This week’s recipe has a Caribbean twist to it. As I have Jamaican roots, I want to share with you this simple, yummy recipe. Jamaican Fruit Cake Cookies are light and fluffy, absolutely scrumptious. They are the cookie version of a fruit cake. The pecan nuts give the recipe an added texture. This treat can be served with hot custard or topped with whipped cream, or simply served plain. Try this simple recipe and enjoy.
l112ml buttermilk (112 ml milk, add 2 tablespoons lemon juice, stir and set aside)
lLine baking tray with baking paper. Alternatively grease and spray baking tray, or you may sprinkle base with flour.
lReserve a handful of the flour to mix with the fruit in a small bowl; combine remaining flour with the salt and baking soda in a large bowl.
lAdd the dry ingredients alternately with the buttermilk, stirring until smooth paste.
lIn a separate bowl, add pineapple, apricot, cherries, raisins and handful of flour and mix together.
lMeasure spoonfuls of batter, and place onto greased baking paper, leaving 11/2 to 2 inches between cookies.
lBake at 190°C for 8-13 minutes. Use a knife and insert it into the centre of cookies. If it comes out clean, cookies are ready. If knife has dough remaining on it, cookies are not ready. Leave for additional five minutes. Keep checking. Do not overbake.
lLet cookies cool for 15 minutes, then turn onto a wire rack so as to cool completely.
lServe with hot custard or whipped cream, or plain. Cookies can keep for up to 3-4 days if stored in an airtight container.
lRemember, always check a few minutes before the stated baking time, and record it so as to monitor baking time.
lIf you fancy crispy cookies, leave cookies to dry in open air uncovered. If you like them soft; cover them with a dish towel as they cool. This preserves the moisture.
Pay special attention to key instructions like “cream until light and fluffy”, “mix until just combined” and “fold in gently”. Overmixing overdevelops gluten and deflates the air pockets you worked so hard to create, as does a vigorous or overzealous folding motion. A note on sifting ingredients: Unless it’s ultralight, ultra-delicate cake flour, or powdered sugar that needs as much aeration as it can get, it’s a step you can skip.
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