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Fruit Cake With a riopelle de l’Isle Sabayon Sauce

Around 30 slices


  • 250 ml (1 cup) Thompson raisins
  • 250 ml (1 cup) golden raisins
  • 250 ml (1 cup) dried apricots
  • 250 ml (1 cup) dates or dried figs
  • 250 ml (1 cup) shredded apples
  • Zest of a lemon
  • Zest of an orange
  • 170 ml (2/3 cup) ice cider or rum
  • 500 ml (2 cups) all-purpose flour
  • 5 ml (1 tsp.) baking powder
  • 3 ml (1/2 tsp.) cinnamon
  • 3 ml (1/2 tsp.) nutmeg
  • 3 ml (1/2 tsp.) salt
  • 250 ml (1 cup) softened butter
  • 250 ml (1 cup) brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 30 ml (2 tbsp.) corn syrup
  • 5 ml (1 tsp.) vanilla
  • 180 ml (3/4 cup) ground almonds

Le riopelle de l’Isle Sabayon Sauce

  • 250 ml (1 cup) milk
  • 250 ml (1 cup) 35% cream
  • 125 ml (1/2 cup) le riopelle de l’Isle, rind removed
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 170 ml (2/3 cup) sugar
  • 30 ml (2 tbsp.) ice cider or rum
  • 3 ml (1/2 tsp.) vanilla


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  • Heat the oven to 250°F (120°C).
  • In a large bowl, mix the raisins, apricots, dates or figs, apples, lemon and orange zests and ice cider or rum. Cover and let it sit for 1 hour or overnight.
  • Add 60 ml (1/4 cup) flour.
  • Grease an 2 L (8 in) cake pan with removable sides. Line the bottom and the sides with parchment paper. Grease the paper. Set aside.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, mix the rest of the flour, the baking powder and the spices. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the brown sugar into the butter until it’s fluffy.
  • Add the eggs one at a time, while continually stirring.
  • Add the corn syrup and the vanilla.
  • Gradually mix in the ground almonds, then the dried fruit mix and the flour. Stir well with a wooden spoon.
  • Pour into the pan and smooth the surface.
  • Fill a shallow pan halfway with boiling water on the lower oven rack. Bake the cake on the middle rack for around 3 hours or until a fork inserted in the centre comes out clean.
  • Let it cool. Cover the cake with a cheesecloth moistened with ice cider or rum. Cover it with plastic wrap, then a layer of aluminum foil. Put in an airtight container inside the refrigerator. Moisten the cheesecloth every two weeks if necessary.

Le riopelle de l’Isle Sabayon Sauce

  • Heat the milk and cream in a saucepan. Add the le riopelle de l’Isle and let it melt. Set aside.
  • In a bowl, whip the egg yolks, sugar and ice cider or rum. Gradually add the milk mixture, while constantly whisking.
  • Pour the mixture in a saucepan and whip constantly while cooking until the sauce thickens and it sticks easily to a spoon.
  • Remove from heat and strain. Add the vanilla.
  • Let it cool and refrigerate.


  • This cake can be kept in the fridge during its maceration period (6 to 8 weeks), when wrapped in a cotton cheesecloth moistened with ice cider or rum. Afterwards, it can be kept in the freezer for up to one year.

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