Posted by: Rachael | February 28, 2008

christmas cake

Christmas Cake Recipe……oops forgot to write it up! Fortuitously, J13 has posted exactly the same thing on the kids’ blog today and so I can do a quick copy and paste! She even had the sense to divide it onto “day one activities” and “day two activities”……I wonder if that will help me remember next year that you don’t wake up one morning and decide to bake the cake today!!!!

Day one:

1 ¾C orange juice
¾C dark rum or brandy
2T orange rind, grated
Bring to the boil. Remove from heat.

500g currants
500g raisins
2C sultanas
2C dates, chopped
150g crystallised ginger, chopped
150g mixed peel
150g glace cherries, halved
Add to above and leave to soak overnight.
And I added apricots too because I c.a.n.n.o.t. follow a recipe.

Day two:

½t vanilla essence
¼t almond essence
2t lemon rind, grated
1C blanched almonds
Add to above and mix well.

2 ½C high grade flour
½t baking soda
1t cinnamon
½t ground nutmeg
Sift into a bowl. (Yes, I sifted!!)
(Or, rather, *someone* sifted)
(Net result: the flour was sifted.
That is very very proper.)

250g butter
1 ½C brown sugar
2T treacle
Cream until light and fluffy.

5 eggs
Add, beating well after each addition.
Fold in sifted ingredients alternately with fruit mixture.

Line a deep, square 23cm tin with two layers of brown paper followed by one layer of baking paper. Spoon mixture into tin. Bake at 150°C for 4 hours or until inserted skewer comes out clean. Leave in tin until cold. Wrap in foil or ice cake and store in a cool place.

Thanks for the recipe J13. Maybe you can make the cake next year too ;-)

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