Granny's never-fail fruit cake recipe

Granny's never-fail fruit cake recipe from Gally

nut free kids can help can make in advance ok to freeze vegetarian low fat
Category Cakes and biscuits recipes
ServesDepends on size of slices!
Prep time25 mins
Cook time60 ish mins

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225g (8oz) self-raising flour
340g (12oz) mixed dried fruit
115g (4oz) margarine
1 egg (beaten) (you can use 2 if you like)
8 tbsp (1/4 pint) water
115g (4oz) brown sugar
Pinch of mixed spice


1. Put water, margarine, sugar and fruit into a pan, bring to the boil and simmer for 20 minutes. Cool.
2. Add egg(s) and stir in flour and spices.
3. Place mixture into an 20cm/8" prepared tin and bake in a very moderate oven, (150C/300F/Gas mark 2/3) for about one hour.

gransnetter Reviews

From: cakengifts on Sat 20-May-17 12:11:55 Overall rating: 0.0
Wonderful recipe!!! Next tomorrow i will make it 2nd time for my whole family. I saw such a good site i.e :
From: CarolSinger on Tue 20-Dec-16 10:40:23 Overall rating: 10.0
Thanks for sharing, Gally. This is so like the fruit load I remember my granny making. Too was born 1910. Me your recipe three times now, each in batches of 4 loafs to give to our friends. It has never failed. I'm just on my way to make another batch this afternoon. Thanks.
From: Gally on Tue 15-Nov-11 20:21:36 Overall rating: 0.0
This, so far as I remember, was the only fruit cake my Mum ever baked (she was born in 1910) and her Mother (born 1879) gave her the recipe. I occasionally make it and I was born in **** ! It is quick and easy. I sometimes replace the water with cold tea (strained of course...)