Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Mincemeat Cake

Although there is nothing wrong with a delicious mince pie, I thought it would be nice to try out something else with mincemeat. I've added orange zest, which I think adds to the heady spice, but you can try other things if you want. It really depends on the mincemeat you use. If you think it needs some bolstering, you could try some mixed spice, lemon, or even some more booze if you think it needs it. Feel free to experiment!

Prep time: 10 Mins
Baking time: 50-60 Mins
200g Unsalted butter (Softened)
150g Soft Brown Sugar
3 Large Eggs
Zest of 1 Orange
200g Mincemeat (About half a jar)
1Tsp Baking Powder
225g Plain Flour

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4 and grease/line the base of a 20cm deep loose bottomed tin. Cream together the butter and sugar, then beat in the eggs one at a time. Fold through the orange zest, followed by the mincemeat. Sift in the flour and baking powder, then mix it all together and spoon in the tin. Bake in the centre of the oven for about 50 - 60 minutes, or until a metal skewer comes out clean from the middle. You might find you have to cover it for the last 10 minutes if it starts to brown too much on top, so keep some baking paper or foil handy just in case. When it's finished baking remove the cake from the oven, let it cool for about 20 minutes in the tin, then turn out onto a wire rack. When it's completely cool slice and enjoy, ideally with a nice cup of tea!

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