Simnel fruit bars with toasted marzipan

Simnel fruit bars with toasted marzipan

10 mins Prep · 30 mins Cook

A marzipan-covered simnel fruit cake is eaten in the UK and Ireland over Easter. Try our takes on this old-fashioned dessert

Created by Spinneys
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Serves Makes 36
Cuisine British
Special Occasion Easter
Diet Family Friendly
Preparation Moderate
Nutrition (per serving)
Calories 195
Fat 9.4g
Saturates 3.9g
Protein 2.3g
Carbs 27.1g
Sugars 13.5g
Given the cook-at-home nature of Spinneys and natural variations in ingredients, nutritional information is approximated. See details

Cooking Instructions

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Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4. Grease a 40cm x 30cm baking tin. Chop the almonds.


Mix the flour, spice, sugar, coconut, fruit cake mix (raisins, sultanas, mixed peel) and almonds in a bowl. Beat the eggs and vanilla together and add to the dry ingredients.


Melt the butter and oil in a small saucepan over a medium heat. Add the cocoa and mix well.


Add the cocoa mixture to the flour mixture and combine well.


Spread the mixture into the prepared baking tin and press down firmly.


Bake for 20-30 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.


Roll out the marzipan to the same size as the baking tin


As soon as the bars come out of the oven, brush with the apricot jam and place the marzipan on top and press down to cover. Using a blowtorch, toast the top of the marzipan. Alternatively, preheat the grill to the highest setting and place the tin under the grill for 5 minutes or until golden brown.


Cut into bars and serve.


Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.