A DIFFERENT TWIST ON FRUITCAKE

Filed in Gather Food Essential by on December 8, 2010 0 Comments

The Germans make something vaguely similar to fruitcake, only the neon fruit is not part of it.
I have been working out a version I like, after comparing all kinds of recipes.
Each one had something I didn’t care for, or was not going to use because I wanted this to be vegan…

Beat together until  fluffy:
1 cup very good margarine (if you don’t want to go vegan here, I strongly suggest butter instead)
3 tsp Lebkuchen spice (mine is a mixture of cinnamon, anise, cloves, coriander and cardamom)

Add 1/4 c sugar dissolved in 1/4 c water in small amounts, beating very well after each. This should be  very fluffy, with all the liquid incorporated into the margarine/spice mixture.

Gently add 1 c flour (I used whole wheat)

Grate two fairly large apples (I used Braeburn, use your favorite) and fold into batter.

Add 1 cup flour, 1/4 c corn starch (make sure it is non-GMO!) and 3 tsp baking powder.
Mix in very gently.

Now fold in 2 cups mixed dried fruit. I used raisins, chopped candied ginger, chopped dates and my own candied orange peel. Make sure the raisins are not sticking out of the top – they would burn. Push down and smooth over with your nice clean fingers…

Bake at 175°C/340°F until skewer in center comes out clean. The time will depend on your shape of pan – how thick your layer of dough is… My loaf pan took about 45 minutes.


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Enjoy this with a nice cup of tea! (Coffee is fine too…)

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