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Easy pineapple fruitcake

Serves 8 - 10
Prep time: 30 mins + cooling time
Cooking time: 1hr 15 mins

It just doesn’t feel like Christmas without fruitcake. With a subtle hint of spice  and a splash of brandy, this delicious version is sure to delight. The pineapple  adds a lovely touch, and you can use any dried fruit you like to suit your own tastes. 

Ingredients

Method

  • 500g mixed dried fruit (we used mixture of raisins, sultanas, chopped dried apricots, chopped dried figs)
  • 440g can crushed pineapple in juice
  • ¼ cup brandy
  • ¾ cup Pams Sugar
  • 125g Pams Butter
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Grated zest of 1 orange
  • 2 cups Pams Flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 Pams Free Range Eggs, beaten
  • ¼ cup toasted sliced almonds
Brandy icing
  • 1½ cups Pams Icing Sugar 
  • 3 tablespoons brandy 
  • 2 teaspoons milk, approximately 
View the method
  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C (140°C fan forced). Grease and line the base and sides of a 22cm round cake tin with baking paper. Place the dried fruit, crushed pineapple and juice, brandy, sugar, butter, mixed spice, cinnamon and orange zest into a medium saucepan. Bring to the boil over medium heat, then remove from the heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
  2. Sift the flour, baking soda and baking powder into a large bowl. Add the cooled fruit mixture and eggs and stir to combine. Spoon into the prepared tin.
  3. Bake in the oven for 1 to 1¼ hours, or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool in the tin for 15 minutes before transferring onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. To make the icing, sift the icing sugar into a bowl. Stir in the brandy and enough milk to make a thin, drizzling consistency. Spread the icing over the top of the cake, allowing some to drizzle down the sides. Sprinkle with the toasted almonds to serve.

Tips:

  • For an ultra-decadent treat, when the cake is cold, use a toothpick to prick some small holes in the top and then drizzle with a few teaspoons of brandy.
  • Save time searching for ingredients by using Pams Fruit Cake Mix.
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