Monday, 30 November 2015

Scottish Dundee Cakes

Scottish Dundee Cakes is a nice alternative to the Traditional Christmas cake as its not so heavy. This is a lovely recipe that makes small loaves. Thank you Lavender Cottage 

2 sticks of unsalted butter, at room temperature
2/3 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 T. fresh orange juice (add zested peel too if you like)
1 t. vanilla
1/2 cup blanched chopped almonds
2 1/2 cups cake flour
1/2 t. salt
1 t. baking powder
1 cup raisins (try a mixture of dark and golden)
1 1/2 cup currants
1/2 cup ctiron, chopped
1/2 cup candied cherries
Whole or sliced blanched almonds and candied cherries for decorations.

  • Preheat oven to 275.    
  • Grease and flour two 4.5 x 9 inch loaf pans or four small loaf pans. 
  • An option is to line them with foil and grease it as well.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar, mixing well.   
  • Add the eggs, one at a time, beating 5 minutes after each egg. 
  • Stir in the orange juice, vanilla and almonds. (and zest if using)
  • Sift the flour together with the salt and baking powder in another large bowl. 
  • Add the fruit and mix by hand until well floured. 
  • Add the fruit to the butter/sugar mixture and mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pans 
  • Decorate the tops with cherries and almonds in festive designs.
  • Bake for 1 hour in the preheated oven checking with doneness with a toothpick or cake tester. 
  • Cool in the pans for 10 minutes and then remove to cool completely. 
  • When cool, wrap in aluminum foil and freeze until needed

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