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Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Let them eat cake, she said..

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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.

Ingredients: 
  • 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
To begin with, I grated the orange zest and juiced one, added it to the pan with brandy, butter, mixed fruit, cranberries and apricots. I brought this up to the boil, making  sure to keep stirring.

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. 




5 comments:

  1. ooooh looking good! Love all your pastel things too. I just buy mine from M&S because I'm lazy ;)

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  2. Sounds so yummy!I will give this a try as well.I love apricot anything...and brandy? How can you go wrong?! :-)

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  3. I totally forgot about baking a Christmas cake this year - November ended up being busier then I thought to find the time. I guess it's too late to bake one this year too, sad times!

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  4. Glad you tried it, looks like it turned out nicely! Hope it tastes good on the day xx

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  5. It looks wonderful and I'm sure it's going to taste amazing! <3

    Jennie xo | sailorjennie.com

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