How to make it

  • Place all the fruit in a saucepan or stock pot
  • Add the water .rum or substitute ,butter,and sugar and bring to the boil , stirring occasionally .
  • Remove from the heat the moment it has boiled and stir in the treacle and bicarb soda .It will fizz a bit .
  • Cover with a lid and leave overnight
  • Next morning , collect your wood and light your wood stove --yes I still have one --it only compliments the gas but I love it for slow baking ! --heats our water in winter too.
  • For the rest in the 21st century ,heat the oven to a slow 150 Cent ,thats about 300 F .
  • Grease and line a deep 12 inch square cake tin or pan .Use several thicknesses of well greased paper and make sure you have no wrinkles --thats the paper ,not our faces !! mine dropped years ago .
  • Sift together the flours and salt
  • Beat the eggs well and add them alternatively to the fruit mixture with the flour .
  • Spoon into the prepared pan filling to about an inch deep ,then smooth into the corners making sure of no air pockets .Then fill with the rest of the mixture .
  • When all the mixture is in ,bump the pan on the bench to settle the mixture evenly .
  • Bake for 3 hours until a skewer inserted comes out cleanly .
  • The cake should have a smooth appearance on the top , bottom,and sides and should be moist to the touch ,with a shiny surface .
  • This will keep for months if stored ,well wrapped in an air tight container ,and will only improve with age ,like a good wine .
  • Any combination of dried fruits can be used depending on what you have available .This comes from a time when most ingredients would have been home sourced from the orchard
  • I have used small amounts dried mango and pawpaw to great applause
  • Note --for some nostalgic reason ,this always tastes better ,as do roasted meats ,when cooked in our wood fired combustion range .I'm not sure there is a rational scientific reason ,just romance but whats the world without romance !!!

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  • huxter 8 years ago
    Yes tinadc --it is similar to my Christmas cake that Mum taught me to make but that has lots of nuts as well and is aged for a month before Xmas --this gets eaten immediately.
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    tinadc ate it and said...
    How I long for my Mother now, it is so similar to her X-Mas cake-----high 5
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    fishtrippin ate it and said...
    This is one my Pennsilvania DutchFather would have loved. Bookmarked^5
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    brianna ate it and said...
    This sounds delicious & I can't wait to get one made. Thanks & 5 forks
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    midgelet ate it and said...
    I agree- great post and share!
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    peetabear ate it and said...
    great post... I agree wood stove cooking does taste better...^5
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