Fruit & nut topping for Christmas cake

fruit and nut topped Christmas cake

Serves 12

  • 50 g apricot jam

  • 250 g glacé or dried fruits, whole or cut into large strips

  • pecans

  • walnuts

  • almonds

  • pine nuts

Recipe by Georgina Hayden



Place the apricot jam in a small pan with a splash of water and simmer on a low heat, then remove from heat and leave to cool a little. Using a pastry brush, brush the top of the cake with jam and arrange your fruit on top, starting with the bigger pieces, dotting the smaller fruits and nuts in and around the gaps. Finish the cake by brushing everything with a final coat of the apricot glaze to give it a lovely gloss.

Nutritional Information

Fruit & nut topping for Christmas cake

Super light and fruity

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This fruity cake topping jazzes up any Christmas cake recipe and looks really tempting and festive!
Serves 12
15m
Super easy
Method

If you like Christmas cake but you're not a fan of the sickly fondant or thick royal icing it's usually decorated with, try ringing the changes with this lighter fruity option.

Recipe by Georgina Hayden

Place the apricot jam in a small pan with a splash of water and simmer on a low heat, then remove from heat and leave to cool a little. Using a pastry brush, brush the top of the cake with jam and arrange your fruit on top, starting with the bigger pieces, dotting the smaller fruits and nuts in and around the gaps. Finish the cake by brushing everything with a final coat of the apricot glaze to give it a lovely gloss.

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Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

Calories are just a unit of energy. If you eat more than you use you can gain weight, or lose it if you don't eat enough. How much you need depends on your weight, gender and how active you are, but it's around 2,000 a day.

Carbs

Carbs are a great source of energy and, excluding foods such as potatoes, are made from grains - like bread, pasta and cereal. We all need carbs, but try to make them all wholegrain by sticking to brown bread, rice and pasta - they are much more nutritious.

Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 218
    11%
  • Carbs 17.1g
    7%
  • Sugar 17.01g 19%
  • Fat 15.0g 21%
  • Saturates 1.3g 7%
  • Protein 2.4g 5%
Of an adult's reference intake

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Marine Stewardship Council
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  • 50 g apricot jam

  • 250 g glacé or dried fruits, whole or cut into large strips

  • pecans

  • walnuts

  • almonds

  • pine nuts