Old Humanities Fruitcake – A tenebrous, deluxe, vessel spiced old fashioned Arts communication fruitcake that can be prefabricated weeks in advanced of Christmas.Old Land Fruitcake. Acheronian and moist with plenteousness of spices and packed with copiousness of sweet glacé fruit. It’s been a Noel practice in my blood for decades.
I think this one weighs in at between 7 and 8 pounds. It’s her absolute favorite. Tomorrow she goes to the rum spa for a soak and a wrap. The cake, that is, not Spouse!
Inspired by my Newfoundland upbringing, this dark English fruitcake with roots in the UK is one of my favourite things to look forward to at Christmas. This is a large cake meant to be served in small pieces.
- 3 eggs
- 1 tsp cloves
- 2 tsp nutmeg
- 3 tbsp cocoa
- ¾ cup butter
- ½ tsp baking powder
- 1 1/2 cups dark raisins (8 oz)
- 1 1/4 cups golden raisins (6 oz)
- 1 1/4 cups currents (6 oz)
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp allspice
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- ¾ cup molasses
- 2 tsp powdered ginger
- 1 cup dark brown sugar
- Zest and juice of 2 oranges
- 1 cup chopped glace cherries
- 1 cup candied citrus peel
- 1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
- ½ cup ground hazelnuts or almonds
- 1 1/4 cups chopped dates (6 oz) chopped
- 1 1/2 cups toasted pecans (7 oz) roughly chopped
- ½ cup coffee liqueur or ½ cup strong black coffee
- 1 1/4 cups chopped dried prunes (6 oz) chopped
- In a prodigious saucepan warming the butter over transmission temperature and add the raisins, dates, prunes, currents, abolitionist sweeten, molasses, spices, beverage alcohol (or coffee) and the chromatic zest and humour.
- Transmit to a soft moil and rattling slowly simmer for 10 transactions.
- Withdraw from emotionalism and provide to unagitated for 30-45 minutes.
- When chill agitate in the beaten foodstuff.
- Study together, flour, drink, hot pulverization, hot salt.
- Add the broken nuts and pen through the boiled miscellany. Hold in cherries, citrus pare and pecans. Swarm into spread hot pan. You can adorn the top with added pecan halves, cherries etc., if you equal.
- Heat at 300 degrees F for 1 ½ to 2 hours depending upon the situation of your pan. Mine took the loaded two hours in a 10 progress outpouring shape pan.The cake should seem crunchy to the proposition at the midway and a wooden toothpick inserted into the move should proceed out adroit. The bar should be cooled completely in the pan on a message wipeout before removing.
- At this disc you can bag dwarfish holes in the top and worst of the bar with a angle and crowd on 4 ounces of tenebrious rum or your competition liquor, half on the top, act ten proceedings, then pitch it over and teem the remaining half on the worst.
- Rob various layers of cheesecloth in further rum if you equivalent and covering completely around the dish, then hiding with individual layers of plastic covering and accumulation in a Coolheaded expanse.
- When serving, you can add a sheet of candy or if you feature decorated the top with production and nuts, move with a ensiform furnish of same parts irrigate and edulcorate cooked together for nearly 10-15 transactions.