Friday, 23 December 2011

Recipes - Mum's Mini Boiled Fruit Cakes

Boiled fruit cakes are super festive and taste delicious! Long gone are the times of heavy, stodgy, stale, glace-cherry filled fruit cake, these babies are light, fluffy and rich, even better when you use your own homemade fruit mince. The recipe is similar to that of a sticky date pudding, but instead of dates you use fruit mince! They are sure to impress your guests.

3 cups fruit mince
180g butter, chopped
1 tsp all spice
1/2 mixed spice
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp bi-carb soda
2 eggs, lightly beaten 
1 cup plain flour
1 cup SR flour
whole roasted almonds, to decorate

Step 1 - Preheat oven to 180°C. Line 2 x 12 hole cupcake tins with patty pans.
Step 2 - Place fruit mince, butter, spices and bi carb soda in a large saucepan and stir over medium heat until butter melts.  Bring to boil over high heat and cook for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
Step 3 - When cool, mix in eggs then fold through flours until just combined.  Spoon mixture into patty pans so they are 3/4 full.  Decorate with almonds.
Step 4 - Bake for 20-25 minutes until cooked through.  Remove from oven and allow to cool in pan for 5 minutes before turning onto a wire rack.  Dust with icing sugar before serving.

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