Have you made your Christmas Cake yet? Well you may wish to try this Christmas Fruit Cake with a Twist
- 5 Green tea with Pomegranate tea bags
- 1½ cups boiling water
- 2-3 tbs brandy, depending on taste
- 2 cups Dried baking blend fruit mix
- 1 cup candied peel
- 100g glace cherries – sliced
- 125g butter
- 1¼ cups berry sugar – regular sugar will also work.
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 2 cups self-raising flour
- 2 slightly beaten large eggs
- 100gr chopped walnuts and or pecan nuts
- Place the tea bags in a pot and pour the boiling water over and let them steep for at least 10 minutes or more, until you have a nice and strong brew.
- Squeeze the bags dry and discard. Now add the fruit into the tea and let them soak.
- Once ready, add the butter, sugar, and peel and boil together for ±15 minutes.
- Let it cool down slightly, and then add and stir in the bicarbonate of soda and set aside to cool down some more.
- Set the oven to 170°C / 350°F.
- Meanwhile, grease and line a 22 cm (round or if you prefer a square) cake tin with parchment paper.
- Once the above mixture has cooled down adequately, add the flour, beaten eggs, and nuts and mix well.
- Spoon the mixture into the tin and level the top.
- This year we decided, to make one small 4” round baby fruitcake, as I am the only one at home eating fruit cake, thus do not need the entire recipe.
- Bake for 1 hour, or until risen and firm to the touch. The 4” only took a ½ hour.
- Cool in the tin/s for 10 mins, then turn it out on a wire rack.
- Once cold liberally paint with brandy and then wrap the cake in tin foil. Store in an airtight container.
- Continue to paint the cake every 2-4 days leading up to Christmas with brandy, and re-wrap before finally icing the cake.
- As you will notice, no decorating is done as yet, but decorate to your own preference (with fondant) and you will have a beautiful and festive fruitcake.
Decorated by Corlea Smit