I remember reading last year in the UK thread about various recipes people had for Christmas cakes. There was one that was for a rich fruit cake and it sounded lovely but I didn't have time to make it last year. After spending ages looking through the old pages I still can't find where they were discussed. Any suggestions for the recipe? It may have been from Cazza but I'm not sure.
Thanks in advance for any pointers!
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Thanks, Kate. I've not been on so much of late because of baby and injury and life! But I foolishly offered a voucher for a cake to a charity auction for friends who are raising money to go and do mission work in Brazil, and the guy calling the auction didn't make clear all my conditions - so I've now got to make an extra Christmas cake. I thought I'd take the opportunity (with the winner's permission) to do some experimenting with new recipes. I hope I can find the one I saw before, or perhaps someone else can recommend a good, rich dark traditional fruitcake?
here's some good info. MimiFix's recipe is really nice, for a non traditional one.
That's the thread! Thank you so much :-)
yay, rfisher and lizzie! and mimi too
I have a wonderful fruit cake recipe but my sister and I are the only ones left who will eat it! Candied fruit, raisins. dates. nuts, no citron just a little orange zest. Even buying the ingredients in the smallest quantities it is expensive to make just for the 2 of us. I haves toyed with the idea of subbing dried fruit for the candied, maybe I will try mimi's chocolate one this year.
Here in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky (and down into North Eastern Tennessee) we have our own traditional Christmas cake, called the Blackberry Jam cake.
It's a dark, dense spice cake laced with blackberry jam along with raisins and nuts (usually walnuts) and frosted in a caramel icing. People often make their jam cakes months ahead and mellow them sealed in a tin wrapped in cheesecloth soaked in blackberry or other wines.
My family has been making them for several generations. Some people bake them as layer cakes, others in a angel food pan. We use the angel food pan...I'm using the same pan my great-grandmother used to bake her jam cakes in. #ChristmasTraditions