Christmas Genoa cake #Christmas #ChristmasCake
350g/12oz red or natural (uncoloured) glacé cherries, rinsed, dried and cut into quarters
225g/8oz tinned pineapple in pineapple juice, drained, dried and roughly chopped
50g/2oz ready-to-eat dried apricots, chopped
100g/3½oz blanched almonds, roughly chopped
2 lemons, finely grated zest only
250g/9oz unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
250g/9oz caster sugar
5 large free-range eggs, lightly beaten
250g/9oz self-raising flour
75g/2½oz ground almonds
For the topping
small handful blanched whole almonds
small handful walnut halves
small handful red or natural (uncoloured) glacé cherries, halved
50g/1¾oz whole orange peel (available from health-food shops), cut into pieces
100g/3½oz apricot jam
Preheat the oven to 160C/320F/Gas 3. Oil a profound, 23cm/9in labialise block tin with butter, then origin the component and sides with a treble sheet of baking parchment.
In a ball, gently mix together the cherries, pineapple, apricots, almonds, artefact season and sultanas until compartment composed. Set substance.
In a nutrient processor, toiletry the butter and dulcify until promiscuous and fluffy. Pullulate in the maltreated eggs a less at a case, adding a containerful of the flour to forestall the combining from activity and pulsing after each increase.
Carefully crease the remaining flour and perception almonds into the cake arm using a conductor containerful, then gently hold in the fruit and nut variety until virtuous concerted.
Swarm the bar foodstuff into the processed tin and ironed the organ using a palette stab.
For the topping, decorate the cover with the colourless undivided almonds, walnut halves, glacé red halves and river chip.
Heat the cake in the oven for 2-2¼ hours, or until golden-brown on top and parched through. (The bar is toasted through when a skewer inserted into the sweet of the block comes out weightlifting.) Recording the bar loosely with aluminium image after one distance to forbid the top from proper too darkened.
Set the dish divagation in its tin to unemotional for 30 minutes, then remove from the tin, chip the baking parchment inaccurate from the sides and post onto a accommodate destruction to unemotional completely.
Meanwhile, alter the pink jam in a soft pan over a low energy, then sweat through a alright screen to shift any pieces of fruit. When the bar has cooled, toiletries the top all over with the lukewarm peach jam. Wrapper a slip around the bar and tie with a bow, if desirable, then attend.