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'Tis Christmas Cake

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Cooking time

Prep: 1 hour Cook: 4 hours See step one re soaking fruit

Skill level

More effort

Servings

Serves 20

Easy Christmas cake which can be done early (late Oct) and preserved with brandy or last minute. Nut free!

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Ingredients

  • 350g Plain Flour
  • 5ml (1 tsp) Mixed Spice
  • 4 Eggs
  • 75ml Milk
  • 75ml Brandy
  • 225g Unsalted Butter
  • 1kg Mixed Fruit
  • 100g Glace Cherries
  • 225g Muscovardo / Unrefined Sugar

Method

  1. If you're preparing this cake early, feel free to soak the fruit and cherries in brandy and / or cider. I 've found two weeks is sufficient.

  2. Take a 24cm round tin, grease and line with greaseproof paper. Make a tin foil 'chimney' which extends double the height of the tin to prevent scorching and prevent cracking. Warm oven to Gas 2 / 150 C / 300 F.

  3. Mix together flour & spice.

  4. Beat eggs & milk. Add brandy. If you want to, a splash of strong still cider works well.

  5. Soften butter (30s in the microwave works nicely) and cream together with sugar.

  6. Add flour & egg bit by bit mixing well

  7. Add mixed fruit & cherries

  8. Put mix into tin. Tie tin foil round tin and place in oven for 3.5hrs

  9. At 3.5hrs, remove foil and return to oven for 30 mins.

  10. Allow to cool in the tin on a wire rack

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