Fruit Cake/ Fruit Loaf


My this recipe is the easiest one I know for fruit cakes, no soaking of fruit in wine and no need of fermented brown sugar, all simple and easy just to make your evening tea lovely….. this is a perfect blend of nuts, dry fruits and normal fruits……..

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

FOR FRUITS

  • 1 cup mixed dried berries/ baking candy/ dry moist fruits
  • ½ cup sultanas
  • 2 tbspns orange juice
  • 1 tbspn lemon juice

FOR BATTER

  • 113 g/ ½ cup butter (unsalted)
  • 50 g soft brown sugar
  • 50 g caster white sugar
  • 50 g raw caster sugar
  • 3 x 700 g eggs/ 3 large eggs
  • 1 tspn vanilla essence
  • 1 tspn coconut essence
  • 2 drops of yellow food colour
  • 1 ½ cups plain flour/ 190 g plain flour
  • 50 g almond meal (crushed almonds)
  • 1 tbspn heap full of desiccated coconut
  • 1 ½ tspn baking powder
  • ¼ tspn salt
  • Some lemon zest
  • Some orange rind julienned
  • ¼ cup/ 60mL whole milk

FOR TOPPING

  • 4 walnuts
  • Some flaked almonds
  • 4 banana slices
  • Some dry fruit candy

Procedure:

-Heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

-In a bowl combine all the ingredients given for fruits and mix. Keep aside until needed.

-Now prepare the batter. In a deep mixing bowl or an electric stand mixer beat sugar and butter for 2 minutes. Add eggs one by one with constant whisking. At this point your mixture may curdle but don’t worry it will be fine after adding dry ingredients.

-Add all the essences and food colour and mix.

-Now it’s time to combine your dry ingredients.

-In a bowl, combine coconut, almond meal, orange rind and lemon zest.

-Now sift in all-purpose flour, salt and baking powder together. Mix well.

-Now mix in fruit into the flour mixture.

-Fold in your flour mixture into your batter.

-Add milk and mix.

-Pour this mixture into a loaf tin lined with greased parchment paper.

-Top it with some walnuts, almonds, fruit and banana slices.

-Bake for 45 – 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

-Allow to cool for 30 minutes.

-Cut a slice and serve with a cup of tea or coffee.

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