Gran's Christmas fruit cake

Gran's Christmas fruit cake


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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)!


Serves: 14 

  • 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
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 120ml brandy
  • 220g raisins
  • 175g chopped walnuts
  • 265g mixed dried fruit
  • 340g butter, melted
  • 415ml brandy

Prep:15min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Ready in:1hr15min 

  1. Preheat oven to 110 C / Gas Mark 1/4. Grease and flour a tube cake tin.
  2. 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.
  3. Bake for 1 hour in the preheated oven, or until a tester inserted in the centre comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  4. Wrap cooled cake in aluminium foil. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons brandy over the cake everyday for 2 weeks. Enjoy!

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What on earth is gas mark 1/4? That equates I think to 110C? First problem I have ever had with AllRecipes. - 16 Oct 2014

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