Prep 20 mins
Cook 2 hrs
Rich Guinness Cake with whiskey infused fruit - from a recipe from my Grandmother who was chef in large house in Ireland in 1930's.
- 2 cups self raising flour
- 2 cups mixed dried fruit
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup butter or 1 cup margarine
- 1⁄2 teaspoon mixed spice
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cups Guinness stout or 2 cups stout beer
- Put mixed dried fruit in a bowl with couple of teaspoons of Whiskey (more if you are inclined!) Allow to soak overnight. Fruit will absorb the whiskey.
- Preheat oven to 375 or Gas Mark 5.
- Sieve flour. Combine flour, sugar, butter and spice. Crumble it with your fingers but not as fine as you would for pastry. Add fruit to dry mixture.
- Beat eggs with fork and add them to mixture. When you have mixed add the Guinness/Stout and mix well with a wooden spoon.
- Line 8 and half inch cake tin with greaseproof or parchment paper (use ready liners if available) and put mixture in tin. Put on middle shelf and cook for 2 hours. Enjoy the aroma in the house.
- Enjoy with a cup of tea or glass of Guinness!
My wife has just made this cake but it was heavy after cooking-more like bread pudding-but quite tasty.I make my own bread but do not make cakes. With my limited knowledge it occurs to me that there seems to be a lot of liquid in this recipe. My three and a quarter cup of flour and one and a quarter cup of water provide the perfect bread mix and I notice even a small amount more water has a dramatic affect.
Could this be the reason for the "disaster"?