a christmas loaf on a board

Walnut Christmas Loaf Cake

Course Dessert
Keyword Cranberries, Eggs
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Servings 8 slices
Calories 498kcal


  • 100 g dried mixed fruit
  • 50 g dried cranberries
  • 50 g California Walnuts chopped +12 walnut halves to garnish
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 3 tbsp brandy
  • 200 g butter or reduced fat spread softened
  • 200 g light brown soft sugar
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 200 g self raising flour
  • 50 g marmalade


  • Preheat the oven to 180oC, gas mark 4. Line a 900g loaf tin with baking parchment.
  • Place the dried fruits, walnuts, mixed spice and brandy in a small saucepan and cook for 1-2 minutes until the liquid has been absorbed. Allow to cool slightly.
  • Whisk together the butter and sugar in a large bowl until pale and fluffy, whisk in the eggs 1 at a time. Stir in the flour and then the soaked fruits, spoon into the prepared tin and bake for 50-55 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Allow to cool before removing from the tin.
  • Warm the marmalade with 1 tbsp water and brush over the cake, top with the walnut halves to decorate.


Serving: 127g | Calories: 498kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 7.1g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 4.7g | Fibre: 2.5g | Sugar: 41g


Cook’s tip
Great cut into slices and served warm with brandy cream
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