Rich’s Fruit Cake

The perfect cake for afternoon tea.

Rich's Fruit CakeMakes 12 slices
Time 2 hours
Calories 396 per portion
Fat 12g of which 5.7g is saturated
Suitable for freezing
Suitable for vegetarians

Mixed dried fruit 350g (12oz)
Glacè cherries 150g (5oz), roughly chopped
Mixed peel 50g (2oz)
Walnuts 50g (2oz), roughly chopped
Brown sugar 175g (6oz)
Butter 110g (4oz)
Mixed spice 1 tsp
Bicarbonate of soda ½ tsp
Milk 300ml (½ pint)
Self-raising flour 350g (12oz), sifted
Eggs 2, beaten

1 Preheat oven to 160°C/325°F/Gas 3. Place all ingredients except flour and eggs into a pan. Bring up to boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Cool slightly.

2 Add flour and eggs and stir well. Line a deep 20cm (8in) cake tin with greaseproof paper. Tip cake mixture into tin and level top.

3 Bake for 40 minutes then reduce heat to 150°C/300°F/Gas 2 and cook for 40-45 minutes or until skewer comes out clean.

4 Allow to cool in tin for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack. Remove paper and leave until cold.

Recipe taken from Dairy Diary 2011.

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