A few months ago Nikki and Bart visited from New Zealand, where apparently everyone is into healthy eating. They brought this cake, which is seriously good for putting instant energy into hungry outdoor types, be they salty sailors mariners, crazy canoeists, frozen fishermen or whatever. Of course it suits anyone allergic to wheat or just trying to lose weight. Here is the recipe for-
Nikki's Flourless Fruit Cake
2 whole oranges
generous teaspoon of each of nutmeg, cinnamon, mixed spice or whatever plus half teaspoon of ground cloves
300 grams ground almonds
2 kg dried mixed and fruit (chopped prunes, apricots, raisins, sultanas) soaked in rum or brandy for a few days
Simmer the oranges in water for 30 minutes, remove, allow to cool, remove pips and blend to a pulp.
Beat the eggs and add the pulped oranges. Mix well now and at every stage.
Add the spice.
Add the almond.
Add the fruit.
When all thoroughly mixed transfer to a square tin 23 to 24 cm lined with baking paper, outside wrapped in two layers of brown paper. Cover top with double layer of baking parchment with hole cut in middle.
Put in oven heated to 120 degrees electric fan or equivalent, bake for 3 hours 45 minutes.
Pour cup of rum or brandy over cooked cake while it's still warm.
I don't apologise for the above product placement, Bruichladdich do such a good job sponsoring the Crinan Classics.