Simnel Cake

simnelcake

Ingredients
120g butter
120g sugar
175g flour
3 eggs
100g raisins
100g sultanas
100g currants
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla essence
Zest of a lemon
A pinch of salt
Apricot jam
Spice mix
3 cloves
Half of a cinnamon stick
Grains of 4 cardomom pods
1 tbsp sugar
Marzipan
140g almond powder
140g sugar
20 g icing sugar
1 egg beaten
1 tsp vanilla essence

Method

Firstly make marzipan & keep aside.
Grind the spice mix into fine powder.
Preheat the oven to 180°C.
Cream together the butter, sugar & salt .
Add beaten eggs.
Sieve the flour and baking powder together and fold into the cake mixture.
Then add baking powder, vanilla essence & zest of an orange
Mix well along with dried fruits & pour the batter into the greased cake pan.

Bake until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean (30-35 mn).
Spread apricot jam over the cake.
Half the marzipan mix. Make 11 marble sized balls & keep aside.
Add some milk to the other half & spread over the fruit cake.
Place eleven balls & return to the oven for another 10mn.
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Simnel Cake is prepared  for Easter.
Eleven marzipan balls represents the trustworthy apostles of Jesus Christ. Twelth apostle Judas is excluded beacuse he betrayed Jesus.

JOYEUSES PÂQUES !