100g glace cherries, rinsed and quartered
100g dried apricots, quartered
50g mixed candied peel, finely chopped
6 tbsp brandy
250g plain flour
½ tsp mixed spice
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
50g flaked almonds, roughly chopped
1 orange, zest only
½ lemon, zest only
250g butter, softened
250g dark brown sugar
4 large eggs
2 tbsp black treacle
A deep 20cm round or 18cm square cake tin
Place all the fruits in a bowl and pour over the brandy. Stir well and place in your Warming Drawer or a warm oven set to 60°c for 2 hours. Grease and double line with greaseproof paper a 20cm cake tin.
Select the Conventional Heat function and preheat the oven to 140ºC. Alternatively, use the Automatic Programme for Rich Fruit Cake and follow the instructions on the oven display.
Sieve the flour and spices into a large bowl and stir in the almonds, orange and lemon rind. Cream the softened butter and dark brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time followed by the treacle.
Gradually fold in the flour, spices, almonds and rinds. Fold in the soaked fruit. Mix well to combine and distribute the fruit throughout the mixture. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and smooth off the surface with a palette knife. Cover the top of the cake loosely with a double circle of greaseproof paper.
Place in the oven using the wire rack on shelf 2. Bake the cake for one hour at 140°C then reduce the oven temperature to 120ºC and continue to bake for a further three hours or until the cake feels firm to the touch and a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. This multi-stage process can be automatically created at the start of cooking under the User Programmes function on the oven so that the oven will complete all of the cooking stages on its own.