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Thelma's Amazing Fruit Cake

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Serves 1 - 12 Slices

Egg-free fruit cake with no added sugar or fat, which tastes amazingly good!

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  • 284ml (1/2 pint) cold water
  • 227g (1/2 lb) pitted dates
  • grated rind and juice of one orange
  • 454g (1 lb) mixed fruit
  • 56g (2oz) ground almonds
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 170g (6oz) wholemeal flour
  • 1 tbsp carob powder (optional)
  • Flaked almonds


    1. Put the dates and the water in a pan and simmer until the dates start to break up. Remove from the heat and add the orange juice.
    2. In a bowl, mix all the other ingredients together.
    3. Combine the date mixture with the other ingredients and transfer to a greased and lined loaf tin. You can use one 2 lb tin or two 1 lb tins.
    4. Bake in an oven preheated to 160C / gas mark 3 for an hour and a half to an hour and three quarters.
    5. Allow to cool in tin for 15 minutes, before turning out on to a wire rack to cool completely.

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7th Dec, 2010
I forgot to say that you should sprinkle the cake with the flaked almonds before baking!
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