Boiled Fruitcake

"This is a recipe that my mother-in-law baked countless times. A favourite of the shearer's she cooked for during shearing season. She's been asked for this recipe many, many times. Hers always tasted spicier than mine and I suspect she used a heaped teaspoon of spice. I also noticed that she never owned a set of measuring cups or spoons. Just used a teacup and cutlery from her to drawer to measure. Ahhh, the simple old days and delightful foods."
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Ready In:
1hr 15mins
1 cake




  • Put the first 7 ingredients into saucepan and bring to boil. Simmer for 2 minutes. Turn off and allow to cool a little.
  • Beat 2 eggs well.
  • Sift plain and SR flours tegether.
  • Add well beaten eggs to cooled fruit mixture. Fold in sifted flour.
  • Place mixture into a well greased, lined 20cm (8") cake tin and bake in moderate oven (180C or 350F) for 1 hour.

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  1. I'm a fruitcake nut, so this recipe easily caught my eye! I pretty much followed it right down the line, with one exception ~ Since I was sure I didn't have the proper version of mixed spice for this, I used a very rounded teaspoon of French Tart's recipe #266688 (which I've made before) & as far as I can tell it worked just fine! Made for a very tasty fruitcake, one that I'm happy to add to my holiday cakes over the next 3 months! [Tagged, made & reviewed for one of my vegetarian partneers in the Vegetarian/Vegan Recipe Swap 3]


I was born to migrant (Polish) parents in the western suburbs of Victoria, Australia in the early 60's. I was born to love food. My mother, a talented lady, taught herself to cook after she got married and turned out to be a wonderful cook. People everywhere rave about her meals. I am especially fond of the few traditional Polish dishes she makes. These days that only happens by special request. :o) When I was 18, I married into a Greek/Macedonian family and so my love of food was further expanded and enhanced. Those people can cook! Now married for a 2nd time to a true-blue Aussie guy, I struck gold again with a mother-in-law who was extremely talented in her kitchen. Unfortunately she's too elderly and unwell to weild her wooden spoon these days but I thoroughly enjoy discussing her favourite recipes and perusing her old cook books. Food has always been a huge part of my life. I love all types of cuisines. Hubby and I have 7 kids (his, mine and ours). At present (2010), they are 26, 26, 25, 24, 20, 11 & 9 years old. I get to practice in the kitchen a lot. Sometimes more than I really want to. LOL! The 5 older kids are no longer living at home but phone me with foody requests regularly. I LOVE it when they ask for a favourite dish to be cooked by me. I feel my job has been well done. :o) My 2 younger kids are a Mum's nightmare to feed. I don't know why, but these 2 are by far the pick-iest eaters of the 7. Still, they are asked to try new things regularly and I'm sure one day, they too will have a love of good food as the rest of us do. <img src=""> Australian/New Zealand RECIPE SWAP #22 - November 2008 <img src=""> Australian/New Zealand RECIPE SWAP #21 - October 2008 <img src=> Veg*n Swap 3 ~ October 2008 <a href="" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket"></a>
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