Apricot-nut fruitcake pt 2/2

Yield: 1 Servings

Measure Ingredient
See part 1

full. Bake in the preheated oven 1½ to 1 ¾ hours for a 9- or 10- inch tube cake, about 1 hour and 15 minutes for baby loaves, until the cake top(s) aree golden brown (cracking is normal as the steam escapes) and a cake tester inserted in the center shows no visible raw batter. Cool each cake on a wire rack for 20 minutes. Run a knife blade around the cake sides to loosen, then top with a cardboard cake disk or plate and invert; remove the pan and peel off the paper. Invert again and cool the cake completely, right side up. Once cold, the cakes may be served or stored.

If you wish, wrap the cold cakes in plastic wrap, then in foil, and refrigerate them for a week or two for the flavors to mellow, then serve or freeze. Do not wrap this cake with alcohol-soaked cloths for storage. Of course, it is also fine to eat the cake right after baking. Before serving, brush the cake top with Apricot Glaze or Icing Glaze and set a few halved nuts and cut pieces of apricot into the soft glaze. Allow about 30 minutes for the glaze to set.

Apricot Glaze: Stir preserves over medium heat in a small saucepan until melted. Stir and cook about 2 minutes longer, bringing preserves to a boil.

Cook until thick enough to coat a spoon. Strain preserves through a sieve.

Cool slightly and use pastry brush to coat the cake with lukewarm glaze.

Chill cake to set the glaze.

Firm Apricot Glaze: This recipe is preferred when a glazed cake top must be held several hours before serving. The addition of gelatin keeps the glaze from melting.

Stir preserves over medium heat in a small saucepan until melted. Strain preserves through sieve. Remove solids, then return strained preserves to saucepan. Add gelatin and liqueur. Stir over medium heat until gelatin completely dissolves. Bring to a boil for barely 30 seconds, then cool slightly. Apply lukewarm glaze to cake. Chill cake to set glaze.

Basic Icing Glaze: Enough for one 9-inch tube cake. Double recipe for 10-inch tube cake.

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl, beat well, and check flavor and consistency. Add more cream to thin, more sifted sugar to thicken the glaze. It should drip from a spatula in a sheet when at correct consistency.

Recipe is from _A Piece of Cake_ by Susan G. Purdy.

Posted to EAT-L Digest 13 Sep 96 From: Felicia Pickering <MNHAN063@...> Date: Sat, 14 Sep 1996 12:23:52 EDT

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