JoyofBaking.com offers a recipe for an easy fruit cake. The recipe calls for raisins, but a combination of raisins, dried cranberries and dried cherries works just as well, while the baker can adjust the spices to taste.Continue Reading
To make JoyofBaking.com's easy fruit cake, begin by greasing a 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pan with butter or non-stick vegetable spray. Preheat the oven to 350 F unless using a dark-colored loaf pan, in which case preheat to 325 F.
Combine 1 cup of firmly packed light brown sugar, 1 cup of water and 1/4 of a cup of diced butter in a large saucepan with 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, 1/2 a teaspoon of ground cloves, 1 teaspoon of ground ginger, 1/2 a teaspoon of salt and 2 cups of seedless raisins. Bring to the boil over medium heat. Allow to boil for 5 minutes, and then leave to cool until the mixture is lukewarm.
Stir into the mixture 2 lightly beaten large eggs, 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract and 1 cup of candied and chopped mixed peel. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and bake for 50 to 65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the loaf comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack before storing, covered. It is best to wait a few days before serving.Learn more about Desserts