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Overnight Fruit Cake Recipe

Overnight Fruit Cake Recipe

Ingredients: Makes one 20 cm / 8 in cake

450g/1 lb/4 cups plain (all-purpose) flour
225 g/8 oz currants
225 g/8 oz sultanas (golden raisins)
225g/8 oz soft brown sugar

50g/2 oz chopped mixed (candied) peel
175 g/6 oz lard (shortening)
15 ml/1 tbsp golden (light corn) syrup

10 ml/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
15 ml/1 tbsp milk
300 ml water


Mix together the flour, fruits, sugar and peel. Melt together the lard and syrup and stir into the mixture. Dissolve the bicarbonate of soda in the milk and stir into the cake mixture with the water. Spoon into a greased 20 cm/8 in cake tin (pan), cover and leave to stand overnight.

Bake the cake in a preheated oven at 160C/375F/gas mark 3 for 1 3/4 hours until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.

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