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Guinness Fruit Cake Recipe

Guinness Fruit Cake Recipe

Ingredients: Makes one 23 cm / 9 in cake

225 g/8 oz butter or margarine

225 g/8 oz soft brown sugar

300 ml Guinness or stout
225 g/8 oz raisins
225 g/8 oz sultanas (golden raisins)

225 g/8 oz currants

100g/4 oz chopped mixed (candied) peel
550 g plain (all-purpose) flour
2.5 ml bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
5 ml/1 tsp ground mixed (apple-pie) spice
2.5 ml grated nutmeg

3 eggs, lightly beaten


Bring the butter or margarine, sugar and Guinness to the boil in a small pan over a low heat, stirring until well blended. Mix in the fruit and mixed peel, bring to the boil, then simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and leave to cool.

Mix together the flour, bicarbonate of soda and spices and make a well in the centre. Add the cool fruit mixture and the eggs and mix together until well blended. Spoon into a greased and lined 23 cm/9 in cake tin (pan) and bake in a preheated oven 160C/325F/gas mark 3 for 2 hours until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tin for 20 minutes, then turn out on to a wire rack to finish cooling.

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