for family meals :
found this recipe in a book I picked up second-hand
- it may now be out of print. The book is called Fast
Cakes by Mary Berry but even if it is out of print
you can find an excellent book of hers in the Bookstore
section <click here>
have included this recipe as it is ideal if you need
a rich fruit cake in a hurry - in my case it is being
used for our Christmas Cake which I had forgotten to
get done earlier. I have tweeked the recipe slightly
but it is more or less as it was published.
can of condensed milk
100g glacé cherries - quartered
225g plain flour
2 tsps mixed spice
2 tsps cinnamon
1 tbsp brandy (optional)
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
the oven to 300°F, 150°C, Gas Mark 2
the condensed milk into a heavy based saucepan, add
the butter, fruit, glacé cherries and brandy.
Place over a low heat until the milk and butter have
melted, stir well and then simmer gently for 5 minutes
stirring occassionally. Remove from the heat and leave
on one side to cool for about 10 minutes, stirring
occassionally to help speed up this process.
simmering grease and line with baking paper a 7 inch
(17.5 cm) round cake tin.
the flour into a large bowl, together with the spices
and bicarbonate of soda and make a well in the centre.
Add the eggs and the cooled mixture and quickly mix
together until well blended.
into the tin, smooth the top and bake in the oven
for 1 1/2 hours or until the cake is well risen, golden
brown and the top feels firm. A warm skewer inserted
into the centre should come out clean.
to cool in the tin for about 10 minutes and then turn
out and leave to finish cooling on a wire rack.