Sunday, November 7, 2010

Someone Wanted a FruitCake.... so I baked one!

My fellow blogger Javapot who is a fabulous cook provided me with her family's favorite fruit cake 'Patricia'sholiday fruitcake'

Patricia's Holiday Fruitcake Recipe
Best to slice this fruitcake with a knife with a serrated edge, such as a bread knife.
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup sour cream
(added juice of one lemon into 1 cup of cream)
1 cup chopped dates
(I will omit dates the next time I bake this, cos its too sweet!)
2 cups raisins
1/2 cup chopped glazed cherries
1 cup chopped walnuts
2 cups all-purpose flour (divided into 1/4 cup and 1 3/4 cups)
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg, room temperature
Grated rind of one orange
1 teaspoon salt
1 Preheat oven to 325°F. In a small bowl, mix together the baking soda and sour cream; set aside.
2 Combine the dates, raisins, cherries, and nuts with 1/4 cup of the flour and toss to coat the fruit and nuts. Set aside.
3 Cream together the butter and sugar. Mix in the egg, then the orange rind, then the sour cream/baking soda mix. Add the flour and the salt and mix together. Combine fruit/nut mixture with creamed ingredients and mix well to distribute the fruit and nuts evenly.
4 Pour batter into a prepared loaf pan (see note) and bake at 325°F for one and a half to two hours or until a toothpick or wooden skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Place a pan of water in the oven when the cake goes in. Water may need to be replenished during baking.
5 Wrap tightly with aluminum foil and plastic wrap to store. If you want, you can sprinkle on a few ounces of Bourbon, especially if you would like to store the fruit cake for a while.
Makes one loaf. ***I filled my loaf pan just above half full and put the balance of the batter into six of my 12cup muffin pan!  Next time I will just put all the batter into the loaf pan!
Note: Line the loaf pan with greased parchment paper or brown baking paper, cut to fit the pan. Place one piece to run the length of the pan and stand up above the rim about an inch. Place the other piece or pieces to cover the other sides. When the cake comes out of the oven, you can easily remove it by holding the sides of the paper and lifting the cake out of the pan. Once the cake has cooled completely, you can pull off the paper.
***I used a non-stick pan and did without lining. 


javapot said...

looks good, did u and your family like it??

javapot said...

haha, don't know about being 'fabulous cook' but definitely tested a fair number of recipes!

Emily said...

aiseh, just say tq for the compliments mah!

half the loaf is all wrapped up cling film (sigh! but from our one and only box from last year!) and into the cutest little black square bento box with pink cherry blossoms (from 100yen)on top cover for the intended recipient!

next time I should really chop up the dates and raisins finer! otherwise pretty good for a first attempt. DH don't eat sweet stuff but office folks love it! TQ!

javapot said...

good to know. some people like more fruit than cake and some like more cake than fruit.