Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Classic Christmas Cake Recipe.



Ok Christmas is getting so close how many days now 22. Have you done all your prep work ? 
Do you know what you will be having for your lunch? Dinner? The number of guests attending..?
The list goes on and on .

So how about the "Christmas Cake" saga buy or make your own?!  Really it aint that hard follow these steps and you will be a champ in no time at all.


INGREDIENTS

  • 510g (3 cups) sultanas
  • 265g (1 1/2 cups) Sunbeam flame raisins
  • 155g (1 cup) currants
  • 150g (1 cup) pitted dates, finely chopped
  • 1 x 100g pkt red glace cherries, quartered
  • 75g (1/2 cup) Ocean Spray craisins
  • 75g (1/2 cup) dried pineapple, finely chopped
  • 50g (1/4 cup) mixed peel
  • 185ml (3/4 cup) brandy
  • 2 tsp finely grated orange rind
  • Melted butter, to grease
  • 250g butter, at room temperature
  • 200g (1 cup, firmly packed) brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 300g (2 cups) plain flour
  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • Blanched almonds, to decorate
  • Red glace cherries, extra, halved, to decorate
  • 2 tbs brandy, extra






METHOD

Combine sultanas, raisins, currants, dates, cherries, craisins, pineapple, mixed peel, brandy and orange rind in a large bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside, stirring occasionally, for 2 days to macerate. 



Preheat oven to 150°C. Brush a round 22cm (base measurement) cake pan with melted butter to lightly grease. Line the base and side with 3 layers of non-stick baking paper. 



Use an electric beater to beat butter and sugar in a bowl until pale and creamy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well between each addition until just combined. Add butter mixture to fruit mixture and stir to combine. Add flour and mixed spice and stir until well combined.


 Spoon into prepared pan and smooth the surface. Lightly tap pan on benchtop to release any air bubbles. Arrange almonds and cherries on top of the cake. 


Bake in oven, covered with foil, for 2 hours 40 minutes to 3 hours or until a skewer inserted into centre comes out clean. Drizzle hot cake with extra brandy. ~ {take a few extra swigs for yourself as well} Set aside to cool before turning out. 



No Washing to be done just lick all the beaters and bowl read a magazine with some coffee while licking that bowl clean LOL :-) 









                 WILL YOU BE MAKING YOUR OWN CHRISTMAS CAKE THIS YEAR?


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8 comments:

  1. looks much yummier than the standard fruit cake. Many ways to make this healthy!

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  2. Sounds and looks yum :) We started making our own last few years and I really do think it makes it so special XX

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  3. There's nothing nicer than home made Christmas cake. I used to make my own over the years, but now, with no family nearby, my husband and I don't bother with Christmas fare.

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  4. This looks yummy! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. We make our own Christmas cake each year. My Nan's is the best though! :)

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  6. Oh this looks so yummy!! I will be printing out this recipe. Thanks!! www.mylifeabundant.com

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  7. Oh, I like adding the cranberries - a touch of tartness in all the sweet fruit.

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  8. We usually only have birthday cake for Christmas since it's my cousin's birthday. My mother loves Fruit Cake though, so I bet she'd love this. Maybe it's time to add another cake.

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