Fruit Cake

Fruit Cake

by Tamzin
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  • 4 oz glacé pineapple
  • 6 oz red glacé cherries
  • 6 oz green glacé cherries
  • 4 oz crystallized ginger
  • 4 oz sultanas
  • 4 oz candied peel
  • 3 tablespoons brandy
  • 9 oz Scottish butter
  • 9 oz caster sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 12 oz plain flour sieved
  • 4 oz walnuts, chopped


  • Method:
  • Wash sugar coating from cherries, pineapple and ginger in warm water and then pat dry.
  • Cut the cherries in half and coarsely chop the pineapple and ginger. Put in a bowl with sultanas and peel. Add brandy and leave to soak overnight.
  • Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  • Lightly mix eggs and then gradually beat into the creamed mixture a little at a time, adding some of the flour with the last few additions of egg.
  • Using a metal spoon, fold in the remaining flour and then the soaked fruit, with any liquid in the basin. Finally add the chopped walnuts.
  • Spoon the mixture into a greased and lined 8 inch cake tin, level the mixture and then hollow out the center slightly. Bake at 300 F degrees (150 C) for approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes. Allow cake to cool in tin.
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Author: Tamzin

Food activist and childhood nutrition advocate Tamzin Cochrane helps the busiest of people to cook up something healthy and delicious, even after a long day. She also helps companies and schools educate around—and create a culture and environment that truly supports healthy eating. Decades in the foodservice and hospitality industry have given Tamzin a well-rounded perspective on mealtime. She is passionate about bringing back the lost art of families and friends cooking together, and she loves seeing people enjoy the amazing tastes and textures of their communal effort. Inspiring children to cook and expand there horizons on food is very important. She shares this message through virtual coaching and video courses, by speaking at corporations, schools, and events, and through her recently-released video courses. Tamzin is found most often at The Pinny and Trowel Cooking School, which she opened in early 2020, it is located in Austin TX. Tamzin was born in England, grew up in Scotland, and now lives in Austin, Texas with her husband (who incidentally, is Scottish but grew up in England) and their children.

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