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3 Ingredient Fruitcake

I made this cake the other night for my Mum for Mothers Day and it was delicious.


3 Ingredient Fruit Cake


1 kg mixed dried fruit
2 1/2 cups (625ml) fruit juice
2 cups self-raising flour


1. Place mixed dried fruit in a medium saucepan and pour over 2 cups of fruit juice. Bring to the boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and leave to cool for 2 hours.

2. Preheat oven to 150°C fan-forced or 170°C conventional. Line a 20cm round spring form tin with baking paper and set aside.

3. Sift the self-raising ×our over the soaked fruit and stir well until completely combined. Use the remaining half cup of juice if needed to make a moist mixture.

4. Pour into cake tin and bake for 2 hours on the lowest shelf.

5. Remove from oven and leave cake to cool entirely in the tin.

6. Wrap in foil and keep in an airtight container for 2-3 days before slicing.


You can use apple juice for this recipe, also orange juice, pineapple juice or even prune juice.
You can also give this cake a slosh of brandy when it comes out of the oven. It’s a nice touch but not absolutely required and not recommended if children are consuming this cake.
The cake is not overly sweet as it gets its sweetness from the fruit. If you prefer a sweet cake you should add three tablespoons of brown sugar while the mixture is simmering in the pan.
This recipe was created by Jennifer Cheung for Kidspot, Australia’s best recipe Önder. 


10 Things women could be doing instead of collecting water

It's International Womens Day, a great day for celebrating how far we've come but also to take stock and reflect on what still needs to be done. I'm so grateful I grew up in the era of 'girls can do anything' and are looking forward to the period of time when those same opportunities open up for all women around the world.
I love this article written about those women that are still to experience what I often take for granted.

"There are a staggering 59 million girls around the world who are out of school. One of the biggest barriers keeping young girls from attending school is the need to collect water. Without water, a family cannot drink, prepare food, or clean. The burden to collect this water is disproportionately placed on the female family members of a household and is prioritized over education."


Growing up in pornland

After Nick Willis admitting his issue with porn, a wider conversation has opened up about pornography with some wondering what the issue is and others welcoming the discussion about the effect of it. Melinda Tankard Reist is someone I've heard speak at a conference recently who I respect a lot, she's the co-founder of Collective Shout and has written this great article on the topic of porn.

"Sexual bullying and harassment are part of daily life for many girls. Young people are speaking out more and more about how these practices have links with pornography - and so they should, because they have most to lose."