Chocolate Stout Fruit Cake

This is fruit cake is dark and rich and incredibly moist and the very best is it does not need time to ripen! You do however need to use a dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa – I used the Dark Chocolate from De Villiers Chocolates which you can order online.

500ml dark stout beer
800g mixed fruit (raisins, currants, sultanas, cherries, orange peel)
175g butter, softened
200g brown sugar
4 eggs
125g ground almonds
50g cornflour
7,5ml ground cinnamon
5ml allspice
80g dark chocolate (70% cocoa), finely chopped or grated

Pour the stout beer into a saucepan and reduce it to 200ml.
Add the mixed fruit to a ceramic bowl, pour over the stout and set aside to soak overnight.
Preheat your oven to 150℃. Line and lightly spray a 22cm cake pan. Wrap a double layer of baking paper around the outside of the baking tin and secure it with string.
Add the butter and sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat on high speed, until light and fluffy.
Turn the speed down and add the eggs one at a time, beating we’ll after each addition and alternating with a spoonful of ground almonds after each addition.
Now add the remaining ground almonds, cornflour and spices and mix together.
Take the bowl from the mixer and stir in the soaked fruit and chocolate.
Scrape the batter into the prepared cake pan and bake for 3 – 4 hours – a cake skewer should come out clean.
Remove the fruit cake from the oven and allow to cool completely in the cake pan.

The fruit cake does not need ripening but keeps really well when wrapped in a layer of baking paper and aluminium foil.

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