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Boiled Fruit Cake

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SOURCEThis recipe is from the collection of one of our mothers (i.e. the mother of one of us, not that we have multiple maternal parents...) At the moment, it doesn't actually contain anything that we grow, but at some stage in the future we will have walnuts and cherries, at least. NOTE
The original recipe called for 6oz of sugar, but as usual we have reduced this by a third. You don't have the be exact about the ingredients, so feel free to leave out say glacĂ© cherries if you don't have any — you can always add in something similar, or extra sultanas; or use raisins if you don't have currants. 
Time (approx): preparation 30m; cooking 1h to 1h 30m [it takes 1h in our oven].

Ingredients
6 oz sultanas
6 oz currants
2 oz chopped walnuts
2 oz glacĂ© cherries 
2 oz mixed peel
6 oz butter
4 oz granulated sugar
10 oz plain flour
4 eggs
1 tsp mixed spice
1/2 tsp baking powder Equipment
Weighing scales
Measuring spoons
Saucepan
8" round or 7" square cake tin
Oven Advance preparation
None re…

Chocolate Balls

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SOURCE This recipe is adapted from one given to us in a former office life by a South African colleague. NOTE
The original recipe called for 10 spoons of sugar and 5 of cocoa, which is far too sweet for our tastes, and for Marie biscuits, which are pretty much the same as Rich Tea. It also used margarine rather than coconut oil; the one injunction we were given in this regard is that butter is not suitable for this recipe.  Makes c.24 balls

Time (approx): preparation 20m; chilling 1h.

Ingredients
200g Rich Tea biscuits
5 tbsp sugar
7 tbsp cocoa powder
7 tbsp milk
80g coconut oil (solid - at room temperature)
Desiccated coconut (optional Equipment
Weighing scales
Measuring spoons
Food processor
Baking tray
Fridge Advance preparation
None required. Preparation and cooking
Blitz the biscuits in the food processor until they are in small pieces — you don't want them to be reduced to powder, but they should be pretty small. Add the sugar and cocoa powder and process for a couple of seconds to…