This recipe is steeped in tradition. There are many items that can be found within the cake which suggest various different things for the recipient. If you get a ring it suggests that you will be married within one year, a coin could suggest you will get rich...
- 250ml strong cold tea
- 400g mixed fruit
- 1 teaspoon mixed spice or pumpkin spices mix + extra for the syrup
- 225g plain (all purpose) flour
- 175g brown sugar
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 2 teaspoon of baking powder
Optional traditional additions:
(to be wrapped in tin foil or baking parchment)
1 ring, 1 pea, Piece of a cloth, Money
For the glaze:
- 100g white sugar
- 100g water
- Salted Irish butter to serve
- Place the cold tea, mixed dried fruit in a bowl. Cover the bowl with a clean cloth and allow to infuse overnight.
- Pre-heat a fan oven to 160C/325F/Gas Mark 4. Grease a 2-pound loaf tin and line the base of the tin with some baking parchment.
- In a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, spices, brown sugar. Add the fruit mix and the egg. Stir in and add most of the cold tea from the soaked fruits until a loose batter is achieved.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared tin. If you are putting in a ring, coin, rag, pea etc, wrap it in tin foil or baking parchment and place it into the cake mixture at this stage. Place in the pre-heated oven and bake for 1 ½ hours.
- In the meantime, prepare the syrup. In a small saucepan, bring to the boil the white sugar and water until the sugar dissolved. Remove from the heat and add extra mixed spices. Set aside to cool until needed.
- When the cake is baked, remove from the oven and Cool in the tin for 15 minutes.
- Remove the cake out of the tin and brush with syrup. Place on a serving platter. Serve warm or toasted with some salted Irish butter.