SUGAR & SPICE
No December holiday is complete without a cookie jar chock full of delicious home-made treats. This year, we’re stocking up on everything from traditional favourites and vegan varieties to no-bake options and even rusks! With something for everyone, you’l
Stock those cookie jars with our collection of sweet and savoury treats. Try not to eat them all at once
Makes 50 A LITTLE EFFORT 1 hr + 6 hrs/overnight, to dry
WHAT YOU NEED
300g salted butter
185g dark muscovado sugar
2 large eggs, beaten
60ml (¼ cup) spiced rum (optional) 500g cake flour
40g baking powder
2 tbsp mixed spice
2 tbsp ground cinnamon zest of 2 oranges
500g wholewheat flour 100g pecan nuts, roasted 100g almond flakes, roasted 290g fruit-cake mix
100g mixed peel
120g marzipan, grated
100g dried cranberries
200g glacé cherries
HOW TO DO IT
1 Preheat the oven to 180˚C. Grease and line a 40 x 30cm rectangular baking tin with baking paper. Set aside until needed.
2 Melt the butter and sugar together in a large saucepan over low heat until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from
heat and set aside to cool.
3 Once cool, whisk in the eggs, buttermilk and rum, if using. Set aside. 4 Sift the cake flour, baking powder and spices together in a large bowl. Add the orange zest, wholewheat flour, toasted nuts, fruit-cake mix, mixed peel, grated marzipan, cranberries and cherries. Mix until well combined.
5 Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and add the buttermilk mixture. Stir until just combined.
6 Transfer the dough to the prepared baking tin and bake in the preheated oven until golden brown and a skewer inserted into the centre of the slab comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside to cool in the tin.
7 Remove the slab from the tin and, using a serrated bread knife, cut the slab into 2,5cm-wide strips and then cut each strip into 8cm-long pieces. Arrange the rusks on baking trays and place them in the oven. Keeping the oven door ajar, set the temperature to 80˚C and leave the rusks to dry out, about 6 hours or overnight.
8 Store for 2 – 3 months in an airtight container at room temperature.
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