Monday, December 28, 2009

BECKY'S BLACK FRUIT CAKE-HAPPY NEW YEAR




Becky with her dogs in Crooked Tree Village

The black fruit cake or Christmas black cake is another of the traditional aspects of the Christmas season. This cake has endless ingredients variations, but one is universal - rum, lots of it.


This cake has roots throughout the Caribbean and is usually reserved for celebratory events. It is packed with dried fruits, nuts and warm spices.
 
According to Jessica B. Harris, a culinary historian, black cake's Caribbean character is found in the rum and the cake's intensely dark colour.
 
Try my recipe, add your personal touches:

Ingredients 
Mixed (ground fruit)
Raisins (grind)
Currants (do not grind)
Prunes (grind)
Cherries (cut in half) 
1 lb butter
1dz. Egg
4 cups flour (1 lb)
4 cups sugar
1 tps. Salt
1 tps. B. Powder
3 tps. Nut Meg
4 tps. Cinnamon
3 tps. Vanilla
3 tbs. Almonds
3 tbs. rum
2 tbs. Lemon Juice
Grated lemon rind (2)
Procedure 
Grease pans.
  1. Rub butter and sugar until fluffy
  2. Beat eggs.
  3. Mix in all dry ingredients.
  4. Mix in small amounts of flour with a little of # 1. First, then mix in remaining flour into butter and sugar a little at a time and at the same time fold in beaten eggs with wooden spoon.
  5. Add grated lemon
  6. Fold in about 3 cups fruits. (Not too much liquid)
  7. Add browning and fold until desired colour.
  8. Fill pans ¾ full
  9. Bake at 350 degrees F. After cake rises, reduce heat to 300 degree F and bake for 1 ½ hrs.
For more moist cake soak the fruits in rum at least 6 weeks prior. Also sprinkle the finished cake daily with red wine or rum.
To age, store each cooled cake in a re-sealable plastic bag at room temperature for up to 2 months. 


Black Cake History: The New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2007/12/18/dining/1219-CAKE_index.html



10 comments:

Lyndon said...

That fruit cake look's real good to me,all you need is a red fanta to go along with it......

CheekyMare said...

YUM!

Linda Crawford said...

It really is YUMMY CheekyMare! You should try to make it!

L. Tillett said...

I really love this post and the Rum PoPo one too! The cake looks so moist and yummy on the slice, and it is not too black; I also love to see the fruits in the slice. Some bakers of black cake grind all the fruits, but I love the way how yours is done.

I hope to try your recipe next year!

Happy New Year Belize!!

L. Tillett

Therese R. said...

Cake looks great! I will certainly copy the recipe and try before next Christmas, so that by that time I will have it perfect. Maybe I will make a Valentines heart shaped black cake; now that's an idea....

Yvette Adolphus Quiros said...

Good to know,so when I'm in belize I will know were to go to get some good black cake......

Yvette Adolphus Quiros

Jane Crawford said...

Becky's black cake are the bestest!! :).

Linda Crawford said...

Definitely the best I've ever had, really!!

Rayford Cadle said...

Well I haven't tasted it as yet, but I believe it's good because it's in da jeans!!!!

Cassi Lyn said...

We need a care package of Belizean goodies!!