Christmas Cake

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This Christmas cake recipe matures if kept so I make mine three to four weeks before Christmas. I always make some of these with my children and give them as presents to their teachers. You can place the finished cake on a round cake board and either place in a fancy round tin or wrap in clear film and tie with a large bow.

Prep
30 minutes plus overnight soaking
Cook
3 hours
Best for
Serves
8

Ingredients

  • 350g raisins
  • 275f sultanas
  • 275g currants
  • 4 tbsp brandy or port
  • 250g butter, softened
  • 250g dark muscovado sugar
  • 350g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 6 eggs
  • 50g ground almonds
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp grated lemon rind
  • 50g mixed peel
  • 100g glace cherries, halved
  • 100g pecans, chopped
  • 125g apricot jam
  • 2 to 3 tbsp water
  • Extra glace fruits and pecans for decoration

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Method

  1. Put the raisins, sultanas and currants in a large bowl and pour in the brandy and port. Leave to soak overnight. Next day, line and grease a 23cm (9 in) diameter cake tin. Tie a double thickness of brown paper around the outside to come about 4 cm (1 ½ in) higher than the cake. Pre-heat the oven to 150C/300F/Gas 2.
  2. Beat the butter and sugar together until fluffy. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt. Beat in the eggs one at a time, adding some of the flour mixture with each egg. Beat in the remaining flour and almonds. Add mixed spice, cinnamon and lemon rind. Finally mix in dried fruit and nuts. Spoon into the tin and level. Bake in the centre of the oven for about 2 and a half hours (after 1 hour, cover the cake with greaseproof paper), or until the cake is firm to the touch and a skewer in the centre comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tin for about 30 minutes. Turn out on to a wire rack and cool and then wrap in aluminium foil and store.
  3. To decorate, warm the jam and water in a saucepan, sieve and brush some over the cake. Alternatively simply warm the apricot glaze and use that instead.  Arrange the glace fruits and nuts and brush on more of the glaze. Finally tie a wide ribbon around the cake.

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  • This Christmas Cake Recipe is amazing. I want to give it a try. How much time it takes to prepare it?

    shallyp
    15 Dec 2010

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