Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins
Christmas time in South Africa is the hottest time of the year. These rich fruit cake type squares were a part of our cold Christmas buffet usually eaten around the family pool.
- 1⁄2 cup margarine or 1⁄2 cup butter
- 1⁄2 cup brown sugar
- 1⁄4 cup citrus mixed candied peel
- 1⁄4 cup dried currant
- 1⁄2 cup golden raisin
- 1⁄2 cup dark raisin
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 200 g coconut cookies, broken into 1 inch pieces, Peek Frean's Nice or Tennis biscuits can be used
- Melt margarine.
- Add sugar and mixed dried fruit.
- Boil gently for 10 minutes on low heat, stirring it so that it doesn't burn.
- Remove from heat and add vanilla extract and beaten egg, stirring all the while so egg doesn't curdle.
- Gently fold in the broken cookies.
- Press into a 9" x 9" square pan.
- Refrigerate and cut into squares when completely cool.
- Store in the fridge.
Ahh - this brought back memories! I didn't have all the fruit, nor did I have coconut cookies (oh for a Tennis Biscuit!), so I used one cup of light raisins, a 1/4 of a cup of coconut and a 1/4 cup candied orange peel. I added a tablespoon of syrup to the butter-sugar-fruit mixture and I used a plain vanilla cookie. It turned out really well - with a lovely caramel taste. Be careful when adding the egg - add slowly and stir rapidly (otherwise you will have scrambled eggs!).
Fantastic recipe for a no bake fruit cake! Could play with different dried fruits and cookies.
Made these for a walk down memory lane ... and they were a HUGE success in my 'new' homeland. Like the previous reviewer, I also used plain vanilla cookies ("biscuits" as we say at home...). I let the mixture cool for a few minutes before adding the egg - or indead, one does get scrambled eggs. And yes - stir like crazy when you add the egg.