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Easter Simnel Cake

 

.
15

Yield

12

servings

Prep

8

min

Cook

hrs

Ready

2⅔

hrs

Trans-fat Free, Good source of fiber
 

Ingredients

1 cup margarine
softened
1 cup brown sugar, light
*
4 large eggs
1 ¾ cups self-rising flour
1 ⅓ cups golden raisins
cup candied cherries
rinsed, dried and quartered
*
1 cup currants
dried
¼ cup candied fruit
mixed, chopped
*
2 tablespoons lemon zest
grated
2 teaspoons mixed spice
*
1 pound almond paste
2 tablespoons apricot preserves (jam)
*
1 large eggs

Directions

Preheat oven to 300℉ (150℃) (150 degrees C).

Grease and flour an 8 inch springform pan.

Line the bottom and sides of pan with greased parchment paper.

In a large bowl, cream together the margarine and brown sugar until light and fluffy.

Beat in the eggs one at a time.

Beat in the flour. Stir in the golden raisins, currants, candied cherries, mixed fruit, lemon zest and mixed spice.

Pour ½ of batter into prepared pan.

Divide almond paste into 3 equal portions.

Roll out ⅓ of the almond paste to an 8 inch circle.

Place the circle of almond paste on the cake batter in pan.

Cover with remaining cake batter.

Bake in the preheated oven for 2½ hours, or until evenly brown and firm to the touch.

If the cake is browning too quickly, cover with foil after an hour of baking.

Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.

Set oven to broil.

When the cake has cooled, brush the top with warmed apricot jam.

Roll out ⅓ of the almond paste into an 8 inch circle and place on top of cake.

Divide the remaining ⅓ of almond paste into 11 pieces and roll into balls.

These represent the 11 Apostles (excluding Judas.)

Brush the almond paste on top of cake with beaten egg.

Arrange the 11 balls around the outside edge on the top of cake.

Brush the balls lightly with egg.

Place cake under the broiler for 8 to 10 minutes, or until almond paste is golden brown.

 

* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 123g (4.3 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 33137% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 21%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 88mg 29%
Sodium 379mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 16%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars g
Protein 17g
Vitamin A 15% Vitamin C 31%
Calcium 15% Iron 13%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?

 

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