Feeding the Funky Bunch: Little Christmas Fruit Cakes

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I’ve been making these little fruit cakes for years. They always remind me of a boiled fruit cake my Mum used to make when I was a little girl. Deliciously moist and tasty, they always get made around Christmas time in our house … and quite a few more times throughout the year! The original recipe is from a great cookbook called Simple Food by Jill Dupleix which is now out of print unfortunately.

I’ve included thermomix instructions below for part of the method. I’ve tried mixing in the eggs and flour with the thermomix but the resulting texture of the cakes just isn’t as nice as if you mix them in by hand. If you do want to try mixing it in the thermomix use Reverse Sp 3 for 20 seconds after adding the eggs and 40 seconds after adding the flours.

Little Fruit Cakes

Ingredients

  • 150g butter
  • 150g sultanas
  • 150g currants
  • 200g glace cherries
  • 180g soft brown sugar
  • 1tsp ground mixed spice
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1tsp ground ginger
  • 1tsp bicarb soda
  • 250ml water
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 150g plain flour
  • 150g self-raising flour

Method

  1. Pre heat oven to 180C
  2. Place butter, sultanas, currants, cherries, sugar, mixed spice, cinnamon, ginger, bicarb and water in TMX or a saucepan
  3. Mix 6min, 90C, Speed Soft in TMX or bring to the boil in saucepan while stirring then remove from heat
  4. Allow mixture to cool (if you transfer to a large mixing bowl to cool, this will usually take about 30 min)
  5. Add eggs and mix in well with a spatula
  6. Add flours and mix in well with a spatula (I place the bowl on top of the TMX and weigh flours straight in)
  7. Spoon mixture into muffin trays lined with paper cases (makes 18 cakes)
  8. Bake 20-25min
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