2. Place the almonds and pecans
or walnuts on a baking tray and
roast until golden brown. This
takes about 10-15 minutes ? be
careful not to burn the nuts. Allow
to cool and chop coarsely. Put the
nuts, fruit, figs, cocoa, spices and
cake flour in a mixing bowl and
3. Heat the honey, sugar and water
in a saucepan and stir continuously
until the sugar has melted. Use
a wet brush to remove the sugar
crystals that form along the sides.
Bring the syrup to the boil as soon
as the sugar has dissolved and allow
to simmer for 5 minutes. Add the
syrup to the dry ingredients and mix
to form a firm dough.
4. Press the dough into the prepared
tin and press the top down evenly
with the palms of your hands. Bake
for about 50-60 minutes. Allow to
cool and sieve castor sugar over. Makes one 22cm cake.
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