English Dried Fruit Cake

English Dried Fruit Cake

February 1, 2015

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.
English Dried Fruit Cake, The Finer Cookie.
English Dried Fruit Cake, The Finer Cookie.
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