Rich Fruit Christmas Cake With Figs and Honey: Bee Friendly

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Bake Something Special For Christmas

This is a rich delicious moist and fruity Christmas cake, it is easy to make and be warned, it won't be around for long. Just produce your masterpiece and watch it disappear. This cake is scrumptious on it's own, but even nicer with a slice of Cheddar cheese. The cook time may vary depending on your specific oven, but the cooking time is usually between 3.5 to 4 hours. Where possible Fair Trade products were used in this recipe to support the small food producing businesses around the world.

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 3 hours 30 min
Ready in: 4 hours
Yields: 12 to 16
measure the ingredients
measure the ingredients | Source
Mix fruit and almonds in a large bowl
Mix fruit and almonds in a large bowl | Source
Cream the butter and sugar thoroughly
Cream the butter and sugar thoroughly | Source

Ingredients

  • 750g Fairtrade dried fruits
  • 100g blanched whole almond, roughly chopped
  • 100g chopped peel
  • 200g dried figs, roughly chopped
  • 100g glace' cherries, well rinsed and quartered
  • 300g plain flour
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1tsp grated nutmeg
  • 250g lightly salted butter
  • 250g Fairtrade muscovado sugar
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 2tbsp honey
  • 1tbsp black treacle
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 tsb bicarbonate of soda
  • 1tsp milk
  • 3tbsp brandy plus extra to feed
  • 35g crystallized ginger
  • 1 lemon zest
  • 1 orange zest
Turn the batter into cake tin
Turn the batter into cake tin | Source
Stir in fruit and flour mixture
Stir in fruit and flour mixture | Source
  1. Heat oven to 140/120 fan/gas. Line the base and sides of a 20cm tin, first with a double layer of brown paper, then with a double layer of baking parchment. In a large bowl, mix the fruit, almonds, peel, figs and cherries. Turn well and add the flour, spices and lemon zest. In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar thoroughly, then add the vanilla extract, honey and treacle. while still beating, incorporate the eggs, then stir in the fruit and flour mixture. Dissolve the bicarbonate of soda in the milk and stir in thoroughly. Add the brandy by the spoonful, until you have a soft dropping consistency.
  2. Turn the batter into the cake tin and make a dip in the middle using the back of a spoon. Bake for 3 hrs and 30 min. then insert a skewer, if the skewer comes out clean, the cake is ready, if there is still some mixture on the skewer, give it 10 minutes more and retest. When the cake is done, remove it from the oven and leave in the tin to cool. Next day, remove from tin, wrap in fresh grease-proof paper, and place in an airtight tin, or wrap tightly in foil. It is usual to keep the the cake for at least four weeks before icing it, and to unwrap and sprinkle intermittently with more brandy.
Leave in tin overnight
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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

TToombs08, so very nice to see you! thank you very much for taking a look and for sharing, much appreciated. I hope you'll enjoy it.


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TToombs08 3 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

This looks incredible! YUM! Voted up and shared!


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Gypsy, I hope you'll enjoy it. Many thanks for stopping by, a merry Christmas to you, and I'll be over to you later.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up. This one sounds wonderful. I'm getting hungry. Passing this on.


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Irish, do let us know when uncle Phil will be arriving. :). Like my cake, you are naughty but very nice. Take care now.


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

AnamikaS, thank you so much for the lovely comment. I hope you'll have fun with the recipe and enjoy the cake. A happy Christmas to you.


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Anamika S 4 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

That looks amazing! Pinned for reference...


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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

Irish Whiskey? OK I'll try it.


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tobusiness 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Well Irish, you've got me bang to right, I should have said more fruits. Are you sure you haven't had a slice of my cake? There may be some Irish whiskey hiding in there with the fruits.

Actually, the title is 'Rich Christmas Cake With Figs And Honey' and your uncle phil is welcome to join us for some Christmas spirit. But with all those figs, it could be a very interesting Christmas. I still think you my friend, should be on the stage. I love you too.:)


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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

Although I thank you for the recipe, I am an honest person to a fault. I do not like fruit cake of any kind. Not only have I tried it on several occasions, my brother used to put slabs of it in my shoes when I was least expecting it. Our holiday traditions were, and still are rather strange as is my brother. I am quite sure, however, that my Uncle Phil would take it in a heartbeat, sell it to the homeless and keep the money rather than spend it or help with charity. Such is the imbecile that is my Uncle Phil.

I know it is titled "Fruity Christmas Cake" but who are you trying to kid? Fruity (insert Christmas) and Cake is FRUIT CAKE!!!!

I love ya Jo but even a great individual such as yourself will NOT get me to eat any more fruit cake. Besides, the years of therapy following would cramp my style. Now that I am thinking of fruitcake I am having visions of my Uncle Phil, across a nicely decorated Christmas table, a big tin of fruit cake in front of him and his ugly mug coughing all over it. I have to go now - I think I am having a nervous fit....

Love,

Beckie XO


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tobusiness 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Imkarn, go on give it a go, it's really not that difficult to make. You are so right there is something I'm not telling...... I think you're a witch :). It's good to have a chef in the family, but not so good for the waistline, althought I don't think you have much to worry about. Stay as sweet as you are.

My very best to you.


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ImKarn23 4 years ago

i'm one of those odd people who love fruit cake - this one looks...like it should be in my fridge! lol..

i'm a little intimidated to try to actually make one though..you make it look easy...i know there's something you're not telling me...lol..

Martin and i have something in common - both our daughters are chefs...maybe his daughter could indulge me too? LOL..


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Very awesome recipe and easy to prepare !

Vote up and more !!! SHARING !


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tobusiness 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Mhatter, it's great to have a chef in the family, but remember, only a little of what you fancy...:). Thank you for taking a look. All my best.


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Looks delicious. It will have to wait till after the holidays. My daughter, the chef, is indulging my sweet tooth.


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tobusiness 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi faith, very nice to see you, I took some of this cake to work and it disappeared in about 5 minutes. Try it and let us know if you enjoy it. My best to you.


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Wow Jo!

This looks amazingly delicious. Thank you for sharing the recipe! Yum, now am so very hungry and craving this rich cake.

Voted up +++ and sharing

Blessings and love to you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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