together until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat the eggs into the mixture one by one, beating well after each addition.
  4. Stir in half of the fruit mix along with half of the sifted all-purpose flour alternate with self-rising flour.
  5. Mix them well with a spatula until just combined and add the remaing half of the fruit mix and flour.
  6. Mix them well until just combined, pour the batter into your prepared cake pan and with the help of your wet finger level and smoothe the top surface of the batter.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven at 325 F for one hour.
  8. Test it with the skewer, if it comes clean with some moist crumbs clinging to it, lower the temperature to 300 F and keep it in the oven for another 45 minute to one hour as requires.
  9. Take out the fruit cake form the oven and cool it in the pan for 15-20 minutes.
  10. If requires you can brush it more alcohol, wrap it with plastic or cling film which will prevent the cake to come in contact with air, wrap around with a kitchen towel and leave it for overnight to cool.
Notes
Temperature of the oven should not exceed 325 F.
Do not open the oven before 1 hour.
Bake the cake in the center of the oven and on a middle rack.
If the cake browns faster, tent it with a foil cover or lower the temperature further by another 25 degree and keep it in the oven for longer time.

How to make treacle / molasses
Heat 1 cup sugar with ¼ cup water in a heavy bottom pan. Burn the sugar on low heat carefully ( do not stir the sugar) till it reaches the desired color, light brown to dark brown to almost black.
Once the sugar is caramelized nicely, switch off the heat and add 1 cup boiling water very carefully to it. Sugar will sizzle, so do it very carefully. Now switch on the heat and simmer the sugar till it become sticky or the desired consistency.
Recipe by saffronstreaks at https://saffronstreaks.com/recipes/featured/rich-fruit-cake-for-christmas/