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Boiled Fruit Cake

Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 1 ½ hours
Serves: 10

What You’ll Need

500g Sunbeam Mixed Fruit
½ cup sherry or brandy
1 cup water
125g butter
2 tablespoons golden syrup
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 tablespoon boiling water
2 x eggs
1 cup self raising flour
1 cup plain flour
½ teaspoon mixed spice
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
blanched almonds for decoration

Method

  1. Soak fruit overnight in sherry or brandy
  2. Place soaked fruit, water, butter, golden syrup and sugar in a saucepan. Slowly bring to the boil then remove from heat and add bicarbonate of soda mixed with 1 tablespoon boiling water. Cool for 15 minutes.
  3. Add lightly beaten eggs mixing thoroughly. Fold in sifted flours, spices and vanilla essence.
  4. Place in a 20cm round or square cake tin. Decorate with almonds. Bake at 160°C for 1 ¼ to 1 ½ hours. Cool in tin.

Thermo cooker method:

1. Soak fruit overnight in sherry or brandy.
2. Place soaked fruit, water, butter, golden syrup and sugar into TM bowl and heat 7 min/100º/Reverse/speed 1. Add bicarb soda mixed with 1 tablespoon boiling water and gently stir through with the spatula – the mix will froth up but should not spill over.
3. Cool for 15 minutes in TM bowl.
4. Carefully add all remaining ingredients apart from the blanched almonds in the order listed and mix 10 sec/Reverse/speed 4.
5. Scrape down sides of the bowl and mix 5 sec/Reverse/speed 4.
6. Place in a lined 20cm round or square cake tin. Decorate with almonds. Bake at 160ºC for 1¼ to 1½ hours. Cool in tin.

 

 

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