One word, brandy cake, a festive treat that is so easy to make and tastes and smells heavenly. It has all the festive elements in it, spices, dried fruits, brandy and for an extra touch also some chocolate in my case.
For the cake
- 1 & 1/2 cups flour
- 1 cup almond meal
- 1 cup almonds, toasted & chopped
- 3/4 cup brandy
- 2 cups mix of dried fruits (raisins, sultanas, dried apricot, dried figs etc)
- 1/2 cup candid orange peal chopped
- 200 g butter
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 4 eggs
- A pinch of salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp dried ginger
- 1/4 tsp cloves
- 1/4 tsp white pepper (optional)
- 1 tsp baking powder
To top the cake
- 1/2 cup brandy
- 150 g dark chocolate
- Put the dried fruits and 3/4 cup brandy in a bowl, cover and let sit for 2 hours or overnight in the fridge.
- Preheat oven at 150/160 C.
- Prepare a 20 cm baking pan with baking paper and set aside.
- Melt the butter, add sugar and the mix of brandy & dried fruits and mix well over low heat for 2-3 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and let slightly cool.
- In a big bowl beat the eggs until frothy.
- Add the mixture of butter, sugar, brandy and fruits and mix well.
- In another bowl mix the flour with almond meal, almonds, a pinch of salt, baking powder, and spices.
- Pour the dry mixture to the wet mixture and mix well.
- Pour the batter in the pan and bake for 1 hour to 1 hour of 15 minutes.
- Since the baking time is long, you should cover the cake with aluminium foil to prevent the top from burning.
- Once the cake is baked, remove from the oven and using a sushi stick, or a small knife, poke some holes.
- Pour the remaining brandy on top.
- Let the cake cool completely.
- Once it has completely cooled down, melt the dark chocolate au bain marie and pour over the top of the cake.
- Let the chocolate set before serving the cake.
- 1 cup – 1 cup or glass 240 ml
- If you can not find almond meal, make your own by blending 1 cup of almonds in a food processor until they become like powder.