Christmas Cake Recipe - 13cm Cakebox

      • 600g mixed dried fruit
      • 125g butter
      • 125g brown sugar
      • 1 tsp golden syrup
      • zest and juice of ½ lemon
      • ½ tsp mixed spice
      • ½ tsp cinnamon
      • ¼ tsp curry powder pinch salt
      • 35g (½ packet) chopped blanched almonds
      • 2 Tbsp brandy or rum
      • 2 tsp cornflour
      • 2 eggs, beaten
      • 125g flour
      • ½ tsp baking powder
      • ¼ tsp baking soda

    Put fruit, butter, sugar and golden syrup into a saucepan and bring to the boil, stirring to stop the mixture burning. Add lemon, spices, salt, chopped almonds and brandy.

    Stirring continuously, simmer for 5 minutes, then add cornflour. Mix well and remove from heat. Leave to cool thoroughly.

    Beat eggs. Sift flour, baking powder and baking soda, add alternately to fruit mixture. Mix well, then spoon into the lined cakebox.

    Bake at 150˚C for 30 minutes, then 120˚C for 2 - 2½ hours. Cool in the box.

    Baking tips

    1. If your cakes are sinking in the middle, try adding 1/2 cup more dried fruit (per kg of fruit). I like to add currants and dried figs.

    2. Add extra roasted almonds for more texture.

    3. Cutting down on sugar? Omit the colden syrup and reduce the brown sugar by 1/4. Add extra dried fruit including figs instead.