"I got the recipe from a good friend's Maltese mother when I was first married back in 1981. We would visit and her mother almost always had a batch of this very moist, dense, rich cake that was almost pudding like in consistency. She cut it into small squares to serve but I often had several as I find it irresistible."
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Ready In:
1hr 15mins


  • 1 loaf bread (crusts removed)
  • 100 g butter, melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 12 cup Carnation instant milk (condensed milk, not sweetened)
  • 2 tablespoons custard powder
  • 12 cup desiccated coconut
  • 12 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 500 g sultanas
  • 100 g mixed peel
  • 1 dash brandy (a splash)


  • Soak the bread in water and immediately squeeze out the excess.
  • Place all ingredients into a large bowl and mix together well.
  • Turn into a greased tin and bake for 1 hour at 190-200°C.

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  1. Almost passed on this but after reading it I found it just too intriguing to let go, & I'm glad I didn't 'cause IT MAKES FOR AN EXTREMELY TASTY DESSERT, & one I want to make again for company sometime! The brandy I used had an apricot flavor! Thinks for thie wonderful keeper! [Tagged, made & reviewed for one of my vegetarian partners 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="http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c105/jewelies/Erica-1-1.jpg"> Australian/New Zealand RECIPE SWAP #22 - November 2008 <img src="http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c105/jewelies/MullaMulla-1-1.jpg"> Australian/New Zealand RECIPE SWAP #21 - October 2008 <img src=http://i335.photobucket.com/albums/m445/mliss29/vegnswap3/group07kiwi.jpg> Veg*n Swap 3 ~ October 2008 <a href="http://photobucket.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/ee267/these2hands/RecipeSwap2.jpg" border="0" alt="Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket"></a>
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