Super-healthy fruitcake

Super-healthy fruitcake
Preparation time
30 mins
Cooking time
180 mins
Difficulty
easy
Serves
30 people
Desert

Our simple fruit cake recipes are delicious and healthy cakes to serve for the holidays or for a special occasion. Our recipes for fruit cake, including Christmas fruit cake recipes, upside-down cake recipes and Bundt cake recipes, are lighter fruitcake recipes perfect for a healthy dessert. Try our recipe called Everyone Loves This Fruitcake for a traditional fruitcake recipe for the holidays.

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Super-healthy fruitcake

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Ingredients

  • 500g sultanas
  • 1 x 375g pkt raisins, coarsely chopped
  • 1 x 300g pkt currants
  • 250g pkt Angas Park Soft & Juicy Figs, coarsely chopped
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) brandy
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) apple juice
  • Melted butter, to grease
  • 200g 60% less fat margarine
  • 55g (1/4 cup, firmly packed) brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 egg whites, at room temperature
  • 115g (1/3 cup) St Dalfour Orange Marmalade
  • 300g (2 cups) wholemeal plain flour
  • 75g (1/2 cup) wholemeal self-raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • Blanched almonds, to decorate
  • 80ml (1/3 cup) brandy, extra

Instructions

  1. Combine the sultanas, raisins, figs, currants, apple juice and brandy in a large glass or ceramic bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside, stirring occasionally, for 6 hours to macerate.
  2. Preheat oven to 150°C. Brush a round 22cm (base measurement) cake pan with melted butter to lightly grease. Line the base and sides with 2 layers of non-stick baking paper to reach 6cm above the edge of the pan.
  3. Use an electric beater to beat the margarine and sugar in a bowl. Add the eggs and egg whites, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition until combined (the mixture may curdle at this stage – this is due to the high proportion of eggs to butter and doesn’t affect the result). Add the marmalade and beat until well combined. Add the combined flour and mixed spice, and fold until just combined. Stir in the sultana mixture. Spoon into prepared pan and smooth the surface. Tap the pan on the benchtop to settle the mixture. Arrange the almonds over the top.
  4. Wrap the outside of the pan with 3 layers of newspaper, rising slightly higher than the baking paper. Secure with kitchen string. Bake, covering with foil if necessary to prevent overbrowning, for 3 hours or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  5. Pour the extra brandy over the hot cake. Wrap the pan in a clean tea towel and set aside overnight to cool completely. Serve.
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