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    • Curry Queen
    • By Curry Queen 6th Sep 05, 12:35 PM
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    • 6th Sep 05, 12:35 PM
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    • 6th Sep 05, 12:35 PM
    The easiest one to make is what is called a "boiled fruitcake" and I'm pretty sure the recipe has been posted here before so is likely to be in the index. If you can't find it give us a shout and I'll write one up for you
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    • squeaky
    • By squeaky 6th Sep 05, 12:36 PM
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    • 6th Sep 05, 12:36 PM
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    • 6th Sep 05, 12:36 PM
    I'm not too sure about what we have but the Be-Ro site has a few to choose from

    Click Here and then choose "cakes" from the menu on the right.

    Edit: Oops! Crossing with C_Q I couldn't find a fruit cake listed in the Old Style Recipe Collection or in the MEGA Index. There must be one somewhere though
    Last edited by squeaky; 06-09-2005 at 12:41 PM.
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    • Curry Queen
    • By Curry Queen 6th Sep 05, 12:46 PM
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    • 6th Sep 05, 12:46 PM
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    • 6th Sep 05, 12:46 PM
    I couldn't find it listed so here's my recipe

    Boiled Fruitcake

    250ml (8 fl oz) water
    150g (5 oz) soft brown sugar
    150g (5 oz) unsalted butter
    115g (8 oz) dried fruit (sultanas/raisins)
    55g (2 oz) dried cherries
    55g (2 oz) mixed peel
    3 teaspoons mixed spice
    225g (8 oz) plain flour
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
    2 free range eggs, beaten


    1. Line the base and sides of a 6-7 inch cake tin with buttered greaseproof paper. Preheat the oven to 170C/Gas mark 3.

    2. Combine the first 7 ingredients in a saucepan, bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes. Allow to cool.

    3 Sift the flour, baking powder and bi-carb onto the fruit mixture. Fold in and combine with the beaten eggs. Pour the mixture into the cake tin and bake in the oven for one and a half hours.

    4. Leave to cool in the tin. Turn out, wrap in greaseproof paper and store in an airtight cake tin.
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  • caffeinehit
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    • 6th Sep 05, 1:41 PM
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    • 6th Sep 05, 1:41 PM
    Thanks C_Q, sounds yummy. Is it best to leave the cake for a few weeks/days before eating it?
    • Curry Queen
    • By Curry Queen 6th Sep 05, 2:26 PM
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    • 6th Sep 05, 2:26 PM
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    • 6th Sep 05, 2:26 PM
    Thanks C_Q, sounds yummy. Is it best to leave the cake for a few weeks/days before eating it?
    by caffeinehit

    Well ...... that depends how good you are LOL! When I used to make them for the family they were barely cool before someone cut a slice and you could guarantee it would all be gone by the end of the day, and if there did happen to be any left my ex shoved it in his lunch box for the next day! He was even known to take extra slices in for his mates :rolleyes:

    It's not the type of cake that needs to be stored to mature and you can eat it straight away, but yes, it will keep in an air-tight tin/box if you can resist it for that long. Couldn't tell you how long as it's never lasted more than a few days in my house
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  • Maisie
    • #7
    • 6th Sep 05, 2:36 PM
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    • 6th Sep 05, 2:36 PM
    The fruit cake made with tea. ie dried fruit/cold tea and sugar soaked overnight then flour and egg added next day is good. Moist and moreish. Make it in a loaf tin and spread with butter.

    I think it's called tea loaf. Should be a recipe on here somewhere.
  • exlibris
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    • 6th Sep 05, 4:51 PM
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    • 6th Sep 05, 4:51 PM
    I used to make a boiled fruit cake as my Chrhistmas Cake. I have made it in November and it was very good on New Years's Day and later. (Christmas Cake never weaten at Christmas served as OH's Birthday Cake Jan 1st lol
  • competitionscafe
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    • 2nd Oct 05, 12:56 AM
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    • 2nd Oct 05, 12:56 AM
    not really a fruit cake, but this one sounds really yummy - chocolate & cherry "spitting" cake: http://thepassionatecook.typepad.com/thepassionatecook/2005/09/mums_chocolate_.html
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  • lyns
    The fruit cake made with tea. ie dried fruit/cold tea and sugar soaked overnight then flour and egg added next day is good. Moist and moreish. Make it in a loaf tin and spread with butter.

    I think it's called tea loaf. Should be a recipe on here somewhere.
    by Maisie
    Be-ro have one on there site like this and its yummy its called a Brack and is so easy to make and i should know
    • beadysam
    • By beadysam 2nd Oct 05, 2:48 PM
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    This is my mums recipe...

    Boiled Fruit Cake

    12 oz Fruit
    4 oz Butter
    4 oz Sugar
    1/4pt water
    8 oz SR Flour
    2tsp Spice
    2 Beaten eggs

    1. Put fruit, sugar, butter nad water in a large sauce pan. Bring to the boil stirring continuously.
    2. Simmer for 20 mins - stir occassionally.
    3. Cool for about 30 mins or so.
    4. Pre heat oven to GM3 325/170
    5. Add flour to mix
    6. Add spice and eggs.
    7. Mix well and pour into a prepared 7-8" tin
    8. Bake in middle of oven for 1/2 hour.
    9. Reduce heat to GM2 300/130 and bake for a further 1 1/2 hours.
    10. Cool in tin for 30 mins then turn out
    11. SCOFF!
    • arkonite_babe
    • By arkonite_babe 2nd Oct 05, 2:50 PM
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    Boiled cake can be frozen for use in the future, wrap the cake in greaseproof then in tinfoil. Defrost slowly when you need it.

    My recipe is similar to C_Q@s but I use cups instead of weighing out.

    Boiled Cake

    2 cups mixed fruit (I soak mine in tea overnight)
    1 cup sugar
    1 cup water
    2 cups plain flour
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1 teaspoon mixed spice
    2 eggs
    4 oz margarine

    Boil fruit sugar marg and water for 15 minutes. Allow to cool Beat in eggs flour and spices. Split into 2 lined and greased loaf tins. Bale at 170oc until set (A skewer comes out clean after being inserted to the centre of the cake)
  • black-saturn
    After reading the start of this thread this morning I made a boiled cake this afternoon. I didn't have any brown sugar so I used just ordinary caster sugar, I used self raising flour and I used ordinary eggs, not organic ones and it turned out lovely and moist. I think I'll do all my cakes like this in future.

    Just one question though. Anyone got a chocolate variation?
    • arkonite_babe
    • By arkonite_babe 2nd Oct 05, 4:10 PM
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    You could try putting choc chips in instead of the fruit and I'm trying to think what spices would go well with chocolate. Anyone else think of something??
  • black-saturn
    Wouldnt the chocolate chips melt though?
    • squeaky
    • By squeaky 2nd Oct 05, 4:20 PM
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    Choc chips stay all in one piece usually, especially ones from the home baking aisle.

    As for spices with chocolate - cinnamon does well
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    • arkonite_babe
    • By arkonite_babe 2nd Oct 05, 4:25 PM
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    If you use a good quality chocolate they shouldn't melt, just be slightly squishy. Cinnamon sounds good! Yum!
    • davsidipp
    • By davsidipp 10th Oct 06, 10:02 AM
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    davsidipp
    easy peasy fruit cake recipes please
    i would love to make a fruit cake but just looked at delias book but found her recipe to fussy any easier ones out there .
    • cats whiskers
    • By cats whiskers 10th Oct 06, 10:19 AM
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    cats whiskers
    Hi
    I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one that finds Delias recipes a bit fussy!

    I find the following one easy to make: 1lb mixed dried fruit, 1 mug hot black tea, 1 mug soft brown sugar, 2 mugs SR flour, 1 beaten egg. Soak the dried fruit overnight in the tea. The next day mix all the ingredients together then place in a 2lb loaf tin and bake for 2 hours at 160C, 325F, Gas 3.

    As the oven is on for a long time and I try to be OS I often make two of these cakes at once and freeze one.

    I have also made this as a Christmas cake by adding cherries and covering in marzipan and icing.

    mmmm......I feel a baking session coming on.

    Cats.
  • Bambam
    This has been my Christmas cake for years - made last night:

    Place the following in a saucepan, bring to boil and simmer for 1 minute :

    125g margarine/butter
    175g sugar - dark brown, light or white
    400g dried mixed fruit
    225ml water
    1 level teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    1 heaped teaspoon mixed spices (I use 2)

    Allow the above mixture to cool (I usually add a bit of booze at this stage - speeds up the cooling process, you understand )

    Add to the wet ingredients :
    2 beaten eggs
    250g self raising flour
    Pinch of salt

    Mix thoroughly.
    Pour into an 8" round tin or a 7" square tin or 2 loaf tins.

    Bake in oven Gas 4 - 350F - 180C for approx. 1&quarter hrs.

    Made mine last night and its already had more booze spilt on the top of it, by accident of course as I was putting the bottle away . This is not a rich, dark cake - wouldn't eat it in my family but you can drizzle booze on it every week for the next few weeks if you wish. hic! hic!
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