Mulled wine just has such a beautiful flavour and a warm, happy feeling that I can’t resist this recipe each Christmas although it does seem to fit a cold Christmas more (by name that is, it tastes great in summer, to!)
1 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1 cup plain flour
1 cup wholemeal plain flour
450g sultanas (or 400g plus 50g dates, chopped)
250g dried cranberries
450g crushed pineapple
2 Tablespoons mulled wine
Put the mulled wine, butter, suagr, dried fruit & pineapple in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Add baking soda then simmer & stir for about 5 minutes.
Allow to cool before mixing in everything else.
Pour into a cake tin (silicon one works well I’ve found) then bake at 180C for about 60minutes. Cook for up to another hour at 150C when it is firm to touch.
If it gets too brown as it cooks, cover with foil.
Cool in tin then enjoy. Serves about 24 people at a party or about two serves each in my family if we have it for dessert…
* Mulled wine can be bought in some places apparently, but it’s easy to make. If you need some quickly for this recipe, just heat some red wine gently with cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and (preferably) lemon rind. what ever’s left over is lovely to drink under a Christmas Tree 🙂