Cathedral Window Cake

Every day my friend Garry has a slice of this for lunch.  Every now and then he brings me a slice and it is so yummy and also so pretty.  When you hold the slices up to the light it looks kinda like stained glass.  This is a recipe for either microwave or conventional oven but read the whole thing first. Lots of people make this just for Xmas, but what is that about?  Make it anytime.

3 cups brazil nuts, 1 cup sultanas, 1 cup sticky raisins, 1 cup almonds, 1 cup cashew nuts. 1 cup red cherries, 1 cup mixed cherries, 2 cups glace fruit (eg. pineapple, mangoes) 1 1/2 cups flour, 1 cup brown sugar, 1 tsp baking pdr, 1/2 tsp salt, 4 small eggs, 1tsp vanilla.

Measure the nuts, furit and dry ing into a large bowl, save some for decoration. Chop up the large pieces of fruit, but keep some long pieces, especially if you use mango.  Mix eggs and vanilla until roughly combined and add to dry ingredients.  Line a microwave loaf pan or metal ring pan with baking paper.  Spray with oil.  Press mixture firmly into pan, lying long pieces of glace fruit in the middle of the mixture.  Decorate to with reserved fruit.  Microwave loaf at 30% power for 1 hr, until firm and cooked evenly or bake ring cake at 130 degrees for 2 1/2 – 3 hrs or til it feels firm.  If top browns too quickly cover loosly with baking paper.

This makes one 20cm ring cake 8cm high cooked in a conventional oven.

Use half recipe to make a loaf shaped cake to cook in microwave oven.

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