Date: Thu, 08 Dec 94 13:45:45 GMT
From: email@example.com (Pete Williams)
Easy Fruit Cake
This is a basic fruit cake recipe that can be easily varied as desired.
1/2 cup apple sauce
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup sugar.
(I used white sugar; you can use brown if you like.)
2 1/2 cups mixed dried fruit.
(I like to use half currants, half raisins.)
2 egg whites or equivalent, lightly beaten.
1 1/2 cups white flour.
(Whole wheat is OK, but it changes the taste.)
2 tsp baking powder.
Place the apple sauce, water, sugar, and dried fruit in a saucepan. Bring
to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes, then allow to cool.
Set the oven at 300 deg F (cool). Line a 6-inch round cake tin with
Mix the egg whites into the fruit mixture, then sift the flour and baking
powder into it too. Mix, adding water if necessary to make a stiff batter.
Pour into the prepared tin, sprinkle the top with brown sugar, and bake for
1 1/2 to 2 hours, until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes
out clean, more or less - with all this fruit, it's not going to come out
very clean anyway!
The amount and type of fruit in this recipe can be varied very much to
produce different results. Many folk in this country would use sultanas
(yellow raisins) for some of the fruit, but I don't like them so I don't
use them. You can substitute 1/2 cup of chopped glace cherries for some
of the fruit, or add chopped candied orange peel, dates, apricots...
The possibilities are endless.