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  • Makes 12
  • Difficulty Easy
  • 16 Ingredients

124 Comments

Christmas is just around the corner and many of us are starting to think about our Christmas menu and ways in making the Christmas table interesting and different.

Have you thought of mini fruit cake bon bons?

These bon bons look fabulous decorated in clear cellophane and ribbon and placed amongst the table setting as an alternative to traditional bon bons.  You can even place a little treasure in each for your family and friends!

They also make a delicious dessert served with hot brandy custard or for many of us who are too full for dessert – they can be taken away for a later treat.

When it comes to baking small individual items that are difficult to line I use good quality silicone cookware.  Quality silicone cookware has fabulous release properties so nothing sticks!  To cook my little bon bons, I used a Mastrad silicone 12 mini loaf pan.


Ingredients (makes 12 Bon Bons)

  • 1/3 cup sultanas
  • 1/4 cup currants
  • 1/4 cup quartered red glace cherries
  • 2 tbspn chopped dried apricots
  • 1 tbspn mixed peel
  • 1 1/2 tbspn brandy
  • 40g unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
  • 40g dark brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbspn treacle
  • 1/4 tspn vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup plain flour
  • 1/4 tspn mixed spice
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • 2 tbspn chopped blanched almonds

Method

  1. Pre-heat oven to 160°C (140°C fan forced).
  2. Combine sultanas, currants, cherries, apricots, peel and brandy, cover with plastic wrap and microwave on HIGH for 30 seconds.  Set aside.
  3. Beat butter and sugar together until light and creamy.  Add egg, treacle and vanilla and beat well.
  4. Add flour and spices and mix to combine.  Fold through almonds and dried fruit mixture and mix to combine.
  5. Divide mixture evenly between a Mastrad silicone 12 mini loaf pan. Bake for 12 - 14 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean when tested.  Allow to cool for 15 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.  Cool completely.
  6. To decorate, wrap each mini fruit loaf in cellophane, twist each side to enclose and tie with Christmas ribbon to form a bon bon.

Tip: A dried fruit medley can be substituted for individual dried fruits.
  • These would look gorgeous on the Christmas table. I e never made Christmas cake, always bought. If I did make them I would use some very festive ribbon to tie them

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  • I’m personally not a bit fan of fruit cake but would be awesome as little gifts

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  • This is such a cute idea. However, my Mum is the Christmas Cake maker in the family. Ain’t nobody allowed to take that mantle from her!!

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  • I haven’t had a good experience with fruit cake before so I’m willing to try to this to see if it’ll change my mind

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  • They look perfect as a place decoration that can be taken home when you leave. Love the recipe

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  • I like the gift presentation.

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  • What a very clever idea. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Can this recipe be made into a whole cake rather than individual cakes??

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  • This looks perfect! A great little gift

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  • This is perfect when every-one is too full from lunch/dinner! Take away fruit cake!

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  • clever idea! I have made mini christmas loaves before – now have a creative way for gift giving!

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  • Thanks for sharing this yummy looking recipe and creative idea; will keep this in mind for next Christmas.

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  • These look so cute thanks for sharing

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  • Love this idea! So pretty too

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  • A nice way of presenting a Christmas fruit cake. Would make a great teacher gift.

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