Prep Time: 20
Servings: 1
Cooking Time: 60
  • 200.00g - whole almonds
  • 200.00g - pecan or walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • 300.00g - mixed glazed fruit, chopped
  • 100.00g - dried figs, chopped
  • 150.00ml - cocoa, sieved
  • 5.00ml - cinnamon
  • 2.50ml - nutmeg
  • 1.00ml - ground coriander
  • 1.00ml - ground cloves
  • 1.00ml - white pepper
  • 100.00ml - cake flour
  • 80.00ml - honey
  • 190.00ml - sugar
  • 50.00ml - water
Oven temperature: 160°C
1. Preheat the oven. Grease a 22 x 22cm square tin with butter and line the bottom with greaseproof baking paper.

2. Place the almonds and pecans or walnuts on a baking tray and roast until golden brown. This takes about 10-15 minutes ? be careful not to burn the nuts. Allow to cool and chop coarsely. Put the nuts, fruit, figs, cocoa, spices and cake flour in a mixing bowl and mix thoroughly.

3. Heat the honey, sugar and water in a saucepan and stir continuously until the sugar has melted. Use a wet brush to remove the sugar crystals that form along the sides. Bring the syrup to the boil as soon as the sugar has dissolved and allow to simmer for 5 minutes. Add the syrup to the dry ingredients and mix to form a firm dough.

4. Press the dough into the prepared tin and press the top down evenly with the palms of your hands. Bake for about 50-60 minutes. Allow to cool and sieve castor sugar over. Makes one 22cm cake.

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