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Ian Huckin


500g Currants
500g Sultanas
500g Raisins
(Or 1500g Mixed Fruit, but watch out for candy peel as it can be tough)
500g Soft Dark Brown Sugar (Molasses sugar works best)
250g Vegetable Suet
50g Chopped Almonds
50g Chopped Walnuts
Zest and Juice of 1 Large Orange (add extra juice if the Orange is not very juicy)
Zest and Juice of 1 Lime (or Lemon if you prefer)
3 tsp Mixed Spice


  • Put all ingredients into a large bowl and mix together well. It will be a very dry mix at first. Do not add any extra juice at this stage.
  • Keep covered in a cool place (just below room temperature). Stir every day for 5-7 days, or until all the juice and sugar has turned to syrup.
  • Then you can add your own favourite tipple! Two large Brandies or Jack Daniels is perfect, or a glass of Sherry (Med or Dry – not sweet). Try the more exotic flavours like Southern Comfort or Cointreau for a change.
  • Jar into clean sterilised jars, pushing down the mix with a spoon, to remove any air.
  • Leave for at least a month to mature. 6 months is even better It will keep indefinitely in a cold store.

Contributed by Ian Huckin