Monday, April 27, 2009

Classic Boiled Fruit Cake -Steamed




My mother fave when it comes to cakes is the simplest butter cake without any colours or additional ingredients ( whereby yours truly would love to heap extra of everything onto the cakes), also she likes Fruit Cake but not the really sweet ones. (unlike me, who has a really sweet tooth hahah). So , since I have several boxes of unused dried mixed fruit (Nona Brand) in the pantry, raisin ( got plenty of this) and dried diced papaya ( bought it on a whim hahha). Thumb through my fave book of CAKES and decided to used this recipe for my 1st try. Originally the recipe called for the cake to be baked in the oven, but I decide to steam mine instead, my mother prefer the cake to be really soft..here's the recipe.
Ingredients
11/4 cup self raising flour
11/4 cup plain flour
250g butter
1 cup brown sugar
2 cups mixed dried fruit ( i added some dried diced papaya too)
11/3 cup pitted prunes chopped ( I sub with dates)
11/4 cups orange juice (originally recipe use port)
1/2 teaspoon soda bicarbonate
2 teaspoon mixed spice
2 eggs , lightly beaten

1. . Put the steamer to boil. Line base of tin with greaseproof paper. Sifted the flours and mixed in the mixed spices.
1, Combine butter, sugar, dried fruit, prunes and orange juice in medium pan. Stir over low heat until butter has dissolved. bring to boil and simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes
2.removed from heat, stir in soda and set aside to cool. Add eggs and mixed well. Pour the mixture onto the sifted flours.
4. Pour mixture into prepared tin; smooth surface. I steamed the cake for 3 hours and leave the cake for about half an hour in tin before turning out. To ensure that the droplets of vapour on the lid of the steamer does not end up in the cake, would be advisable to used aluminium foil to cover the cake while steaming.
5. If you prefer to bake, bake to about an hour and 30 minutes at temperature 180 Celsius.

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