Glazed Fruit and Nut Cake

    2 hours 5 min

    A delicious cake that's perfect for Christmastime. The fruit loaf is dotted with dates, cherries, pineapple and pecans, baked and brushed with golden syrup and peach brandy.

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    Makes: 1 23x13cm loaf

    • 100g plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 220g dates, pitted and chopped
    • 2 (225g) jars cocktail cherries, drained
    • 250g crystallised pineapple
    • 275g pecan halves
    • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
    • 175g golden syrup
    • 2 tablespoons peach brandy

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:1hr45min  ›  Ready in:2hr5min 

    1. Preheat oven to 150 C / Gas 2. Lightly grease and line a 23x13cm loaf tin with baking parchment. Grease the baking parchment.
    2. Mix together flour and baking powder in a large mixing bowl. Add dates, cherries, pineapple and pecans to flour. Stir to coat well. Add eggs to fruit mixture; stir well. Pour batter into prepared tin, making sure to press the mixture very firmly into the tin to eliminate air bubbles.
    3. Bake for 1 hour and 45 minutes or until cake tests done. Let cool in tin for 15 minutes. Take out of the tin and remove baking parchment.
    4. Brush golden syrup over the top and sides of cake. Brush with 2 tablespoons peach brandy. Wrap in the used baking parchment and then in foil for storage. Brush with 2 tablespoons of peach brandy each week.

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    I have made this recipe every year now when it starts to get cooler. I always get requests to bring it to the holiday get togethers. I do make a few changes though. I use raisins, dates, candied pineapple, and candied red and green cherries. I use any combinations of these, I just make sure I have the same combined amounts that the recipe calls for. I also start the night before, by soaking the raisins and dates in the brandy. It kind of plumps them up. Then I use the leftover soaking liquid to brush the bread with.  -  24 Oct 2004  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This fruitcake is the perfect size- not too big, not too small, and it is super easy to make. I also use candied cherries instead of maraschinos.  -  16 Jan 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I have not made this recipe yet but it sounds exactly like a fruitcake that I made years ago. I made it often and have never been able to find the recipe again until now. Mine came originally from the Detroit News circa early 1980's late 1970's. It was called cherry nut fruitcake and my family loved it. Happy to find it again. I am put off a bit by the photo that accompanies this recipe, it looks awful and this fruit cake is gorgeous!  -  05 Dec 2013  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)