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Macadamia and tropical fruit Christmas cake

Macadamia and tropical fruit Christmas cake

Filled with traditional Christmas flavours and spice, this is the ultimate Christmas dish.

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INGREDIENTS

750g mixed dried fruit
125ml brandy
50g sun-dried mangoes, roughly chopped
50g sun-dried pineapple, roughly chopped
50g dried peaches, roughly chopped
50g sun-dried bananas, roughly chopped
50g dried papaw, chopped
½ cup crystallised ginger, finely chopped
2 tablespoons flaked coconut
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and finely grated
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
1 teaspoon grated lime zest
⅓ cup raw macadamias, finely chopped
1 tablespoon golden syrup
250g unsalted butter, softened
1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
5 large eggs, lightly whisked
2 cups plain flour, sifted
½ teaspoon finely grated nutmeg
1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 ½ teaspoons mixed spice
raw macadamias for decoration
cranberries for decoration
brandy, extra

METHOD
    Combine dried fruit and brandy in a glass or ceramic bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside overnight, stirring occasionally, to macerate.

    Preheat oven to 150°C. Brush a 22cm x 7cm deep round cake pan with melted butter to lightly grease. Line the base and side with two layers of non-stick baking paper.

    Add ginger, coconut, apple, zests of orange and lime, macadamias and golden syrup to the macerated fruit mixture. Cream the butter and sugar in an electric mixer until combined; add the eggs one at a time, adding a tablespoon of the sifted flour in between each egg addition.

    Combine the remaining flour with nutmeg, cinnamon and mixed spice and fold through the creamed sugar and eggs until well combined. Spoon mixture into the prepared pan, tap the pan on the bench-top to settle the mixture and scoop center into a slight hollow to allow for rising. Place macadamias and cranberries in a circular pattern on top of cake, alternating between the macadamias and cranberries.

    Bake in preheated oven for 2½ - 3 hours, or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove cake from oven. Brush with extra brandy, wrap pan in two clean tea towels and set aside to cool completely.   Once cooled, turn cake out onto a wire rack.
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