It is a bit too early to get excited for Christmas – but it is not too early to bake your Christmas cake! My family has a tradition of making a Christmas cake, though I know not many people make one anymore. The traditional Christmas cake is made from mostly fruit and needs to be fed with brandy a couple of times before you marzipan and ice (which you would do very close to Christmas!) Fruit cakes are best when matured so that is why we made ours so early. Today I’m going to take you through my simple Christmas cake recipe.
900g brandy soaked mixed fruit and cherries (this is the most expensive ingredient but you can get your hands on it from most supermarkets, though you will have to do the brandy soaking yourself!)
225g plain or self-raising flour
1/2 teaspoon of mixed spice
225g dark brown sugar
50g flaked almonds
4 medium/large eggs (as long as they’re not too small)
1) You will need to double line a 20cm round cake tin and preheat the oven to 140ºC/284ºF.
2) Cream the butter and sugar together until smooth. It should look a bit like this:
3) Beat the eggs into a separate bowl and slowly add to the butter/sugar mixture. Then add in the flour and mix well.
4) Add mixed spice, nuts and gradually fold the mixed fruit in (a couple of handfuls at a time) Mix until everything is evenly blended.
5) Transfer to the tin and spread mixture evenly.
6) Bake in the centre of the oven for 4 hours.Check the cake midway through its baking to make sure it isn’t going dark on top. If it is then wet a piece of baking paper or parchment the same size and the cake and place this on top (you may have to repeat this).
7) Once cooked, cool for about an hour before removing from tin. We left the cake to cool overnight to prevent any accidents!
Now the shops have got their Christmas stock out, I can’t help but get excited. This time of the year is so full of life and lykke. I tend to be going out more and ‘living in the moment’! It’s all very exciting. If you have a lot of guests over at Christmas then I 100% recommend making this cake. It goes down so well with visitors and it’s also fun to make!
Do you make Christmas cake? Or are you more of a pudding person?
I hope you enjoy the rest of November, instead of wishing ahead to December 25th!
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