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    Bajan Black Cake

    Total Time:

    Prep Time:

    Cook Time:

    3 hrs 35 mins

    20 mins

    3 hrs 15 mins

    Member #610488's Note:

    This recipe is a version of the traditional fruit cakes made for Christmas but from a Caribbean point of view. This fruit cake, or variations, is served all over the Caribbean during the Christmas/New Years period. Bajan is another term for someone from Barbados.

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    Ingredients:

    Yield:

    cakes

    Units: US | Metric

    • 5 lbs mixed dried fruit (raisins, currants, prunes, cherries)
    • 1/4 lb nuts, chopped (almonds, pecans, walnuts)
    • 1/2 lb mixed citrus peel, chopped (lemon, lime, orange)
    • 1/4 lb pineapple jam
    • 2 lbs brown sugar, divided
    • 2 tablespoons mixed spice (cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, allspice)
    • 1 tablespoon vanilla essence
    • 1 tablespoon almond essence
    • 1 cup dark rum (Barbados)
    • 10 eggs
    • 12 ounces flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 lb butter or 1 lb margarine
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup port wine
    • 1 cup dark rum (Barbados)
    • 1 cup water
    • browning sauce (Kitchen Bouquet is preferred)

    Directions:

    1. 1
      Mince the fruit and soak in 1 cup of rum with spices, essences, nuts, jam and 1/4 lb sugar. Mix ingredients well and put in a jar, cover and allow mixture to steep for 3 weeks or more.
    2. 2
      When ready to bake, cook fruit over a low heat with 1 cup of water for 15 minutes. Cream the butter/margarine and remaining sugar well and add eggs beating in one at a time. Add this to the fruit mixture. Stir in enough browning to make the mixture dark brown in color. Add the flour and baking powder last.
    3. 3
      Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Place mixture into 2 baking pans that are greased and lined with 2 sheets of waxed paper. Fill the pans 3/4 full.
    4. 4
      Bake for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Test with skewer before removing from oven.
    5. 5
      As soon as cakes are removed from oven, prick all over with skewer and pour slowly over them a mixture of rum and wine which the cakes will absorb.
    6. 6
      Allow to remain in baking pans for 2 to 3 days to fully absorb liquor before serving.

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    Nutritional Facts for Bajan Black Cake

    Serving Size: 1 (5868 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 8416.2
     
    Calories from Fat 2202
    26%
    Total Fat 244.7 g
    376%
    Saturated Fat 129.1 g
    645%
    Cholesterol 1418.0 mg
    472%
    Sodium 4074.6 mg
    169%
    Total Carbohydrate 1403.5 g
    467%
    Dietary Fiber 110.9 g
    443%
    Sugars 482.1 g
    1928%
    Protein 91.3 g
    182%

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    mixed spice

    almond essence

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