My renewed interest in the old fashioned Boiled Fruit Cake was prompted recently when I looked at all the supermarket shelves packed full of breakfast bars and snacks. I thought a slice of old fashioned fruit cake would be far healthier, mor sustaining and far more enjoyable. This cake if packed full of sun drenched fruit and nuts, there are no artificial additives or preservatives and it is fool-proof to bake. On top of that it is so wonderful to smell and eat a fresh home made cake out of the oven, particularly if there are children around. This is one of my favorite |Boiled Fruit Cakes recipes, it is a real “cut and come again cake”….so, so easy.
500g Fruit – To your taste here I used
200g Sultanas, 200g Raising, 100g chopped Apricots
150g Dark Brown Sugar
½ tsp Nutmeg
½ tsp Ginger
½ tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Bread Soda
2 Fresh Eggs
125g Plain Flour
125g Self Raising Flour
Pinch of Salt
1 handful of Almonds peeled or unpeeled (optional) to decorate.
Place the first 7 ingredients into a large saucepan – fruit, water, sugar, butter, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon and bring slowly to the boil to ensure the butter and sugar are melted.
Remove from the heat and add the bread soda, this will make the mixture fizz up, but continue to stir it from time to time until it subsides. Then allow it to cool.
(Sometimes I do this part the night before so that I can pop in my cake first thing in the morning).
Then fold in the flour, salt, and eggs until completely incorporated and put into the prepared cake tin. If topping the cake with almonds, arrange them wide end turned out around the perimeter of the cake working towards the center.
Place in the center of a preheated oven. If the cake starts to brown too much place a sheet of tinfoil on top until cooked. After 1 hour test the cake by inserting a large skewer into the center, if it comes out clean it is cooked.
Cooking time: 1 hour approx at 160C/325F (reduce temperature by 10-20 degrees if using a fan oven)
Cake Tin: brush the inside of your cake tine with melted butter and dust with flour.