Maggie Beer’s delicious Constitution Cake could be your new New Year tradition

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Maggie Beer’s Constitution Cake (photo from her website) is a firm favourite amongst our customers to serve at Christmas and features Quandong, Davidsons Plum, Muntries and Macadamias which are all available in the Taste Australia Bush Food Shop

Ingredients

  1. 150g quandong dried
  2. 1 1/2 cup Verjuice
  3. 50g caster sugar
  4. 120g dried currants
  5. 60g almond whole
  6. 180g unsalted butter chopped
  7. 150g brown sugar
  8. 4 free range eggs
  9. 180g self raising flour
  10. 1/2 tspn cinnamon ground
  11. 1/2 tspn nutmeg ground
  12. 180g davidson’s plums Defrosted, sliced and seed removed
  13. 120g muntries defrosted
  14. 1 lemon zest finely grated
  15. 120g candied mixed peel
  16. 120gm Dry Roasted Macadamias
  17. 100gm icing sugar
  18. 1 egg yolk
  19. 60gm dry roasted almonds

Reconstitute dried quandongs by soaking in 375 millilitres of Maggie Beer’s Verjuice and 50 grams caster sugar for 30 minutes, then boil for 5 minutes. Turn off, add currants, leave to soften for 1 hour. Drain and reserve syrup.

Preheat the oven to 220°C and grease and line a 20 cm round spring-form cake tin with baking paper.

To make the nut paste, blend 120gm roasted macadamias in a food processor, then add 100gm icing sugar and 1 egg yolk and pulse to form a stiff paste. Set aside.

In the cake mixer, cream the brown sugar and butter until pale and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, adding a spoonful of flour if the mixture curdles. Fold in the flour, spices, currants, quandongs, sliced davidson’s plums (seed removed), whole muntries, almonds and candied peel. Stir in the grated lemon zest and the reserved syrup, to give a soft batter.

Spoon half the batter into the prepared tin, then spread the nut paste over the mixture and top it with the remaining batter. Bake for 2.5 hours (or until a fine skewer comes out clean). If the top colours too quickly, cover with foil for the last hour. Leave the cake to cool a little in the tin before turning it out.

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