Nan's Boiled Fruit Cake
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Nan's Boiled Fruit Cake

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Serves 8

A Very Moist Fruit Cake - passed down from my nan

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Ingredients

  • BOILED FRUIT MIXTURE
  • 4 oz Brown Sugar
  • 8 oz margarine or butter
  • 1lb mixed fruit
  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • 1/2 Pint Milk
  • FOR THE CAKE MIXTURE
  • 4 oz Glace Cherries
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 2 oz chopped walnuts
  • 12 oz Self Raising Flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

Method

    1. Place all the ingredients for the fruit mix in a large saucepan bring to the boil and allow to cool for about 30 minutes
    2. Preheat oven to 160C / Gas 3
    3. Add the cherries and nuts stir through
    4. then add eggs and mix well, add the flour and fold through the mix.
    5. Place the mixture in a greased and floured 8' - deep cake tin. Tie some greaseproof paper around the outside of the tin so that the paper comes over the edges of the tin or optionally place over the top about half way through baking. Bake for 2 hours but check after 1.5 hours , check to see if cooked throughly with a skewer. If not bake a little further until the skewer comes out clean from the cake. Allow to cool and either decorate with marzipan and royal icing, or dried apricots and cherries and glaze with melted apricot jam or plain is very nice too.

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cathysmi
17th Aug, 2011
I put mine on 160 C and it cooks in just over one hour. In my oven it would be a burned brick if left for a lot longer!
cathysmi
17th Aug, 2011
I put mine on 160 C and it cooks in just over one hour. In my oven it would be a burned brick if left for a lot longer!
soosiemac
4th May, 2011
5.05
A totally foolproof cake. This has become a family standby for our windsurfing weekends. Keeps for about a week or more in an airtight tin (if it lasts that long). I don't add nuts as no-one likes them, and add a bit more fruit to make up for it. Super.
mbbrit
25th Apr, 2011
4.05
Beautifully moist fruit cake. Great recipe, thank you. An hour and a half was enough. Thanks, Ian's Nan.
maggiespain
30th Mar, 2011
I forgot to say i used dried cranberries instead of glace cherries as I dont like them. I also used Fructos instead of sugar as hubby diabetic worked well.
maggiespain
30th Mar, 2011
I forgot to say i used dried cranberries instead of glace cherries as I dont like them. I also used Fructos instead of sugar as hubby diabetic worked well.
maggiespain
30th Mar, 2011
sorry marked Ian comment as inappropriate but I meant to say appropriate I just read it wrong I also tried two cakes and very good
lundy14
10th Feb, 2011
2.05
Tasted lovely but i too found it very crumbly and difficult to slice.Baked it for one and a half hours.How long does it take in two loaf tins? Would love to try again but expensive when it doesn't turn out right.Would appreciate any suggestions.
annie0103
22nd Jan, 2011
5.05
My mum always used to make boiled fruit cake, I remember it well as a child waiting with my sister to clean the saucepan out with a spoon! Sadly, she can't remember making it now, so I tried this recipe and had my 16yr old son cleaning the saucepan out with a spoon too! As it was Chirstmas, I soaked the dried fruit in my husband's Spiced Rum and the cake turned out so moist, it was awesome! We couldn't see all family at Christmas, so I'm now going to make another to take to see my husbands family, also going to marzipan and ice it same as the first one. Just a lovely recipe, the cake is delicious, I'm going to make it throughout the year but without the rum (hubby's complaining his supply is drying up!) and it's going into my book to pass to my son. Thanks Ian!
nannyblake
19th Dec, 2010
hi, instead of milk and sugar i put a large tin of condensed milk in the pan with the butter fruit and spices, it was gorgeous, didnt need 2 hours put mine gas 2 , put extra spice in, will definately make another, lyn x

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