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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Fruit and Nut Cake

Found a great Festive Fruit cake recipe the other day in a magazine I was reading the other day and did some modifications when I made it..... Turned out really well and is fast becoming a favourite in my house.

 1x 125 gram packet of mixed nuts
1 x 125 gram packet of dried fruit
200 gram of dates
200 gram of cooking chocolate
1 tsp of mixed spice
5 egg whites
1 tspn cream of tartar
2/3 cup of caster sugar

Preheat oven to 160 celsisus. Place mixed nuts and chocolate pieces into a food processor and process for a few for a seconds until they are roughly chopped. Add the mixed fruit and spice and mix for a few seconds more.

Beat the egg whites until stiff and add cream of tartar. Slowly add the caster sugar while beating on high. Continue beating for a futher two minutes until thick and glossy. Gently fold the nut mix into the meringue and spoon into a greased 23 cm spring - formed cake tin. Bake for 40 minutes, turn oven off and allow the cake to cool slowly in the oven with the door slightly ajar.

Its great on its on or with a dollop of cream...

I dont have a spring cake tin anymore, so used what I had.

Fruit and Nut cake
 The left over egg yolks can be made into a homemade salad dressing:

5 egg yolks
4 cups of good quality cooking oil (can be less if you would prefer)
drizzle of vinegar
mustard to taste
salt and pepper to taste
garlic to taste
mixed fresh herbs, about a cup but less if you would like

mix all in a blender and bottle. keep in fridge

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