Roll out into a thin layer, cut into strips the size of the sides / top of the loaf and apply. Seems like you really tested the formula . So thrilled to hear this! Or can I replace with soya powder ? I made this fruitcake for my friends , Everyone of them have liked it. How long will this last if I keep soaking it each week in the sherry? Is there a substitute, such as apple juice, for the alcohol in this recipe? Hope this helps! Sift the flour, milk powder and spices together. As a small boy I thought they were dreadful, poisonous undigestable bricks. Can I bake this fruitcake in a smaller loaf tins, round cake pan, etc.? 🙂, I have yet to try fruitcake, actually… unfortunately with all its glorious boozy-ness I have to miss out again this year, but I’m making next year the year I finally try fruitcake! i will stick to the recipe as much as possible. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your thoughtful comment and hope you’ll have a chance to come back to visit the post and leave a review 🙂. I love how much fruit you’ve got in this cake…and the fact that it’s been soaked in rum makes it sound extra delicious! I would personally use a wide bowl, hope this helps! Does it matter? Have just measured out the fruit and added the booze. These Rock Cakes or Rock Buns are easy to make, taste delicious and perfect if you want a recipe to bake with the kids. Line base and sides of deep 20cm square cake pan with 3 thickness baking paper. Reduce speed to medium and add the eggs one at a time, beating just until each egg is incorporated. If you make this cake again in the future and have a location near you, the best place that I can find dried unsweetened fruit is Trader Joe’s. Thanks so much Lauren 🙂. what do you mean by 2 sticks butter. I’ve made this recipe twice!! I wouldn’t honestly worry too much because I don’t think it will be enough to completely over sweeten the cake, but you could reduce the brown sugar by a tablespoon and that should help mitigate. I have always been a fan of fruitcake, and this recipe looks excellent! I read that early this morning and I’m not sure why my brain read “paper towels” and not kitchen towels (as you said!). Is it ok to soak in rum rather than sherry? I’m trying it for the first time. I used mini loaves, otherwise the same. Remove from the oven and place on a rack to cool completely before removing from the pans. I want to limit the fruits, perhaps pear apricot ginger hazelnut with Poire Willams, cherry blueberry dark chocolate walnut with cherry liqueur for example. Honestly, I’ve never even had it, but you’re making me want to try it! When I was younger, my family used to purchase cakes from a local monastery made by monks. Even my grandfather who has diabetes couldn’t resist having a bite. Looked very good.  Oh My god. It is one of my absolute favorites too. I have different types, the one is straight-cloth kitchen towel, and I also have the knobbly type face wash-towel, both 100% cotton. all in all successful fruitcake with dried fruit instead of candied– i think tho i will use a few candied cherries next year– for the festive look they provide! Thanks for the lovely write-up and beautiful photos of our fruitcake! LAURA, you have a devotee. 54 minutes baking time for the mini-loaves! Looks so delicious, can’t wait to try this. My mom has tweaked and perfected it over the years. But he likes it with marzipan and icing (traditional British–I live in the UK). Fruitcake, as we all acknowledged, gets a bad rap. I would soak it the once and as long as it is well-wrapped, it should be fine in the fridge for an extended period of time. Will this cake last longer then 8 weeks untouched ? What do you think? What dried fruits are they? Poor fruit cake, it gets such a bad rap. I hope this helps!! I wish I could be more helpful! Like your fruit cake recipe. Dates and a few spices. Stir mixture with a large spatula, scraping the edges and bottom of the bowl several times, until all of the ingredients are evenly incorporated. O..M…G… I just took them out. Again, this is all pure speculation, so I can’t guarantee anything, but that is my educated guess! Pour the brandy or rum into the chopped mixed fruits and nuts. One question (if you’re still checking! Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes to 1 hour and 30 minutes, rotating the pans halfway, or until the cakes have set. On that note, my GUESS is that it would make four loaves of that size. Feel free to ask other questions if you have them. I don’t think you would *have* to line them with parchment paper, but since the cake is on the more delicate side – I would strongly recommend lining it to be safe. Have you ever made a gluten free version or is that even possible? But, this traditional fruit cake recipe is simply delicious and well worth it. If you like a lighter fruit cake that still has lots of fruity flavour, this is a good “cut-and-come-again” one. It’s the first time I’ve wavered from the Craig Claiborne  NYT recipe from about 1976. (Btw, I’m American, but moved to the UK earlier this year–still getting used to everything British!) Remove the cake and brush the top with brandy. I haven’t heard of that wine before! Now I want fruitcake {there’s a sentence I never thought I’d say}… Big thanks to your mom for making fruitcake edible! Recipe says to soak cheesecloth once a week in sherry. You could certainly choose not to soak the cake – or reserve a section for kids or anyone else that is unsoaked – it just has the best flavor if you do this step. I have not tested this variation though! Glad to know I wasn’t the only person who couldn’t make the twitter party–we’ll have to reschedule another time! So sorry for only just getting back to you. would like to know instead of sherry and triple sec, would i just brush the sides of the fruitcake with rum and wrap with double baking double + double aluminum foil? Thanks friend! Unfortunately I haven’t tested it, so I can’t quite say the change in texture but I don’t see why it would cause a huge amount of problems. I must admit, I’m very wary of the candied fruit too because it generally just tastes like sugar to me, but this is the absolute BEST fruit cake I’ve ever had. Thanks mom! A traditional moist fruit cake made with rum soaked dried fruit, citrus zest, and candied ginger. This looks great except for the flour…….. This cake is awesome … I’ve made it three years in a row for my husbands birthday. I know that I, and others, really appreciate it. The mixture will look slightly broken, that’s ok. Over low speed, slowly add the flour mixture until just absorbed. I should finally attempt to do one! Hope this helps! I can’t find any cheesecloth. Happy holidays. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. I was thinking of adding dried cranberries to help with the tartness, but they would not be soaked (I would just throw them in). A question about soaking the cake. I’ll be in touch soon! Add My mom will be so honored to hear this. What is the purpose of so many eggs, besides the usual things that eggs do to cakes. Thanks so much for your comment and questions. At the beginning I was afraid of the result due to my limited cooking experience, but the result was amazing. Hi — looking for a fruitcake to make as part of this year’s holiday gift baskets. Couldn’t find the usual currants and really wanted black currants. Posts may contain Amazon Associate or RewardStyle affiliate links. Also, since it’s a birthday cake, I would like to make it round instead of into 2 loaves. She doesn’t do a marzipan layer, because she likes to soak/continually brush the fruitcake with booze as it sits and we choose not to do a royal icing on ours (which is *usually* why you would add a marzipan layer) -BUT basically, you want to brush the top and sides of the fruitcake with a glaze – apricot jam thinned on stove and cooled down will work well for this – and then get about 2 tubes of marzipan from store. after i had all the fruit snipped- measured separately- i measured it together and had only 6 cups- not 8- and then when i mixed it all up the batter looked way too wet so i added another cup of raisins.  It is way too delicious – I sent him off with something else and kept the cake here at home. I do not recommend making equipment substitutions, as I cannot personally say whether they will work! I’m pinning now! Do you think they would work ok? Bring the mixture to boil and simmer for about 5 minutes over low heat. Almonds, pecans & walnuts. 🙂. Hi Thea! Plus melasses and rum or Hi Laura, I didn’t use round pans. One question about baking time…cause I often get that wrong when backing – either underdone or too browned! The cake seems very sturdy, not likely to break at all. traditional British Christmas cake that is full of fruits and nuts and laced with alcohol Try Hello Laura.  I soaked my fruit in peach brandy for about a week. I just provide the recipe for you to make at home.  I cheated and used some chopped maraschino cherries. I added drained pineapple and it added moisture to the cake.Thank you for taking the time to share this wonderful Christmas cake.Sandra. Means a lot.  Imagine a moist spice cake or carrot cake cousin, FULL of MOIST, TENDER, RUMMY fruit and nuts that are just better than al dente. Thanks Carol ps I make a slightly similar recipe for christmas pudding and the O. Add the soaked fruit, almonds, cherries, peel and lemon or orange zest and mix well. Hi Laura…. Yes! It is the BEST! Or it’s the scene from Harry met Sally. This will not disappoint as it is unbelievably delicious. I’ve included instructions in the recipe below, so the fruit mixture should soak for about 24 hours. Please post more beautiful and delicious recipes. I think this can also be called “the world’s most beautiful fruitcake!” So pretty. Some people recommend aging fruit cake for at least a month prior to serving or gifting, but this is not required for this fruit cake. or this site may be reproduced without prior written permission. I wouldn’t do too much, because it will mess up the ratios of the batter ingredients! Your recipe made my day. Since this cake is very dense and rich, one loaf cake goes a long way. Your email address will not be published. And if mini, what size should I be looking at? Figs and Add the lemon zest, orange zest, fresh orange juice, grated apple, slivered almonds, diced candied ginger, soaked dried fruit mixture (with any liquid if it hasn’t already been absorbed), and chocoate (if using). It is indeed the best fruitcake ever. All of the All-Clad Pro-Release bakeware pieces feature oversized, easy-to-grab handles, and a nonstick (PFOA-free) finish that releases baked goods effortlessly. 🙂, BTW, I doubled the soaking amount out of neurosis and fear. Hi Cheryl, the metric weights (grams) are listed in the main recipe at the bottom of the post – right next to the volume measurements. I just started to learn to bake and have followed most of your recipe as a novice. I’m so excited to make this. I always use American large eggs for recipe development on my site if that helps clarify anything in the future!!! Stir over low heat until the sugar has dissolved. I bought Grand Marnier yesterday and brushed them all around each loaf and I hope it turns out really boozy after some weeks. I just fixed both. I’m really sorry for somehow missing that when writing and editing the instructions. And I am preparing to make it for Thanksgiving and Christmas. However, even just a few days make a huge impact! I think it will be fairly obvious when you start baking! I haven’t personally, but I think a 1:1 gluten free substitute flour (like Bobs Red Mill or Cup4Cup) would probably work.  If I had had THIS when I was a kid, life would have been VERY different.

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