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mums christmas cake

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Serves 6

a very good xmas cake , made by mum for many years

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  • 9 oz currants
  • 4 oz sultanas
  • 4oz raisins
  • 6 oz cherries
  • 4 oz candied peel
  • 3 tbsp brandy
  • 5 oz plain flour
  • salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp mixed spice
  • grated lemon rind
  • grated orange peel
  • 5 oz butter
  • 5 oz brown sugar (light bown sugar)
  • 1 tbsp treacle
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 cocoa
  • 4 oz dates
  • 4 oz ground almonds


    1. pre heat the oven to 150c/fan 140c/gas 2
    2. put all currants/raisins/sultanas/candied peel/lemon and orange rind in a large bowl, along with the brandy,leave to soak for at least two hours, you can use tea if not using brandy, no milk in tea.
    3. beat butter and sugar tgether, until pale, add beaton eggs, a little at a time, if starting to curdle, add a little flour
    4. add all dry ingrediants, to the mixture, add any remaining ingrediants, then mix both wet and dry together,in a large bowl.
    5. line a 8" round tin, add the mixture, wrap brown paper round the outside of the tin, to stop cake burning, whilst baking, also place a sheet a greasproof over the top, after 1 1/2 hours , turn oven down too 140/130c for another hour or until cooked,

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