RICH FRUIT CAKE
7 cups of mixed dried fruit
1 cup chopped pecans
3/4 cup brandy or apple juice
2 teaspoons vanilla essence
1 2/3 cups dark brown sugar, firmly packed
2 teaspoons grated orange rind
1/4 cup orange juice
2 Tablespoons strawberry jam
2 1/2 cups plain flour
1 teaspoon each of cinnamon, nutmeg and ground ginger
1/4 cup brandy or apple juice extra
Combine fruit and nuts in a bowl, pour brandy over, cover and stand overnight.
Grease a deep 20cm square cake pan. Line base and sides with 3 layers of greaseproof paper, bringing paper about 5cm above top edges of pan.
Beat butter, essence and sugar in a bowl with an electric mixer until combined. Add eggs one at a time, beating only until combined between each addition. Stir in rind, juice and jam. Stir in sifted dry ingredients in 2 batches. Stir in fruit mixture and mix well.
Spreadmixture into prepared pan, and bake in slow over (150C/300F) for approximately 3 hours (or when a skewer comes out clean). Brush top of cake evenly with extra brandy. Cover with foil and let cool in pan overnight.
NB: Cake can be made 2 months ahead. Do let it mature for at least 2 weeks—but a month is better—before eating.
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