1. Line a 23cm cake tin with a double layer of Glad Bake. 2. Combine all fruits, marmalade, Cointreau and spices in a large saucepan. Slowly bring to the boil, then cover and remove from heat. Allow the mixture to sit overnight. 3. Pre-heat oven to 130deg.C. Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Sift flour and baking powder and add to the creamed mixture with the fruits. 4. Spoon mixture into tin and smooth over the top surface. Sprinkle over the nuts and press lightly into the cake mixture. Bake for about 2 hours or until cooked when tested with a wooden skewer. 5. Remove cake from oven and brush with Cointreau immediately. Cover with foil and follow instructions in the Fruit Cake Notes. Fruit Cake Notes 1. Choose good quality dried fruit and nuts - check that nuts are fresh without the taint of rancidity. For a fine texture in the cake, cut all fruit to the size of a sultana. Any combination of fruit can be used - it must be equal weight to that used in the recipe. Make sure the flavours are complimentary. Soak fruit, if necessary, at least overnight. Cover fruit while soaking to prevent evaporation of liquid. 2. Lining the tin - use brown paper, greaseproof paper or Glad Bake. It is best to use 2 layers. 3. Butter - use unsalted butter. 4. Eggs - large hens eggs or ducks eggs can be used. 60g. hens eggs are used in these recipes, so if using ducks eggs, weigh them in their shell for the equivalent weight to hens eggs. 5. Sugar - when white sugar is required, use caster sugar. For a darker colour, use brown or black sugar, golden syrup or treacle. Artificial dark colour can be added with Parisien essence but it has no flavour. 6. Alcohol - Medium sherry, dark rum, whisky, brandy or orange-flavoured liqueur (Cointreau or Grand Marnier) are the usual flavours for fruit cakes. Brush 1-2 tablespoons over the cake immediately it is removed from the oven. Then cover the cake firmly with a double layer of aluminium foil while the cake is still hot and leave aside until completely cold. 7. Tapping - After putting mixture in the tin and smoothing the surface, drop the tin 3 times to remove air bubbles. 8. Cooking - Times are difficult to estimate because we all use different ovens. If the cake is becoming too dark, lower the temperature and cover with some brown paper. If using a convection oven, use low fan speed or no fan. Fruit cakes are best cooked slowly on low temperature. 9. Storage - When the cake is completely cold, remove from the tin but leave the Glad Bake intact and wrap in a double layer of plastic wrap. Do not leave foil in contact with the cake as the alcohol will pit the foil. Then wrap the cake in an old clean towel and store in a cool, dark, dry place in the pantry. Once the cake has been cut, store in a well-sealed container. Do not store in the refrigerator - this may cause the sugars to crystallize. Per serving: 6838 Calories (kcal); 304g Total Fat; (39% calories from fat); 102g Protein; 953g Carbohydrate; 1295mg Cholesterol; 896mg Sodium Food Exchanges: 13 1/2 Grain(Starch); 6 1/2 Lean Meat; 0 Vegetable; 37 Fruit; 55 1/2 Fat; 9 1/2 Other Carbohydrates Converted by MM_Buster v2.0n.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (2836g)|
|Recipe Makes: 1 servings|
|Calories from Fat: 3250 (37%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 361.2g||482 %|
|Saturated Fat 164.2g||821 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 124.6g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 35.6g|
|Cholesterol 4767.5mg||1467 %|
|Sodium 1993.8mg||69 %|
|Potassium 7973.3mg||210 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 1186.9g||349 %|
|Dietary Fiber 44.7g||179 %|
|Sugars, other 1142.2g|
|Protein 198.8g||284 %|
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