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Light and fruity Christmas cake


Light and fruity christmas cake

Ingredients 16
Servings Makes 1 cake
Time 15 mins

Ingredients

  • 350
    g
    glace cherries
  • 280
    g
    tinned pineapple pieces - drained weight
  • 120
    g
    Turkish dried apricots
  • 100
    g
    flaked almonds
  • 75
    g
    ground almonds
  • 350
    g
    sultanas
  • 250
    g
    butter - softened
  • grated rind of 2 lemons
  • 250
    g
    castor sugar
  • 5
    large eggs
  • 250
    g
    self-raising flour
  • For decorating the cake:
  • 50
    g
    blanched almonds
  • 50
    g
    glace cherries
  • For the glaze:
  • 100
    g
    icing sugar
 

Method

2 ¼ hours
 

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Preheat the oven to 160°C.
 



Grease and line a 23cm baking tin, make sure that your lining comes up the sides about 5cm above the top of the tin.



Quarter each cherry, rinse and drain well. 



Chop up the drained pineapple, then dry the cherries and pineapple well on absorbent paper.



Cut up the apricots into raisin-sized pieces. 



Mix the cherries, pineapple, apricots, almonds (flaked and ground) and sultanas in a large bowl and set aside. 



In a separate large bowl beat the butter, zest, sugar together until creamy. 



Add the eggs one at a time, beating between each addition. 



Stir in the flour, then stir in all the fruit and nuts.


Turn the mixture out into your cake tin, use the remaining cherries and almonds to decorate the top of your cake. 



Place the tin in the oven for 2 ¼ hours. 



The cake should be firm to the touch, a skewer should come out clean and the cake should be a golden brown colour. 



If the cake I getting a bit dark on the top and not cooked through yet, cover the top with foil and turn down the heat slightly.



Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin for at least 30 min. 



After that, you can turn it out and leave it to cool completely. 



Glaze the cake with a glace icing, by mixing the icing sugar with a little water, to get a thin icing and drizzling it over. 



Finish off with a festive ribbon.

 

Recipe reprinted with permission of Julie Donald.

 

Read more on: fruit cake  |  festive  |  dessert  |  cake  |  christmas
 

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