Finally, yesterday, I did a spot of baking. Decided to try out the Classic Christmas Cake recipe by Sunbeam, which came in a small booklet attached to the December 2005 issue of Better Homes & Gardens magazine. There are all sorts of recipes for fruit cakes and puddings in this issue. :) Earlier this year, I tried out the Rum and Raisin Chocolate Pudding. It turned out absolutely fab, but was gone before I could take a photo of it. :P
Most classic christmas cakes and puddings call for a bazillion kinds of dried fruits and nuts. Well, as I really couldn't see the difference between sultanas and raisins, I cut off quite a lot from the jumble.
2 ½ cups plain flour
3 tsp baking powder
250g butter softened at room temperature
1 ½ cups soft brown sugar
1 Tbsp vanilla essense
1 Tbsp cinnamon powder
300g pitted prunes, chopped
250g dark chocolate, roughly chopped
½ cup white wine or any liquer
½ cup apple cider/vinegar
- Soak prunes and raisins in the wine and apple cider for at least one hour.
- Beat butter, sugar and vanilla essense. Add eggs one by one and beat well.
- Drain off excess liquid from the soaked fruits and add to the mixture. Add the chocolate too. Mix well.
- Sift flour together with baking powder.
- Fold in the flour mixture and cinnamon powder to the fruit mixture.
- Pour into greased cake tin. Bake in a preheated oven (180ºC) for 1 hour and 30 minutes, or until a skewer 'cucuk'ed comes out clean.
Gosh...The cake is h-e-a-v-e-n. :P Super moist,rich and sweet and smells so nice! Surprisingly, it smelt like Amos' cookies when baking. :D
One thing I'd like to share. I'm strongly against dried mixed fruits people usually put in fruit cakes. Urgh!