Saturday, 15 December 2012

Easy Christmas Cake

My kids don't like fruit cake - actually I don't particularly like it unless it's full of I decided to invent one with only things I like in alcohol for the kiddies, only sweet fruits, and no dairy!!
Turned out moist, sweet and so so yummy.
You will need:
1 cup cooled strong tea
1 3/4 cup self raising flour (can use gluten free)
1 egg
1 small packet of nuts of your choice (I used slivered almonds - macadamias would be nice!)
100g currants
200g dried apricots (chopped)...dried mango or peaches could be AMAZING
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons of a sweet jam/jelly/conserve (eg. apricot, a marmalade or I used a friend's home made fruit salad jam)
How to:
Turn on your oven to 160oC.
Grease and line with baking paper a loaf pan.
Okay, first I boiled the kettle and made one cup of very strong tea.  Leave the tea bags in the tea until it cools.

 In a bowl add your fruits and sugar and pour over the tea.  Cover with cling wrap and leave either overnight, or all day (not in the fridge).  The fruit will soak up all the tea.
Add the flour, jam and egg
Add the nuts and mix till just combined
Spoon mixture into your prepared tin and gently press it nice and smooth with the back of a spoon.
Bake for approximately 40 minutes or until golden brown on top and bounces back to the touch.
Enjoy your delicious light fruit cake with a lovely cup of tea.

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