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Recipe

Christmas cake

Welcome the Christmas season into your household with a decadent Christmas cake with dried and glace fruit. This moist fruitcake not only looks good but it�s extremely delicious!

  • 30 mins preparation
  • 2 hrs 45 mins cooking
  • Makes 1 Item
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Ingredients

Christmas cake
  • 2 1/2 cup mixed dried fruit
  • 1/2 cup craisins
  • 1/3 cup brandy or sherry
  • 100 gram packet glace cherries
  • 200 gram butter, chopped, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 orange, finely grated zest
  • 2 cup plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • slivered almonds, to decorate

Method

Christmas cake
  • 1
    In a non-metallic bowl, combine mixed fruit, craisins and brandy. Mix well. Cover with plastic wrap; set aside 3 hours, or overnight. Stir through cherries.
  • 2
    Preheat oven to 150°C (130°C fan-forced). Lightly grease a 20cm square cake pan. Line the base and sides with two layers of baking paper, allowing paper to come 2.5cm above the rim of the pan.
  • 3
    In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar, until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in fruit and zest.
  • 4
    Sift flour and spices into a bowl. Add half of flour to creamed mixture, then add half of orange juice and walnuts. Fold in remaining flour, juice and nuts.
  • 5
    Pour carefully into prepared pan, packing into corners; smooth top. Decorate with almonds.
  • 6
    Bake 2 1/2 hours, or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean and dry. If undercooked, bake further 15 minutes
  • 7
    Remove from oven. Cover with tea towels. Allow to cool completely. Remove from pan; wrap cake in plastic wrap, then foil.

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