Fast and fabulous French fruit cake

Fast and fabulous French fruit cake


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About this recipe: Eliminate all of that preparation, waiting and soaking time from a classic fruit cake recipe and you have what is known as 'French fruit cake'. All the yumminess of the traditional Christmas loaf laden with candied peel, fruit, nut and rum - but without the wait!


Serves: 12 

  • 170g candied orange peel
  • 60g chopped walnuts
  • 70g raisins
  • 70g sultanas
  • 2 tablespoons plain flour
  • 115g butter, softened
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons evaporated milk
  • 2 tablespoons dark rum
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 190g plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Prep:20min  ›  Cook:55min  ›  Ready in:1hr15min 

  1. Toss the candied orange peel, walnuts and raisins with 2 tablespoons flour. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl cream the butter with the sugar and honey. Beat in the egg, then the milk, rum and vanilla. Stir together the remaining 190g flour and the baking powder; beat into the creamed mixture. Stir in the fruits and nuts. Turn the mixture into a greased and floured 2 lb (900g) loaf tin.
  3. Bake in a preheated 180 C / Gas 4 oven for 10 minutes. Lower the heat to 170 C / Gas 3. Bake the cake 45 minutes longer, or until it tests done with a skewer. Transfer to a rack to cool.

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