So it was Christmas.
And people make fruit cake around Xmas time.
So I said, why don’t I try to make fruit cake for the first time ever?!
I don’t know if you’re like me but fruit cakes always turned me off.
When I would think of fruit cake, I’d think of stale looking cake with so called fruits (but really, they look like jujubes) that my grandma would bring for Christmas dinner.
This cake is the opposite of that sketchy looking fruit cake. (I love you grandma!)
This is serious stuff. Amazing stuff.
It’s like a dense and delicious cake, but filled with your favourite nuts and dried fruits. Real fruits!
And it looks beautiful. I mean, look at it!
Make this for your Grandma next time you see her. You will be her favourite forever. That’s right!
Enjoy my lovelies! And remember, you can switch any nuts or seeds for your favs! Same goes for the dried fruits 🙂Recipe altered from: http://www.ricardocuisine.com/recettes/4681-gateau-aux-fruits-seches
Course: Dessert Yield: 8 servings Prep Time: 30 mins Cook Time: 60 mins
- 1/2 Cup of halved pecans
- 1/2 Cup of whole hazelnuts
- 1/2 Cup of pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 Cup of raisins
- 1/2 Cup of dried cranberries
- 1/2 Cup of dried figs, cut in 6 pieces each
- 1/2 Cup of dried apricots, cut in 6 pieces each
- 1/2 Cup of dates, cut in 6 pieces each
- 3/4 Cup of 6 grain flour (or all purpose flour)
- 1/2 Teaspoon of baking soda
- 1/2 Teaspoon of himalayan salt (of normal salt)
- 1/4 Teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1/4 Teaspoon of ground nutmeg
- 1/2 Cup of butter, room temperature
- 1/2 Cup of brown sugar
- 2 extra large eggs
- In a bowl, mix all of the dried fruits and nuts and keep aside.
- Place your oven grill is in the centre of your oven. Preheat your oven at 350 °F.
- Butter a 8x4 bread pan and put parchment paper on the 2 sides, making sure it hangs a tad on each side.
- In a bowl, mix flour, baking soda, salt and spices. Set aside.
- In another bowl, cream butter and brown sugar. Add eggs in, one at a time, mixing until throughly mixed and batter is smooth.
- On low speed, incorporate the dry ingredients (not the nut mix yet!).
- With a spatula, mix in the fruits and nuts. Drop the mixture into your pan and bake for about 1 hour or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Let it cool down for about 30 mins before taking out of your pan.
- When cooled, remove from pan and let cool completely on a cooling rack.
- Slice and serve!