This is a Christmas fruit cake recipe from France. It is a light and delicious Christmas dessert or snack. I’m so happy I discovered an alternative to heavy overly sweet fake tasting fruit cake. Yipee, leave it to the French!
Provence grows most of the fruit for France. You see it sold from roadside stands along country roads. Shop windows display awe inspiring candied fruit that is made from the local fruit. Candied fruit from the town of Apt in Provence is considered the finest in France.
If you can’t get your hands on candied fruit from Apt, which many of us can’t, find candied fruit that tastes like fruit. Check your local specialty store for imported candied fruit or use dried fruit (sulfite free, if available).
Christmas Fruit Cake Recipe
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 50 minutes
1¾ cups (230g) unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
¾ tsp salt
¼ lb + 3½ Tbsp (170 g) unsalted butter at room temperature
1/3 cup (135 g) granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ cup (75 g) candied fruit, coarsely chopped
Christmas Fruit Cake Recipe step by step guide:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 C).
2. Butter and flour a 9 x 5 x 3-inch (23 x 13 x 7 ½ cm) loaf pan.
3. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together into a bowl. Set aside.
4. In a large bowl, blend butter and sugar until mixture is light and pale yellow. By hand or electric mixer.
5. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition.
6. Add vanilla extract.
7. Stir candied fruit into the flour mixture until pieces are thoroughly coated. (this prevents the fruit from falling to the bottom of the mixture)
8. Add the flour/fruit mixture to the butter mixture, stirring until just combined.
9. Turn the batter into the prepared loaf pan, rapping it sharply on a hard surface to release any air bubbles in the batter.
10. Bake in the middle level of oven until the cake has puffed and a knife inserted into the center comes out clean, about 50 minutes. (fruit will leave a sticky trail on knife but cake should be done.)
11. Remove cake from pan and cool on a wire rack.
In France this cake is served at Christmas and year round as well. I love to learn about French culture by cooking traditional French food at home.