This months monthly challenge from Belleau kitchen and Tea Time Treats involves joining forces together for bloggers to randomly select cook books that best represent recipes for tea time treats. I only own one baking book that specifically focuses on Afternoon tea, which is Afternoon tea by Anthony Wild. I could have flicked through this book and chose a recipe. However, I fancied a bit of a challenge and chose this book alongside four other books from my cook book collections. These books were Great British Bake Off (series 2), Nigella "Kitchen", Love Food "Chocolate" and Levi Roots "Reggae Reggae" cookbook. I randomly selected Levi Roots "Reggae Reggae" cook book, and randomly chose a recipe from his desserts section - West Indian fruit cake. I am a big fan of Levi Roots as being of Jamaican heritage, and have blogged several times from this book. I am always delighted to cook/ bake West Indian food. I have had the opportunity to meet Levi before at Notting Hill carnival and every time I make or bake from his cook books I remember how friendly he was to me - I thought I would share this picture.
Here is how my cake turned out:
|West Indian cake with cream cheese topping.|
The cake turned out light and fluffy, and with the sharpness of the cream cheese topping, made the cake simply amazing! The cake is quite simple to make as I in cooperate everything in a bowl and free standing mixer and mix.
|Cake mixture in tin.|
|cake mixture in tin.|
|My loaf tin cake pre slicing with added cream cheese frosting.|
West Indian Christmas Cake, taken from levi Roots Reggae Reggae cookbook (perfect for a lovely tea time snack) - serves 16
250g/ 9oz mixed dried fruit
finely grated zest of 1 lemon
300ml/10fl ox dark rum
250g/ 9oz butter, cut into cubes, plus extra for greasing
225g/ 8oz molasses sugar (I used dark brown muscavodo sugar).
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
3 medium eggs, lightly beaten
250g/9oz self - raising flour
1 tbsp ground mixed spice
1/2 tsp ground all spice (pimento)
4 tbsp brandy, to finish.
Put the dried fruit and lemon zest into a large jar, pour on the rum and stir everything together. Seal and leave the fruit to macerate for as long as you got!
Preheat the oven to 180 C/ 350 F/ Gas Mark 4. Grease and line the base and sides of a 20 cm/ 8 inch cake tin.
Put the butter, sugar and vanilla essence into a large bowl and beat together with a hand held blender until light and fluffy. Gradually add the eggs, a little at a time, adding two tablespoons of flour to stop the mixture curdling. Sift the remaining flour, the mixed spice and all spice together, then gently fold into the mixture.
Put half the macerated fruit into a food processor and whizz until it's smooth. Fold into the cake mixture with the rest of the fruit and the rum.
Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin, smoothing over the surface and leaving a slight dip on the surface.
Bake for 1 1/4 hours or until a cocktail stick or skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. If it doesn't bake the cake for a further 15 minutes and check again. Pour over the brandy and leave to cool in the tin.
Turn the cake out of the tin and keep wrapped in foil.
For the cream cheese frosting I didn't actually follow a specific recipe as cream cheese frosting is not traditionally used with this recipe. However, a basic cream cheese frosting recipe can be found here:
My West Indian cake with cream cheese topping meets four blogging challenges. Firstly, Dom at Belleau kitchen http://www.belleaukitchen.com/, Karen from Lavender and Lovage http://www.lavenderandlovage.com/ and Kate from What Kate Baked http://whatkatebaked.blogspot.co.uk/ have joined forces for their random recipes of tea time treats.
I have also discovered some more blogging challenges (I love to hunt and find :-) ) and I believe this recipe also meets Bake Fest baking challenge which only can include vegetarian ingredients http://cooksjoy.com/blog/bake-fest-hosting-schedule and this month is hosted by The mad scientist kitchen http://madscientistskitchen.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/guest-hosting-bake-fest-11.html. I look forward to seeing all the lovely vegetarian bakes.
Finally last night I discovered a new blogging event last night Baking with spirit, organised by Cake of the Week http://www.cakeoftheweek.net/, which invited baking entries which included alcohol, this month rum. This is a new blog which I have discovered, which includes a section on healthy baking, I am sold!