Traditional Boiled Christmas Fruit Cake Recipe

This is probably better late than never (given that it is January and Christmas was less than a month ago), but it really is a beautiful recipe, well worth a try! My mum has been making this each and every Christmas (and other times during the year when we can persuade her) since before I was born. The recipe has been handed down from by paternal grandmother, so it really is quite special (and is a very easy way to make a moist Christmas cake).

Traditional Boiled Christmas Fruit Cake Recipe Ingredients

  • 250g butter, chopped in small pieces
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp bicarb soda
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • Handful blanched almonds, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup sugar (raw or caster)
  • 275g mixed fruit
  • 100g grated granny smith apple OR crushed tinned pineapple
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 & 1/4 cups plain flour, sifted
  • 1 cup self raising flour

Traditional Boiled Christmas Fruit Cake Recipe Method

Preheat the oven to 130°C. Place all ingredients except the eggs, plain and self raising flours in a large saucepan. Bring the mixture to the boil over a medium heat, stir well and then simmer for 7 minutes. Remove from the heat, add the flours into the mixture, along with the beaten eggs and mix well with a wooden spoon to combine.

Grease a 24cm x 6cm square cake tin well and line with baking paper. Pour in the mixture and bake for approximately 2 hours. Test the cake every 1/2 hour after the first hour with a cake skewer to check if it is cooked (cake should be moist once cooked).

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