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Thursday 30 June 2011

Steamed Fruit Cake

I have made this steamed fruit cake for the third time now.  You know what, all fruit cakes are best eaten overnight and I understand too, some fruit cakes if well kept can kept till a year!  Usually fruit cake takes very long hours to either bake or steamed.  This steamed fruit cake takes about 3 hours in the steaming pot to complete.  I have read some cookbooks that some fruit cakes takes about 4 hours to bake!! 

I remember when I was young, my mum used to bake fruit cakes for us. 

Steamed Fruit Cake

170g butter
150g caster sugar
150g caster sugar
150g plain flour, sifted
3 eggs
1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
50g water

150g plain flour, sifted
300g mixed dried fruit

1.  Mixed 150g sifted plain flour and the mixed dried fruit together.  Combined well and set aside.
2.  Beat butter and sugar till light and fluffy.
3.  Add in eggs, one at a time until well combined.  Add in vanilla essence.
4.  Put in sifted flour, bicarbonate soda and cream of tartar.  
5.  Add in the fruit mixture.  Mix all well together and set aside.
6.  Meanwhile, place the 150g caster sugar into a saucepan and pour in the 50g water at the side of the
     saucepan.  Cook till the sugar turn caramel.
7.  Mix a well centre in the dough batter and pour in the caramel in the well and quickly mix all well
8.  Grease an 8 inch square pan and pour the cake mixture in.  Cover with aluminium foil.
9.  Steam for about 2 hours 45 minutes.

Just out immediately from the steaming wok.  Beautiful delicious brown colour.
Care for a piece?