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Great British Bake Off's Manisha Parmar's Brandy Soaked Fruit Cake

Epilepsy Action Tea Break - Friday 21 October

Manisha Parmar's Fruit Cake

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150g butter
150g caster sugar
3 medium eggs
150g self raising flour
1tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla paste
1 tsp almond extract
150g mixed dry fruits
6 tsp good quality brandy


Place the dry mixed fruits in a bowl and add all the brandy, mix well and leave to steep overnight.

Next day

Pre heat oven to 180°C (350°F) Gas mark 4. Line a loaf tin with baking paper.

Cream the butter and sugar together in a large bowl until light and fluffy. In a bowl add the self raising flour and baking powder together. Crack the eggs in the bowl and add the vanilla paste and almond extract.  Add half the egg and half the flour to the butter. Mix well; add the rest of the flour and egg. Combine all the ingredients together.

Take the dry fruits out of the brandy juice and dust them with some flour. (Prevents the fruits from sinking)

Fold in the dusted dry fruits into the cake mixture, place in the loaf tin and bake for one hour. If you feel the loaf needs more time to cook then bake for further 10- 15 mins.

Once baked, cool the cake in the tin for 30 mins, transfer the loaf on to a cooling rack.


Why has this recipe been donated to Epilepsy Action?

A cup of coffee and a piece of cake can make a real difference for people with epilepsy.

Epilepsy Action’s network of coffee and chat groups can provide a life line to people who might be feeling isolated because of the condition. Coffee and chat groups give people affected by epilepsy an opportunity to come together and share their experiences.

Text ACT NOW to 70700 to donate £5, the cost of a cup of coffee and piece of cake, to Epilepsy Action. Together we can make sure no-one has to face epilepsy alone. Terms and conditions.

Want to hold your own Tea Break?

Each year in October, Epilepsy Action holds a fundraising event called Tea Break, asking people to pop the kettle on, make a brew, bake a cake and have a cuppa with us! The money raised goes towards helping everyone affected by epilepsy in the UK! 

Holding a Tea Break really is a piece of cake! Whether it’s a cup of tea and a cake in your kitchen or a tea party at your workplace, you can hold your Tea Break anywhere and invite anybody along to share the fun. In the past, we have had Tea Breaks registered all over the UK; from Cornwall to Scotland, in schools, homes and workplaces.  

If reading this recipe has inspired you to hold a Tea Break for Epilepsy Action, why not register for your free fundraising pack now and bake a difference?

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