A couple of months ago, before life got a little bit crazy and I stopped knowing where the time went, I had this grand idea that I would make a Christmas Cake in advance of having people to visit for festive, present-y get togethers. None of that is likely to happen now that the flood happened and next week the ceiling repairs are set to begin, but having found a recipe and got all of the ingredients in, it seemed a shame not to make it anyway.
After asking for some tried and tested recipes, I was pointed in the direction of this one, on Liz's blog. I have to admit, I've once tried to make Christmas cake in the past and it wasn't the best- hence wanting a recipe which I was confident would work.
- 500g mixed fruit
- 100ml brandy
- 100g dried cranberries
- 150g dried apricots, chopped
- zest of 2, juice of 1 oranges
- 175g unsalted butter, chopped
- 200g soft brown sugar
- 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 200g plain flour
- 1/2tsp baking powder
- 2tsp mixed spice
Once boiled, I brought this off the heat and added the egg and sugar and mixed them in. I greased a tin, sifted in the flour and baking powder and spice and then popped it in the oven for 45mins at 130C. Once the first 45mins were up I lowered the temp to 120C and left it in for another 1.5hrs.
Apparently anything between 1.5-2hrs will be good, you'll know when it's read when a skewer comes out with no cake on it.
That was a few days ago and since then I have fed it with fruit juice and a little more brandy, and I will be adding some marzipan and icing later in the week - I know that it should be a little longer usually, but I seem to be running out of time this year.