Last-minute Christmas Fruit Cake

Recipes from Gluten-free Holiday by Hannah Miles
Ryland Peters and Small

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This is a great cake to make if you discover at the last minute that you have someone with a wheat allergy visiting for Christmas. As the fruit is soaked in wine and brandy until plump there is no need to ‘feed’ the cake with alcohol, unless you wish to.

For the cake
14 oz. dried mixed fruit
⅔ cup glacé/candied cherries, halved
¾ cup ginger wine
1 tbsp brandy, plus extra for feeding (optional)
2 sticks butter, softened
1 generous cup soft dark brown sugar
4 eggs, beaten
1 generous cup gluten-free self-raising/ self-rising flour, sifted
2 tsp baking powder
1 heaped cup ground almonds
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground mixed spice/apple pie spice
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

To decorate
8 oz. golden marzipan
3 tbsp smooth apricot jam/jelly
10 oz. ready-to-roll icing/fondant
icing/confectioners’ sugar, for dusting
red gluten-free sugar candies
9″ round loose-bottomed springform cake tin/pan, greased and lined with baking parchment
holly cutter
ribbon

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Gluten-free Holiday fruit cake – Photography by William Reavell

 

Instructions
Put the mixed fruit, cherries, ginger wine and brandy in a bowl, cover and soak overnight.

Preheat the oven to 160°C (325°F) Gas 3. Whisk together the butter and sugar, until light and creamy. Whisk in the eggs. Add the flour, baking powder, almonds, cinnamon, mixed spice and vanilla, as well as the fruit and soaking liquid. Mix until incorporated.

Spoon the mixture into the prepared cake tin/pan and bake for about 1 1/2 hours, until the cake springs back to your touch and a skewer comes out clean when inserted into the middle of the cake. Leave the cake to cool in the tin for a few minutes, then turn out and place on a wire rack to cool completely. If you want to ‘feed’ your cake, pierce small holes in the top and spoon over a few tablespoons of brandy.

When you are ready to serve, dust a surface with icing/confectioners’ sugar, and roll out the marzipan to a 5 mm/ 1/4 inch thickness. Using the washed and dried base of the cake tin as a template, cut out a 23-cm/ 9-inch circle of marzipan. Gently heat the apricot jam in a saucepan, and brush over the top of the cake using a pastry brush. Using a rolling pin, life the marzipan circle on to the cake and press down.

Roll out 250 g/ 8 oz. of the ready-to-roll icing/fondant and cut out a 23-cm/9-inch circle, using the same method as above. Brush the top of the marzipan with more apricot jam, and place the icing circle on top. Crimp the edges of the ready-to-roll icing and marzipan into pretty patterns. Roll out the remaining icing, and cut out holly leaves. Fix the holly leaves to the top of the cake using a little of the apricot jam and tie a ribbon around the edge of the cake. Add red candy ‘berries’.

The cake will keep for up to 5 days in an airtight container. Alternatively, wrap the un-iced cake in baking parchment and clingfilm/plastic wrap and store in an airtight container. Unwrap the cake and ‘feed’ it with several spoonfuls of brandy each week.

Serves 8–12

Salmon Stuffed Baked Potato and Apple Cider Peas

Recipe by Chef Kerry Sear

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INGREDIENTS:
4 4oz fillets of salmon (skin off )
4 Russet potatoes
4 tbsp butter
1/2 cup apple cider
2 cups peas
salt and pepper

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 350°F.

Wrap Russet potatoes in foil and place in oven for approximately 40 minutes or until done.

Season salmon fillets with salt and pepper. In a medium sauté pan, sear salmon on both sides.

With a knife, partially cut the cooked Russet potato down the middle, lengthwise. Scoop out a little of the potato inside. Place the salmon fillet inside the potato and cover the salmon with the potato that was scooped out. Pat with 1 tablespoon of butter on each potato. Reform the potato into shape. Place potato in oven for approximately 15 minutes or until salmon is cooked to desired temperature.

Heat the apple cider in a small saucepan. Add peas. Cook until peas are done. Season with salt and pepper.

To serve, take the potato out of the oven, cut in half to show salmon and serve with peas.

Serves 4

Baked Beecher’s Cheese Sandwich, Applesauce and Apple Fries

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A recipe by Chef Kerry Sear.

 

INGREDIENTS:

8 slices thick white bread

8 ó inch slices of Beecher’s Flagship cheese

4 tbsp softened butter

1 cup panko bread crumbs

4 whole Washington apples (peeled, cored, and sliced)

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1 pinch nutmeg

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 cup dried apple chips

2 Russet potatoes, peeled

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat oven to 375°F.

In small saucepan, add apples, cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar. Cook until soft. Blend in a food processor until smooth. Refrigerate to cool.

In a food processor, blend the apple chips until they reach a powder consistency.

Cut Russet potatoes into wedges. Lay on a greased baking sheet, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake at 375 degrees for approximately 20-30 minutes until the potatoes are crispy and cooked through. When they come out of the oven, sprinkle with apple powder.

Spread the softened butter on all slices of bread. Place the cheese slices between two with buttered side facing out, then coat the sandwich in panko bread crumbs.

Heat an oven-safe sauté pan with butter. Place the sandwich in the sauté pan and brown on both sides. Place sauté pan in the oven at 350 degrees until cheese is melted.

Serve sandwich with cold applesauce and fries.

Serves: 4

Harvest Icebreaker

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Time to welcome autumn and warm up the spirits with a spicy hot cider drink.

Harvest Icebreaker
Ice
1 oz. vodka
4 to 5 oz. apple cider
Ground cinnamon
Sugar
1 apple
Caramel apple dipping sauce
Fill a shaker with ice. Add vodka and apple cider. Add a few shakes of ground cinnamon. Strain into a microwave-safe container. Microwave until hot, but not boiling (about 30 seconds).Rim a coffee mug or other hot beverage glass with sugar. Transfer warm beverage to rimmed glass.Garnish with a second dash of cinnamon and an apple slice that has been coated with caramel apple dipping sauce.Top with whipped cream if desired.

For more drink recipes, visit: Iceberg Vodka

Pear Apple Tart by Lesley Anton

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Enjoy Lesley Anton’s Pear Apple Tart Recipe–her favourite after school treat while growing up in Nebraska. For more about ceramic artist Lesley Anton, check out Issue 9, Industry Profile.

Ingredients:
1 sheet puff pastry
2 tsp orange marmalade
2 tsp cream cheese
1/4 tsp almond extract
1 apple
1 pear
1/2 tsp butter
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp sugar
Directions:
Preheat oven to 425 °F.
Roll out the puff pastry 1/8′ thick on a floured wooden surface. Transfer the pastry to a baking sheet.
In a small bowl, mix marmalade, cream cheese and almond extract. Spread the mixture on to the puff pastry leaving 3/4′ around edges.
Slice the fruit thinly and place each slice on top of the pastry, overlapping the slices and alternating between apples and peaches.
Brush melted butter on the apple and pear slices and sprinkle salt and sugar.
Bake for 25 minutes or until golden.
Read the entire article ‘Industry Profile – Lesley Anton’ in Issue 9 of Dabble