I don’t normally like fruit cakes, I find them too heavy and often too sweet and just loaded with taste that overkills. This fruit cake, for some reason, is something I like very, very much.
I used that 13 year old Cordon Bleu that was opened and soaked 1/4 cup of it with the mixed fruits for only a short while. Added some simple fruits to it and then just make a basic butter cake spiced with a teaspoon of mixed spice and vanilla essence. The result is simply wonderful and because the cognac is so good, it tastes even better than a whole cup of rum.
Love this. Will make it again, but perhaps with more fruits and add walnuts.
180g Sugar (mix 1/2 brown and 1/2 caster)
1 tsp Mixed Spices
1 tsp Vanilla essence
400g Mixed Fruits soaked in 1/2 cup Cordon Bleu
100g Plain Flour
100g Self-raising Flour
Milk to the right consistency
- Soak the mixed fruits in Cordon Bleu Cognac for at least a day, then drain. Coat with 20g of flour (so that the fruits will not sink to the bottom of the pan).
- Cream butter and sugar until very pale.
- Add in the eggs one at a time.
- Add in the mixed spices, the liquid from soaking the fruits and vanilla essence.
- Stir the fruits into the flour and then fold in flour and fruits.
- Check that the batter is of dropping consistency, if you don't know what that is, Google! Important if you want a moist cake.
- Line the bottom of a 22cm pan with parchment paper and pour in the fruit cake batter.
- Bake in a preheated oven at 180C for 1 hour.
- Brush additional cognac onto the cake. Best eaten the next day.