• 100g dried mixed fruit
  • 50g dried cranberries
  • 50g California walnuts, chopped +12 walnut halves to garnish
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 3 tablespoons brandy
  • 200g butter, softened
  • 200g light brown soft sugar
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 200g self-rising flour
  • 50g marmalade


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line a 900g loaf tin with baking parchment.
  2. Place the dried fruits, walnuts, mixed spice and brandy in a small saucepan and cook for 1-2 minutes until the liquid has been absorbed. Allow to cool slightly.
  3. Whisk together the butter and sugar in a large bowl until pale and fluffy, whisk in the eggs 1 at a time. Stir in the flour and then the soaked fruits, spoon into the prepared tin and bake for 50-55 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Allow to cool before removing from the tin.
  4. Warm the marmalade with 1 teaspoon water and brush over the cake, top with the walnut halves to decorate.