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The Nest Recipe: Irish Fruit Cake

Round cake tin - lined with baking paper

In a saucepan put:

6oz/175g Butter

4oz/100g Granulated sugar

12oz/350g mixed dried fruit

1 Tablespoon Marmalade

1 tea cup/ 200ml Milk

Melt slowly until fruit swells, but take care NEVER BOIL. Stir well and allow to cool.

Now add:

8oz/225g plain flour

1 egg, beaten

1/2 teaspoon mixed spice

1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

1/2 teaspoon almond essence

Stir well and put in a pre heated oven at 150˚C for 2 hours.

Check at 1 hour 45 and test with a skewer, when baked take out and let cool IN THE TIN.

Simply sprinkle with granulated sugar or for high days and holidays cover top with marzipan and decorate...with mini eggs for Easter...

Store wrapped in grease proof paper in a cake tin.


This recipe was kindly provided by Neil from The Nest near Ledbury, a Family Friendly Deli Cafe serving local and Artisan produce. You can find The Nest on the Hereford Road, a few miles outside Ledbury.