Classic Christmas cake
- 1 kg Asda Mixed Dried Fruit
- 100ml brandy (or rum)
- 215g butter, softened
- 215g soft brown sugar
- 4 large free-range eggs
- 225g plain flour, sifted
- 2 tsp ground mixed spice
- 1 orange, grated zest of
- 1 unwaxed lemon, grated zest of
- 75g ground almonds
- 100g glacé cherries, quartered
Put the dried fruit in a bowl with the brandy or rum. Cover with cling film and leave for 24 hours, stirring occasionally.
Line a 22cm deep round tin with three layers of baking paper. Pre-heat the oven to 150C/130C Fan/Gas 2.
Beat the butter, sugar, eggs, flour, spice, zest and almonds together in a large bowl until creamy. Stir in the cherries with the dried fruit and its liquid.
Put the mixture in the tin and wrap it.
Bake for 2 hours, then reduce the oven to 140C/120C Fan/Gas 1. Cook for another 1 1⁄2 to 2 hours or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Remove from the tin and cool on a rack. When cold, store in an airtight box or tin.