The winning recipe from this years Wasteless Pantry Bake Off….
Old-fashioned Christmas Cake
150g pitted dates (chopped)
100g glace cherries (chopped)
75g dried cranberries
75g dried pineapple
50g mixed peel
185ml brandy (can substitute orange juice for alcohol free)
2 tsp finely grated orange rind
250g softened butter (can substitute canola oil for dairy free version)
200g brown sugar
4 eggs (can substitute 4 tsp flaxseed meal and 4 Tbsp water for egg free version)
300g plain flour (can substitute gluten free plain flour)
2 tsp mixed spice
* Blanched almonds & cherries to decorate
* 2 tbsp brandy to drizzle optional
Combine fruit and brandy in large bowl, cover with a lid and set aside for 2 days to macerate.
Grease a 22cm cake pan and line base with a reusable tray liner or grease a spring form cake pan.
Beat butter & sugar until creamy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well until combined. Stir butter & fruit mixtures together. Add flour & mixed spice. Spoon into pan and tap lightly on benchtop to release any air bubbles, arrange almonds and cherries on top.
Bake at 150C covered with a bigger cake tin for 2 hours 30 mins to 3 hours. Drizzle hot cake with extra brandy. Cool thoroughly before turning out.
[Store in an airtight dark container for up to 3 months].