Christmas Cake

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Christmas Cake

Christmas Cake

At first glance what do you see? A fairly standard looking Christmas cake? Well it’s not just any old Christmas cake, it’s my Christmas cake, made with love.

This is one cooking and baking task I really spend plenty of time on – I never rush this or skimp on the measure or quality. When it’s removed from the oven, it’s really light and bouncy, but I make sure by the time I serve this cake that it’s heavy with brandy. I also make sure I do my best to decorate the cake well and give it the beauty it deserves.

We don’t often get the chance to eat Christmas cake, mince pies or chocolate log, and so this is why I take my time to make sure my cake is the best of them all, and this way my family get to look forward to eating it. We usually eat far too much food over Christmas, so perhaps it’s better to make a small amount of food, but make it as luxurious as you can –  this way nothing is left to waste. There are too many hungry people out there.

Christmas is all about giving and sharing – I love Christmas and of course so do all my family – we have a lovely open fire and we always have a real tree and lots of nuts everywhere. My children refuse to go anywhere else for Christmas, it has to be at home, to them that is where the best atmosphere is, and I always try to make sure I make it really memorable for them. Now they are older, but I still enjoy making a fuss! I have always cooked at Christmas for the family for the past thirty-three years, but this year my son invited us to his place –  we can’t wait. Now someone is going to cook for me, and all I have to do is relax.

Enough of me going on, lets bake!

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Christmas Cake
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Course Cake
Prep Time 45 minutes
Passive Time 25 hrs
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Ingredients
For the fruit and the marinade
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Course Cake
Prep Time 45 minutes
Passive Time 25 hrs
Servings
portions
Ingredients
For the fruit and the marinade
For the cake:
Votes: 1
Rating: 5
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Rate this recipe!
Instructions
For dry the fruit
  1. In a large bowl, add all the dried fruit, mix peel and currants, including the grated lemon and orange zest. Then pour over the brandy mix well then cover well with cling film over night.
  2. The following day, pour over the rest of the brandy (3 tbsps) and mix well. Keep for the next day, trust me you will not regret it.
To make the Cake:
  1. To prepare an 7.5" tin with a double greaseproof paper, and also double up the greaseproof paper around the tin. Preheat the oven to gas mark 1 / 140c. Be sure not to overheat the oven.
  2. Now all the fruit have absorbed the brandy you should not see any juice or liquid at all. Add the sugar, then the spices & mix well, then add the treacle and mix again.
  3. Beat the eggs and the butter and the flour lightly then add the fruit mixture and fold , then pour into the prepared tin.
  4. Cut round shape tin foil to fit inside the tin, then place it on top of the cake. Make sure you cut a hole in middle for the air to escape, allowing the cake to cook evenly.
  5. Put the cake tin on a flat tray on a lower shelf, and cook for about 2hrs. If you have fan oven like mine it may only take around 1hour 10 mins. Or you can check with a tooth pick.
  6. Decorate as you wish, with icing or figures and a message or seasonal greeting. Merry Christmas everyone.
Recipe Notes

It is important to cover around the tin then you put it on a flat tray on the lower shelf to cook it, or your cake may cook too quickly and you might get an undercooked and badly-shaped cake.

I have a fan oven so it cooks evenly and quicker. If you have a normal oven, it will take a little longer.

 

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4 Comments

  1. Amila says:

    Hi Sally,this cake looks so rich and beautiful.I feel the taste of all the fruits inside this cake….

    • Cook with Sally says:

      Thank you Amila
      Yes I know what you mean, its also very moist indeed, thank you for the visit.

  2. Wow!! Loaded with goodness like dry fruits. Excellent cake for Christmas

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