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You need to try this four ingredient dessert this Christmas

Food & Drink /

Brought to you in partnership with Woolworths.

When people talk about making fruit cakes and Christmas pudding, I always think it’s going to take a ga-bazillion hours and eleventy million ingredients. Do you think the same?


It’s so easy. My neighbour, Carol, makes a killer fruit cake each year and it only uses four ingredients and it tastes SO good. It could not be easier. And it’s affordable to make too.

I’ll share the recipe and how to whip it up in a moment, but first I’m here for the super don’t-wanna-lift-a-finger people. I’m here for you. I know that Christmas can be stressful, and you might not want to add to the stress of Christmas by having to cook dessert. Desserts can be labour-intensive, and the days can be hot {i.e. it can get hot in the kitchen}. So I wanted to share with you some things you can buy from your local Woolworths, and totally make out that they are your own.. pretending you made them.

YOU HAVE PERMISSION TO FAKE IT. And who wouldn’t when ready-made desserts are this pretty?

This pretty Gold Ruby Chocolate Cheesecake is blow-your-tastebuds-away delicious, and it looks pretty impressive. When Aunty Joan asks, “Did you make that?” Just nod, and cut her a slice. We won’t tell anyone.

Or maybe you want a little coffee hit? This is the Gold Mocha Espresso Martini Flavoured Pudding… and it’s special. And it requires zero effort to put together. Just how you like it.

Or maybe you want to go the old-school faithful that never disappoints. It’s the Gold Lemon Meringue pie. It’s got a zesty filling and fluffy top. All of these fancy desserts can be found in the bakery fridge at your local Woolworths. How good does that look?

But if you’re keen to whip together the easiest Christmas Fruit Cake in the world, you totally can too. Anyone can make this. Even the kids could do it while you’re wrapping the million presents you need to wrap {the first stage is just mixing everything into a bowl, so no oven required}.

Here’s what you need:

1kg Woolworths Mixed Fruit

2 cups orange juice

2 cups self-raising flour

1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

STEP ONE: Place all of the ingredients into a glass bowl {not metal as it will react with the orange juice} and stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

STEP TWO: After soaking overnight, remove from the fridge. Preheat oven to 150ºC and line a round baking tin {20cm wide} with baking paper. Spoon the mixture into the tin, and place into the oven to cook for 1 hour and 30 minutes.

STEP THREE: Serve! This is beautiful with a little dusted icing sugar and some Woolworths Gingerbread Christmas trees from the bakery placed on top. And perfect served with vanilla custard.

Which dessert are you looking forward to eating this Christmas?