Cranberry pecan & ginger loaf

Cranberry pecan & ginger loaf

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Prep: 30 mins Cook: 2 hrs - 3 hrs Plus cooling

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Makes two cakes. each cuts into 12-14 slices
Impress your family with Mary Cadogan’s lighter alternative to the traditional Christmas cake

Nutrition and extra info

  • Can be frozen for up to 2 months

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal347
  • fat18g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs42g
  • sugars31g
  • fibre2g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.35g
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  • 250g pack butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 175g pecan halves
    Pecan nuts



    Related to the walnut, pecans are native to America, and grow enclosed in a glossy, browny-red…

  • 250g light muscovado sugar
  • 175g dried cranberries
  • 175g dried apricots, chopped
  • grated zest and juice 1 large orange



    One of the best-known citrus fruits, oranges aren't necessarily orange - some varieties are…

  • 5 tbsp brandy



    Brandy is a distilled spirit made from virtually any fermented fruit or starchy vegetable.…

  • 4 eggs



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • 300g plain flour
  • 2 tsp each baking powder and ground ginger



    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 50g crystallised ginger, chopped



    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • 3 tbsp apricot jam
  • icing sugar, for dusting
  • 250g block marzipan
    Marzipan cake



    One of mankind’s oldest sources of sweet pleasure, marzipan needs to contain only ground…

  • extra pecans, dried apricots, vanilla pod, cinnamon sticks, sliced ginger, glacé cherries and cranberries, to decorate


  1. Heat oven to 150C/fan 130C/gas 2. Butter and double line the base and sides of a 20cm square deep cake tin with baking parchment. Grind 100g of the pecans in a food processor.

  2. Chop up the butter and put in a large heavy-based pan with the sugar, cranberries, apricots, orange zest and juice and brandy. Bring slowly to the boil, stirring until the butter is melted, then simmer for 10 mins until the fruits are plump and glossy. Remove from the heat and cool for 30 mins.

  3. Beat the eggs lightly. Sift together the flour, baking powder, ground ginger and cinnamon. Stir the eggs, ground pecans, remaining pecan halves, flour mixture and crystallised ginger into the pan, stirring until well mixed.

  4. Spoon into the prepared tin and smooth the top. Bake for 1 hr, then reduce the temperature to 140C/fan 120C/gas 1 and cook for a further 1½-2 hrs, until the cake feels firm and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cool in the tin for 10 mins, turn out, then remove the paper and leave to cool completely on a wire rack.

  5. Warm the jam with 1 tbsp water, then press through a sieve into a bowl. Put the cake on a board and brush the top with a thin layer of jam, reserving some for later. Lightly dust a surface with icing sugar, then roll out the marzipan to slightly larger than the top of the cake. Lift onto the cake, press on lightly, then trim to meet the edges. Cut in half.

  6. Brush the remaining jam over the marzipan, then decorate the tops with dried fruits, nuts and other ingredients of your choice. Wrap each cake first in baking parchment, then in foil. Store in the tin for up to 3 weeks. Can be frozen for up to 2 months.

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6th Sep, 2009
Gorgeous! Make every Christmas. Very festive and am always asked for the recipe!
2nd Apr, 2009
I make this every year and I am making this for Easter as everyone loves it. Great flavours and textures. A winner
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