All of the flavours of a traditional Christmas pudding combine in this simple loaf cake. There's a lot of ingredients, but you basically just throw everything into a bowl and mix it together before baking - it's easy as pie (or cake)!
- 400g mixed dried fruits
- 100g glace cherries
- 140g each butter and brown sugar
- 100g white breadcrumbs
- 85g self-raising flour
- 2 eggs
- 1 dessert apple
- Zest of an orange and a lemon
- 4 tbsp. brandy
- 2 tbsp. golden syrup or treacle
- 2 tsp. mixed spice
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- Good pinch salt
- 25g each chopped roasted pecans, walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts
Combine the dried fruit, cherries, apple (cored and grated), orange zest, lemon zest and brandy in a bowl. Cover and leave in the fridge overnight.
Grease and line a loaf tin and preheat the oven to 160C. Boil a kettle and get a roasting tin larger than the loaf tin ready.
Beat the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Sift in the flour, mixed spice, cinnamon and salt and stir to combine. Fold in the breadcrumbs and soaked fruit mix, along with the syrup and the mixed nuts. Spoon into the loaf tin.
Smooth the top and cover with foil. Put the loaf tin into the roasting tin and into the oven. Pour the boiling water into the roasting tin so that it comes halfway up the sides of the loaf tin. Bake for 40 minutes, then turn the oven down to 140C and bake for another hour and a half or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.