Yummy fruit cake
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16 (makes 16 slices)
Time to make:
1 hr 15 mins (Hands-on time: 15 mins, Cooking time: 1 hr), plus 2 hrs soaking
$0.50 per serve
(at time of publication)
Full ingredients list:
1 cup raisins
1 cup diced dried dates
1 cup diced dried apricots
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup apple juice
2 ripe bananas
2 cups self-raising flour
4 tablespoons no-added-sugar marmalade (we used St Dalfour)
Nutritional information (per serve)
Instructions and steps:
Step 1In a large bowl, stir together dried fruit, spices and juice. Soak for 2 hours.
Step 2Preheat the oven to 150°C. Mash bananas and mix them in. Add eggs. Add flour and stir. Pour into a greased cake tin. Bake for about 1 hour until skewer comes out clean.
Step 3While cake is still hot, smear marmalade on top. Some marmalade will soak into the cake.
Decorate with pecan halves or almond halves.
You can use cranberries instead of raisins, or peaches instead of apricots.
If you want an egg-free recipe, omit the eggs.
To make this cake a ‘celebration’ cake (eg. for a birthday or Christmas), dust the cool cake with icing sugar and place a few glacé cherries on top. (Did you know glacé cherries aren’t very healthy? They are made by boiling the fruit in a strong, sugary syrup. This makes the fruit lose its colour so the factory adds artificial red or green colouring.)
About this recipe
First published: August 2014