LIGHT FRUIT CAKE or a tale of 2 fruit muffins #1.

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The principle fruit cake I made in 2018 used to be for my dad’s 90th birthday ultimate November.   He wanted a small family birthday party and when I asked him what sort of cake he would actually like he discussed a fruit cake.  This rather took me with out caution. 

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All the years since Mum died I have been making him chocolate muffins, ginger muffins and various others, then again certainly not a fruit cake.  Most likely he used to be hankering after one for ages then again used to be too smartly mannered to mention!

I now not steadily make a fruit cake so I gave the impression in my prepare dinner dinner books and on the internet for recipes and settled on one through Mary Berry referred to as “Easy Fruit Cake”.

It comes from one in every of her cookery books that I don’t in reality non-public referred to as “Mary Berry’s Cookery Direction” and you can see it on the internet proper right here.

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It in reality used to be delicious.  It had an exquisite almondy flavour and just right mild texture with the fruit calmly dispensed.  (I have noticed that almond essence turns out usually in Mary’s recipes.)  It moreover stored effectively in an airtight tin.  I decided this is in a position to be my go-to fruit cake recipe for each time I had to make one different one – then along were given right here fruit cake #2, Sandringham cake, as consistent with a previous submit……

Elements

225g softened butter or baking spread (I used Plant life Buttery)

225g caster sugar

4 eggs

225g self raising flour

100g flooring almonds

½ tsp almond essence

450g mixed dried fruit

25g flaked almonds to decorate

Method

Preheat the oven to 160C / 140Fan / fuel mk 3.  Butter a deep 20cm springform cake tin and line the ground and aspects.

Cream the butter or spread and sugar with {an electrical} whisk until mild and fluffy.  Beat throughout the eggs one at a time.

Fold throughout the flour, almonds, and extract and mix completely.  Upload the fruit and mix effectively.

Spoon the combo into the in a position tin and level the perfect.  Scatter the flaked almonds calmly over the top.

Bake for 1½ – 2 hours until carried out.  (Mine took 1¾ hours.)  Cool throughout the tin.

Cuts into 12 slices.

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