Hope you’re holidays are awesome. I’m sick UGH and drugged up to the wazoo! Hopefully I’ll be back to normal in a few days.
Fruit Cake, now those are two words that combine together make you cringe. Not many people like this Holiday tradition but today is it’s National Day:
Today is National Fruit Cake Day! Although fruit cakes are certainly a delicious treat to enjoy around the holidays, they are quite possibly the most popular item for re-gifting. A whopping 38% of people say they give fruit cakes away when they receive them!
Nevertheless, fruit cakes have remained popular for thousands of years. The Ancient Egyptians buried their loved ones with fruit cakes because they believed this particular food was essential for the journey to the afterlife. The Crusaders were known for eating fruit cakes during their campaigns. The small cakes could withstand long journeys without spoiling and were full of nutritious items like dried fruits and nuts.
To celebrate National Fruit Cake Day, buy one of these holiday treats at your local grocery store to share with friends!
Here’s the recipe for this treat:
5 CUP FRUIT LOAF
by Fuss Free Cooking
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup mixed fruits (if you can’t find them in the supermarkets, try your local health food stores. Mine was gifted from a friend who used to own a online health food store) or you can substitute mixed fruits with raisin as per the original recipe.
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 + 1/2 tsps baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup milk
- Cooking oil to grease area which isn’t covered by the baking paper
Alternatively, you can replace 1 cup of all-purpose flour, 1 +1/2 tsps baking powder & salt with 1 cup of self-raising flour.
I feel it can do with a little touch of spices such as ground cinnamon and nutmeg to make it more Christmassy.
Preheat oven to 160 degrees C/ 320 degrees F. Line a baking paper on a loaf tin and grease area which isn’t covered by baking paper with some cooking oil. I diced the mixed fruits as mine was a little on the chunky side. If you use raisins, you can skip this step. Mix all the dry ingredients together including the mixed fruits with a fork. Then add milk and whisk the wet and dry ingredients until well combined with a fork. (Please note the batter is a wet mixture). Bake in the preheated oven for an hour or until the cake tester comes out clean.
So grab a cup of joe, tea, whiskey… whatever lol and enjoy a slice of Fruit Cake!