• 350g plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons Schwartz mixed spice
  • 250g golden caster sugar
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 lemon, zest only
  • 100g dried cherries
  • 50g unsalted pistachios, shelled
  • Icing sugar, for dusting


  1. 1

    Preheat the oven to 180°C, fan 160°C, gas mark 4. Line 2 baking trays with non-stick baking paper.

  2. 2

    Sieve the flour, baking powder, mixed spice and sugar into a large bowl and mix well. Stir in the eggs and lemon zest.

  3. 3

    Bring the dough together, then add the cherries and pistachios and knead until evenly distributed.

  4. 4

    Divide the dough into 4 even pieces, and roll each piece into a sausage about 30cm long.

  5. 5

    Place 2 onto each tray well spaced apart. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes until the dough is firm. Remove from the oven and reduce the temperature to 140°C, fan 120°C, gas mark 1.

  6. 6

    Cut the dough into 1cm-thick slices and lay flat on the baking sheets. Bake for another 15 minutes, flip over and bake for a further 10 minutes on the opposite side.

  7. 7

    Allow to cool on a wire rack, then dust with icing sugar before serving, or wrapping in gift bags or boxes, ready to give away.

Nutritional Details

Each serving provides
  • Energy 1047kj 250kcal 13%
  • Fat 3.7g 5%
  • Saturates 0.7g 4%
  • Sugars 23.9g 27%
  • Salt 0.13g 2%

% of the Reference Intakes

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