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Ideally, make this recipe one month ahead. This basic fruit mix is enough to make a regular-sized cake, a boiled or steamed pudding to serve 10, as well as 12 mince pies.

Prep: 40 Minutes + standing  Makes: 9 Cups


  • 170 g packet dried cranberries
  • 2½ cups sultanas
  • 2 cups currants
  • 2⅓ cups raisins, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup pitted dates, finely chopped
  • ⅔ cup pitted prunes, finely chopped
  • 1 cup dried figs, finely chopped
  • 2 large apples, grated coarsely
  • ¼ cup golden syrup or treacle
  • 2 cups firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1½ cups brandy
  • 2 tsps ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

Combine ingredients in a large bowl; cover tightly with plastic wrap.


Store in a cool, dark place for a month (or longer, if desired) before using.


Stir the mixture every two or three days.


* You can customise the flavour of the fruit mix by substituting other dried fruit. To make the substitutions, ensure the substitute is the same weight as the fruit you are replacing.

* In place of brandy, you could also use a 50:50 mixture of rum and amaretto.

* To turn the fruit mix into a gift, pack in sterilised jars and label with date.

Recipe & Photo: BauerSyndication.com.au

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