Get set to celebrate the holidays with these throwback flavours!

Imagine a tasty mix of dried fruits and nuts, spiced up with Hedessent goodness, to put a festive spin on the much-loved classic—fruit cake, but as a jam!

This sweet and spicy topper is a crowd-pleaser, offering versatility that knows no bounds. Pair this delicious gem with your go-to cheese, or serve it warm on its own with oat crackers or crostinis to kick things up a notch. Feeling extra festive? Try serving this jam over a vanilla-poached pear. Hello, holidays!

The best part about this recipe is you can really tailor the flavour profiles to match your preferences—amp up the spice with extra ginger and clove. Or take out the rum and replace with a splash of fresh apple cider to keep it completely alcohol-free.

The medley of Hedessent flavours pulls these simple dried fruits and nuts together to create that heartwarming nostalgia of your grandma’s holiday fruit cake. A definite must this season!


Fruit Cake Topper

By Heather Shaw | Food By Heather
Course Appetizer
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 6


  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup dried currents
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup mixed orange and lemon peel, chopped
  • 1/4 cup candied pineapple
  • 1/4 cup candied cherries
  • 2 oz dark rum
  • 30 drops Hedessent Clover
  • 40 drops Hedessent Apple Cider
  • 30 drops Hedessent Ginger
  • 10 drops Hedessent Vanilla Bourbon
  • 15 drops Hedessent Cinnamon


  • In a large pot over medium heat, add all ingredients except the pecans. Simmer until the sugar is dissolved and the topping becomes fragrant.
  • Remove from heat and stir in pecans.
  • Serve warm over fresh burrata cheese with toasted crostini.
Heather Shaw Bio Pic - Heather Shaw behind the scenes

Meet Heather Shaw

With a career bridging two decades as a food stylist and recipe developer, Heather Shaw combines her passion for cooking, baking, aesthetics, and media arts in everything she does. Her skills range from creating enticing recipes to artfully styling food and drinks for photography, film, and more.

Heather is very active in her collaborations with artists, colleagues, and other industry professionals. Her adaptability and food knowledge come through in all she creates, and we are thrilled to share her work with you. Her ability to come up with fun versatile recipes is key to helping our customers understand how they can easily elevate their everyday dishes with our line of food flavours. We know that you will enjoy the dishes Heather creates as much as we enjoy sharing them with you!

Follow along with Heather’s creations on Instagram @FoodbyHeather

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