Its been a month since I have updated anything on the blog......Exams and holidays kept me away from this space!! Yep..you heard me right when I said "exams"; not that I am studying anything new but repeating Std 1 again with my son *winks*......phew!!! It was me who really enjoyed the one week break and I don't remember relaxing so much after finishing my own school exams back then!!
Stories apart.... To start off, here is a simple cake loaded with lots of dried fruits. I would say this cake to be another version of the Christmas Plum Cake, except the entire process is a bit less complicated compared to the plum cakes.
This month being a happening month with festivals and causes, I am planning for some specials throughout this month.."smiles"
Ingredients:Recipe Source: Coffee by Parragon Books
Mixed dried fruit - 300 gm
Brown sugar - 150 gm
Butter - 150 gm, plus extra for greasing
Strong black coffee - 200 ml
Self-raising flour - 280 gm
Mixed spice - 2 tsp
Egg, beaten - 1 large
- Put the dried fruit, brown sugar, butter and coffee in a saucepan and heat gently, stirring occasionally, until the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved completely. Remove from the heat and cool for 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 180 C. Grease a loaf tin and line the base and the sides with baking paper.
- Sift together the flour and mixed spice into a large bowl. Make a well in the centre and pour in the fruit and coffee mixture and the beaten egg. Stir until thoroughly mixed.
- Spoon the cake mixture into the prepared tin and level the surface. Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour 15 minutes, covering loosely with foil after 50 minutes, or until the cake is firm to the touch and a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
- Serve sliced.