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post #16 of 23

Just checked my notes from last year.  Made a top tier fro a wedding cake as fruitcake.

 

I use an electronic, stand-alone pressure cooker with a rack to elevate the cake out of the water.  Alton Brown's recipe is nice as a fruitcake.  We also liked an amaretto cherry pecan fruitcake.

 

Once the batter was prepared, I baked it in the pressure cooker on high for 35 minutes.  I used a 7 inch springform pan.  The layers were 2 inches high and weighed about 2 pounds.

 

Put two cups of water in the pressure cooker.  Place a rack or overturned bowl in the pressure cooker to raise the cake above the water.  Lay strips of foil in a cross shape on the rack to use as a lifter to remove the hot cake from the cooker.  Cover the cake pan with an inverted plate to prevent excess water from getting in the cake.

 

I made a note to try bake even strips the next time.  That was only because it domed and i was making a layer cake.

 

If you use a different size pan or make it thicker, you will need to add more time.  However, it cuts the bake time down to minutes instead of hours.

 

Also note - if you are making many fruitcakes, baking in a traditional oven will save you time since you can fit many more.  A pressure cooker only holds one at a time.

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Originally Posted by matthewkyrankelly View Post Just checked my notes from last year.

 

Thank you so much for the detailed description!

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post #18 of 23

Anytime.  My cookbook looks like a college text with all of the notes scrawled in it.  They often save me time when I get back to the recipes.  Hopefully they can help someone else!
 

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Originally Posted by matthewkyrankelly View Post

While cheesecloth works, muslin works just as well.  It is a cheap cotton cloth used for linings.  You can buy a yard for a couple of bucks.  Wash it. Rinse it thoroughly. Cut it up and use it.

The key to preservation is the alcohol.  Brush, or soak them regularly.  Keep the cheesecloth or muslin moist with alcohol.

Has anyone else tried a pressure cooker fruitcake?

Thank you so much for this suggestion. It appears Hobby Lobby might have some muslin so I'll check that out as well when I go looking for cotton cloths.
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Originally Posted by matthewkyrankelly View Post

Just checked my notes from last year.  Made a top tier fro a wedding cake as fruitcake.

I use an electronic, stand-alone pressure cooker with a rack to elevate the cake out of the water.  Alton Brown's recipe is nice as a fruitcake.  We also liked an amaretto cherry pecan fruitcake.

Once the batter was prepared, I baked it in the pressure cooker on high for 35 minutes.  I used a 7 inch springform pan.  The layers were 2 inches high and weighed about 2 pounds.

Put two cups of water in the pressure cooker.  Place a rack or overturned bowl in the pressure cooker to raise the cake above the water.  Lay strips of foil in a cross shape on the rack to use as a lifter to remove the hot cake from the cooker.  Cover the cake pan with an inverted plate to prevent excess water from getting in the cake.

I made a note to try bake even strips the next time.  That was only because it domed and i was making a layer cake.

If you use a different size pan or make it thicker, you will need to add more time.  However, it cuts the bake time down to minutes instead of hours.

Also note - if you are making many fruitcakes, baking in a traditional oven will save you time since you can fit many more.  A pressure cooker only holds one at a time.

Wow, how cool is that?! I had no idea one could use a pressure cooker. Once I get the cloths I plan to bake (6) 6-inch rounds-- as many as I can get away with putting in the oven considering how long these take to bake. I'm so excited!
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I plan to bake (6) 6-inch rounds-- as many as I can get away with putting in the oven considering how long these take to bake. I'm so excited!

 

Two-rack baking! 

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post #21 of 23

A sense of humour is a wonderful thing  - without laughter, the world is a SUPER boring place

PS..... only smart people can read truly WITTY comments and chuckle instead of getting all miffed

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A sense of humour is a wonderful thing  - without laughter, the world is a SUPER boring place

PS..... only smart people can read truly WITTY comments and chuckle instead of getting all miffed

Hero of all time - GODOT

 

 

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post #23 of 23
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Turns out muslin is cotton. Duh. I bought 2 yards today. I'm glad to be rid of the lint. Thank you MimiFix and Matthewkyrankelly for the suggestions.
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Two-rack baking! 
I wish. I'm only going to use the middle rack. I've never been successful with using two racks at the same time.
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