The Crazy Kitchen: Honey Fruit Cake with Honey Caramel Glaze

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Wednesday 23 September 2015

Honey Fruit Cake with Honey Caramel Glaze

A couple of days ago I was having a bit of a clear out in one of the kitchen cupboards, and discovered a few bags of opened dried fruit. Most of the bags didn't have much more than a handful of fruit in them, which is not really much use on their own, however, pooled together they were perfect for a fruit cake.

I received some Cheshire rapeseed honey recently, along with a couple of bottles of rapeseed oil , from Calvia, so decided to try it out in the fruit cake instead of using refined sugar. I also used the honey to make a delicious glaze, which was just like caramel, and would be great over ice cream.

Honey Fruit Cake with Honey Caramel Glaze

Honey Fruit Cake with Honey Caramel Glaze

450g dried fruit (I used a mixture of cherries, raisins, currants, dates, pineapple and apricots)
300ml cranberry juice
50g butter
200g honey
tsp vanilla extract
3 medium eggs
400g self raising flour, sifted

Honey Caramel Glaze
25g butter
50g honey

toasted flaked almonds (optional)

  • Add the dried fruit, cranberry juice, butter, honey & vanilla to a saucepan
  • Heat gently and stir until the butter has melted
  • Set aside to cool, or leave overnight (if you leave overnight the butter will harden a little so just bring back to a liquid by heating a little)
  • Beat in the eggs, one at a time
  • Stir in the flour until well combined
  • Pour into a well buttered spring form cake pan - I added a ring insert to mine
  • Bake in a preheated 160C oven for around 1 hour, until a skewer inserted comes out clean
  • Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the tin before turning out onto a wire rack & cooling completely
  • Make the glaze by bringing the butter & honey to the boil & simmering until it thickens
  • Drizzle the glaze over the cake and scatter a few of the almonds over the top
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If you're in the Cheshire/Manchester area you can find stockists of Calvia here, with an online shop coming soon for those further afield.

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