ENGLISH DRIED FRUIT CAKE

 

February 1, 2015

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Fruit Cake has never been a favourite of mine; that is to say, I’m just not attracted to those fluorescent green or red or yellow bits of mystery fruit. Being curious by nature, and trusting Rose’s palette, I read through her recipe and discovered that I didn’t have to suffer through all those bits of fake fruit. I was also pleased at the simplicity of the assembly: no stand mixture or special equipment, just a wooden spoon and an old rectangle pan. Great!

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Instructions

TOAST THE PECANS

  • I love my perforated tray as it allows the air to circulate and toast the nuts evenly.

Weighing apples.
Weighing apples.
Chopped dried golden raisins, apricots, prunes and black currents before they are soaked.
Chopped dried golden raisins, apricots, prunes and black currents before they are soaked.

PREPARE THE APPLES AND DRIED FRUIT

  • Fun.

I think this batter looks as good as the finished cake.
I think this batter looks as good as the finished cake.

MAKE THE CAKE BATTER

  • After the butter and the sugar were blended, I realized I needed to switch to a bigger saucepan because I failed to accommodate for the apples and eggs. Just more dishes. Once it all came together, the mixture was quite delicious looking.

BAKE THE CAKE

  • Fun.

Brushing the baked cake with syrup.
Brushing the baked cake with syrup.Brush the baked cake with syrup.
Brush the baked cake with syrup.Me and my husband Rick after soaking the cake! Rum, ginger brew, lime, cinnamon and clove.
Me and my husband Rick after soaking the cake! Rum, ginger brew, lime, cinnamon and clove.

Me and my husband Rick after soaking the cake! Rum, ginger brew, lime, cinnamon and clove.
English Dried Fruit Cake, The Finer Cookie.

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Comments

9 Comments

Diane Morrissette   2017-01-08

Hello Kim, very good idea your finer cookie, pictures are Beautiful, recipes looks good, long success and lots of fun doing it.

Kimberlie 2017-01-08

Hi Diane, thank you so much for your encouragement. I guess Ricky told you! Well check back by the end of the day because there will be ALOT more pictures and content. PS: I'll have a basket for you, as always.

Rosa Maggie   2017-01-08

hello Kimberly your blog is lovely and your pictures are great too I like your step by step instructions they are fantastic I'm one of the new girls in the back along

Catherine   2017-01-08

Those drinks look good! And the cake of course - interesting idea about the crackers. BTW I have trouble opening your website on my iPad for some reason. Lucky I can peek at it while I'm at work :)

Kimberlie 2017-01-08

Hello Catherine, Thanks for your nice words, and thanks for your feedback with the trouble loading my site on your IPad. I've contacted my website host to work this out.

Glori   2017-01-08

Love your website, Kimberlie. Great post on the fruit cake. I think baking and drinking should go hand in hand :)

Kimberlie 2017-01-08

Thank you, Glori. Nice compliment coming from you!

faithy   2017-01-08

I love your blackboard too! And your photography skills are awesome. I also love the photo of you and your husband with your drinks!

Kimberlie 2017-01-08

Thank you Faithy! I have a sweetheart of a husband.

Jenn   2017-01-08

Mine is blackboard paint as well. It works really well, doesn't it?

Kimberlie 2017-01-08

I've come to rely on those wall-notes. I'm fortunate to have the blackboard paint on all the walls of my kitchen. It comes in really handy when I'm throwing a dinner party, and there are a thousand things to remember. It just takes a few minutes to organize my thoughts, jot down a few things (on the wall), and put all my books away. Keeps me relaxed, especially when my guests get filling my wine glass.

Michele   2017-01-08

Kim--your website is terrific! Love your post on the fruit cake. I love that idea about toasting thin slices into crackers, but I'm not going to have any left over to do it with!! Let me know how it goes, will you? Michele at www.artfuloven.com

Kimberlie 2017-01-08

My website is very new is I'm working feverishly to add content to all my blank pages. My schedule for this Christmas season is ambitious, but once I get through it, I think I'll settle into a routine that is less frantic. Re the slices of cake-soon-to-be-crackers, I'll let you know in the next day or two. Maybe tomorrow I'll get to it tomorrow.

Monica Caretto   2017-01-08

Hi Kim.. I like your way of thinking.. DRINK and BAKE (who it to say that us cook should not take after professional chefs?) Like Jenn, I eyed that blackboard as well.. I have a spot in my new kitchen that I'm eyeballing to put up a big blackboard wall.. after seeing yours, I'm so doing it!

Kimberlie 2017-01-08

Enjoy it Monica. It's a great asset in a working kitchen. Makes all the difference when the kitchen gets too hot.

Jenn   2017-01-08

Hi Kim, your English Fruitcake looks beautiful. I love how you cut them into squares. And nice kitchen - I'm eyeing the blackboard behind the countertop. I have a blackboard in mine also but it's hung on the wall :).

Kimberlie 2017-01-08

It's actually blackboard paint, and super useful and fun. Friends leave very creative pictures...and messages...

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