One-Pan Fruitcake

  • Preparation 30 MIN
    Cooking 1 H
    Waiting 15 MIN
  • Servings 12
  • Makes 10 to 12 servings
“Fruitcake is too complicated to make.” We hear the same thing every year! Well, here’s our completely simplified version (in cooking, not taste, terms). The proof? This generous dessert, loaded with dried fruit, is prepared, cooked and served in the same cast iron skillet. You wanted to breathe easy this holiday season, right?



  1. With the rack in the middle position, preheat the oven to 325°F (165°C).
  2. In a bowl, combine the flour, almond powder, baking powder and spices. Set aside.
  3. In a 10-inch (25 cm) cast iron skillet over medium heat, melt the butter with the brown sugar, orange zest and juice, sherry and dried fruit. Stir well and bring to a boil. Let simmer over medium heat for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and let rest for 15 minutes.
  4. Add the eggs and combine well. Gradually stir in the dry ingredients and the almonds.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Brush the surface of the cake with the almond liqueur. Let cool completely.
  6. The cake will keep for 1 week under a cake dome.

Healthy Pick

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