Fruit Cake Recipe

Easy English Fruit Cake Recipe

If you’ve ever wanted to make your own Christmas fruit cake but been too intimated, this is the recipe for you, from Sheraton on the Park’s Head Chef David Watson. Simply marinate fruit and nuts, then let the batter sit overnight and you’re ready to bake. This Christmas fruit cake recipe is not dense like the fruit cakes you’re used to, but lovely and light and ideal served with homemade custard or ice cream.


150 gm almonds, cut in half
200 gm dried apricots
100 gm pistachio
100 gm macadamias
250 gm raisin
250 gm sultanas
150 gm dried fig
100 gm dates
250 gm black currants
200 gm red wine
150 gm green apple peeled and diced
30 gm honey
250 gm brown sugar
200 gm eggs
250 gm unsalted butter yellow
300 gm flour
2.5 gm baking powder
2.5 gm mixed spice powder
2.5 gm cinnamon powder


1. Mix the apples with all the dried fruits and nuts. Soak overnight with red wine.

2. Melt the butter, then add to all the remaining ingredients and the marinated fruit and nuts and refrigerate overnight.

3. Bake in your desired cake mold at 175C for 40-60 minutes depending on the size of the cake. A skewer inserted into the middle should come out clean but moist.

Fruit cake? Pavlova? What’s your favourite Christmas dessert?

Easy Peach Pie

Who wouldn’t love a slice of this luscious-looking peach pie? It’s so easy to make too – bake it this weekend!


500gm Pouch Fast & Fruity Peach

Sweet short pastry (23cm pie dish)

3 tablespoons cornstarch

1 cup juice (can use pre-drained Fast & Fruit to reduce liquid)

2 teaspoons lemon juice

1 tablespoon butter


1. Preheat oven to 180C. Line the bottom of a 23cm pie dish with pastry; trim even with edge.

2. In a small saucepan, combine the cornstarch, gradually stir in juice. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in lemon juice and butter. Gently blend into peaches. Pour peach mix onto crust.

3. Roll out remaining pastry; make a lattice crust. Trim, seal edges.

4. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until crust is starting to brown and filling is bubbly. Cool on a wire rack. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream…

Fast & Fruity are great tasting, pourable, 100% pure chunky fruit, with absolutely no added sugar.
They are perfect as a quick and easy breakfast topping or ingredient for anything from smoothies and baking to ice blocks and pancakes.