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Rich Festive Fruit Cake

This rich Christmas fruit cake is tasty and perfect for sharing over the festive period. It is baked in a Panasonic Bread Maker.
Author: www.theideaskitchen.com.au


  • 350 g Mixed Dried Fruits
  • 50 g Chopped Dates
  • 50 g Chopped Walnuts
  • 100 g Chopped Cherries
  • 250 ml Water
  • 75 g Butter
  • 3 Medium Eggs Beaten
  • 125 g Plain Flour
  • 125 g Gluten Free Self-Raising Flour
  • 1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda


  • Soak the fruits and nuts in 1 tbsp of sherry or brandy over night.
  • Place the fruits and nuts, water and butter together in a large bowl and heat until the fat has melted and the liquid is hot. This can be done on the hob or in the microwave oven. (High power for 4 – 5 minutes)
  • Allow to cool slightly, then add eggs, flour and the bicarbonate of soda. Mix well.
  • Remove the kneading blade from the bread pan and line the bottom and sides with baking parchment or a loaf tin liner.
  • Place the mixture into the bread pan, being careful to ensure that the mixture is inside the baking parchment.
  • Select bake mode and enter 1 hour on the timer.
  • After baking test with a skewer to see if the cake is cooked. If the cake does require extra time, select the bake mode again and enter a further 3- 5 minutes on the timer. If it is still just slightly sticky this will cook through during the stand period.
  • Take the bread pan out of the bread maker using oven gloves. Leave to stand for 5 – 10 minutes before removing from the bread pan and allowing to cool.