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Chocolate Ale Fruit Cake & Baking Mad

Loaf Cakes | 6th March 2012 | By

In case anyone hasn’t heard, there is a new series of Baking Mad with Eric Lanlard coming to Channel 4; it started yesterday on 5 March at 12:05 and will run every day for 4 weeks. Each 30 minute episode will feature three members of the public who will come to his cookery school, Cake Boy, to demonstrate their baking skills and take part in a “Bake Off”. Our very own Dom of Belleau Kitchen will be featuring on 15 March.

So that I can share in the fun, I am baking one of Eric’s recipes developed especially for the series. Amazingly I still had some chocolate ale left over from the triple chocolate ale brownies I made a year ago and even more amazingly it was still potable. Taking this as a good omen I decided to have a go at making this chocolate ale fruit cake. The flour, sugar and my chosen recipe were provided by Baking Mad.

This is how I did it:

  • The afternoon before the day of baking, I placed 390g dried fruit (mostly raisins, but some pineapple & some papaya) in a bowl.
  • Added 250ml chocolate ale, gave a good stir, covered and left in a warm place (over a heater) overnight.
  • Stirred in 100g dark muscovado sugar.
  • Beat in 2 duck eggs – hooray, duck eggs are back in season!
  • Sifted in 85g self-raising flour, 100g wholemeal self-raising flour and 3 tsp mixed spice (my mix was allspice, cinnamon, mace, cloves & cayenne).
  • Folded the flour in and poured into a buttered 21.5 x 11 cm loaf mould.
  • Baked at 140C for 1.5 hrs.
  • Left to cool in the tin for 15 minutes then turned out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
This is a robust tasting cake to sustain the workers or as CT put it, “probably good with a nice mug of builder’s tea (or chocolate ale even) brought out wrapped in waxed paper from a pair of overalls for elevenses after a long session digging over the beds”. It is tangy and moist with a nice chewy texture and is delicious toasted with butter.

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    Charlotte Pike
    6th March 2012

    This looks great – what a fine specimen your loaf is. I must try and track down some chocolate ale now…

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      Choclette
      6th March 2012

      Thank you Charlotte and good luck. It’s not the easiest thing to get hold of, but then you are in London 🙂

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      Choclette
      6th March 2012

      Trouble is, it wouldn’t last very long Dom – either that or it would get mouldy!

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    Lucy, Vanilla Frost
    6th March 2012

    Chocolate ale? Sounds interesting! I’m off to set up Sky Plus for 12.05. When is Dom on? The cake looks great.

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      Choclette
      6th March 2012

      Thanks, Dom is on show on 15th March – so he tells me! I’ve updated the post now to reflect this.

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    laura@howtocookgoodfood
    6th March 2012

    I do love a good fruit loaf but this is on another level. Chocolate Ale I am now desperate to try not only in the recipe but to drink too…..sounds intriguing and surely would be the perfect tipple to accompany such a fruit laden loaf! Love all the spices you have used too xx

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      Choclette
      6th March 2012

      I’m not a great beer drinker Laura, but I did manage a whole glass of this one. It was actually rather nice and is great in baking. Robust spices for a robust cake 😉

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    Chele
    6th March 2012

    Ohhhhh – now I’ve seen your post I’m kinda wishing I had picked that from the list of recipes lol. Its looking ultra tasty I must say. Lets hope my ice cream turns out just as well as your loaf has for Baking Mad!

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      Choclette
      6th March 2012

      Swap some of your ice-cream for a slice or two of this? You make great ice-cream – it will be delicious Chele.

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    A Trifle Rushed
    6th March 2012

    Mmmm! Chocolate ale, fruit and cake, I think I could live on this. I haven’t seen Baking Mad, I’ll see if I can find it on whatever Channel 4’s catch up is!

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      Choclette
      6th March 2012

      Think it’s 4OD Jude. Unfortunately our broadband isn’t up to playing that very well, so am hoping it will be alright on the night!

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    Lauralovescakes
    6th March 2012

    I didn’t even realise there was such a thing as chocolate ale! Who needs a tea loaf when you can have an alcohol loaf! 🙂

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    avillagepantry
    6th March 2012

    You had me at pineapple, then papaya. I gave up at chocolate ale. Where can I buy this? 😉

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      Choclette
      6th March 2012

      We could do a swap – a slice of green tea loaf for a slice of this!

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    thelittleloaf
    7th March 2012

    Looks like a lovely loaf! I’m not a big fan of ale to drink but it does work well in cooking (I use it to soak fruit for hot cross buns). Love the idea of chocolate ale – definitely one to try!

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      Choclette
      7th March 2012

      Alcohol generally works better for me in cooking, but I did have a glass of this ale and it was very nice. Your hot cross buns sound delicious – any particular type of beer?

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      Choclette
      7th March 2012

      Xinmei, I’m not much of a beer drinker, but I did enjoy a glass of this one 🙂

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    Javelin Warrior
    7th March 2012

    Thanks for sharing this and letting us know about Dom – I actually have a the Cake Boy cookbook by Eric Lanlard so I’m keep to hear more about this… 🙂

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      Choclette
      8th March 2012

      I don’t have that one, but am hoping I might be getting it as a thank you for doing this post!

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    Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours
    7th March 2012

    I think that I possibly have a bottle of the same chocolate ale, from the same brownies from last year. Although I might have made a casserole with it. Possibly.

    The underside of your loaf does look remarkably brick like, all down to the loaf tin of course.

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      Choclette
      8th March 2012

      Take it you’re not an ale drinker either then Helen. I am so ridiculously unobservant, I didn’t notice it looked like a brick until it was pointed out – doh!

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    C
    8th March 2012

    Sounds great! I keep meaning to try baking with booze – perhaps not chocolate ale, but stout or similar. I’m put off by having leftovers though – I’m not a big drinker!

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      Choclette
      8th March 2012

      It should keep C if you don’t use it all in one bake. Weirdly, I was just thinking it was time I paid you a visit when your comment popped up!

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    cakeboule
    8th March 2012

    Well this is a great cake! Certainly a solid will travel well and be enjoyed experience.

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      Choclette
      9th March 2012

      Yes, it’s currently going in CTs lunch boxes to sustain him through his 15 hour days!

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    Jacqueline
    8th March 2012

    That looks really wonderful Choclette and I like the thought of chocolate ale in it. I just posted a recipe from the series too. I picked the same one as Janice, funnily enough. I am looking forward to Dom’s debut next week too!

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      Choclette
      9th March 2012

      Thanks Jac. It’s funny how we seem to be going for the same recipes. Karen’s doing this one too!

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    Johanna GGG
    10th March 2012

    that last photo looks like a brick which makes it seem dense and crunchy on the outside (not that I have ever eaten a brick) but the first one looks moist and full of good stuff – could you taste the chocolate?

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    celia
    11th March 2012

    How nice that you’re back to duck eggs! And the cake looks great – I’m a bit hooked on Muscovado sugar at the moment.. 🙂

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