About this recipe:This is a take on the classic Christmas fruit cake like gran used to make with the beloved spices, fruits and nuts baked into a tube cake tin, then soaked daily with brandy for two weeks, just in time for Christmas (as long as you plan ahead)!
440g dark brown soft sugar
375g plain flour
1 tablespoon bicarbonate of soda
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons ground cloves
2 tablespoons ground allspice
2 tablespoons ground nutmeg
2 tablespoons lemon zest
2 tablespoons grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
175g chopped walnuts
265g mixed dried fruit
340g butter, melted
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Method Prep:15min › Cook:1hr › Ready in:1hr15min
Preheat oven to 110 C / Gas Mark 1/4. Grease and flour a tube cake tin.
In a large bowl, combine sugar, flour, bicarb, spices, eggs, lemon rind, vanilla, 120ml brandy, fruit, nuts and melted butter. Mix thoroughly and pour into prepared tin.
Bake for 1 hour in the preheated oven, or until a tester inserted in the centre comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
Wrap cooled cake in aluminium foil. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons brandy over the cake everyday for 2 weeks. Enjoy!