Cheat’s fruit cake

By Kirstin Buick
12 December 2013

Making a fruitcake from scratch can be quite a performance. Save time and effort while you’re on holiday by using this baking mix to whip up a fruit loaf. It’s not a proper fruitcake but it’s equally delicious. The recipe was sent in by Gonny Wills of Allen’s Neck, Roodepoort.

Making a fruitcake from scratch can be quite a performance. Save time and effort while you’re on holiday by using this baking mix to whip up a fruit loaf. It’s not a proper fruitcake but it’s equally delicious. The recipe was sent in by Gonny Wills of Allen’s Neck, Roodepoort.

Makes 1 loaf

Preparation time: 15 min

Baking time: 1 hour

BAKING MIX

500 ml (2 c) cake flour

250 ml (1 c) sugar

10 ml (2 t) baking powder

7 ml (1½ t) ground cinnamon

2 ml (½ t) ground cloves

2 ml (½ t) ground nutmeg

5 ml (1 t) ground ginger

5 ml (1 t) salt

250 ml (1 c) fruitcake mix

100 g red glacé cherries, halved

TO BAKE

125 ml (½ c) milk

80 ml (1/3 c) oil

2 eggs

1 Baking mix : Mix the ingredients and store in an airtight container in a cupboard.

2 To bake Preheat the oven to 180 °C. Line a 9 x 19 cm loaf tin with baking paper and grease with non-stick spray.

3 Spoon the baking mix into a bowl. Whisk together the milk, oil and eggs and add to the ingredients in the bowl. Mix well and

pour into the loaf tin.

4 Bake for about 1 hour or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Leave to cool slightly in the tin

then turn out on a wire rack to cool completely.

5 Slice and serve

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