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Christmas Cake (Dene's version)


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Ingredients

Christmas Cake (Dene's version)

  • 500 g sultanas, (see Note)
  • 250 g Currents
  • 250 g raisins
  • 60 g dates
  • 125 g Prunes
  • 60 g craisins / dried apricots
  • 4 tablespoons brandy or sherry
  • 60 g cooking chocolate
  • 1 small orange or lemon, (strips of rind and juice)
  • 250 g Butter, (softened or sliced)
  • 250 g brown sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla esssence
  • 1 teaspoon almond essence
  • 2 teaspoons glycerine (edible), (I bought mine at a health food store)
  • 2 teaspoons golden syrup
  • 1 tablespoon Jam, (I use apricot, plum or fig)
  • 260 g plain flour, (or baker's flour)
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons brandy or ginger (extra), (I use Bundaberg rum)
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Recipe's preparation

    PREPARE FRUIT
  1. Note: Regarding fruit - I use a mixture of fruits, depending on what's in the pantry, which total 1245g.

    Put sultanas, currents and raisins into a very large bowl.

    Place larger fruits such as dates, prunes and dried apricots into the Thermomix bowl and chop for 20 seconds on Speed 5 until roughly chopped. This may look like a paste if you've used "wet" fruits such as prunes.

    Add to the large bowl with the other fruits. Sprinkle 60 g brandy or sherry over. Mix well, cover and stand overnight or for a few days. Clean and dry bowl.

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  2. PREPARE CAKE MIX
  3. Preheat oven to 150 degrees Celsius.

    Add chocolate and strips of rind to bowl and chop for 5 seconds on Speed 8.

    Add butter and sugar. Beat for 20 seconds on Speed 5.

    Add eggs and beat for 5 seconds on Speed 5.

    Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl.

    Add vanilla, almond essence, glycerine, golden syrup, jam and the juice from the lemon/orange. Mix for 5 seconds on Speed 5.

    Add flour, mixed spice, ground ginger and salt. Mix 20 seconds on Speed 6.

    Pour into large bowl with the fruits and combine until well mixed.

    Spoon the mixture into the cake tin/s.

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  4. COOKING
  5. The time to cook will depend on the size of the cake tins. Cakes should be cooked until firm to touch and a skewer comes out clean and look slightly brown.

    Here's a guide...

    I use small loaf tins (similar to a large muffin) which take about 40 minutes.

    One large cake - 3 to 3 1/2 hours.

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  6. WHEN THE CAKES ARE COOKED ...
  7. WHILE STILL HOT, sprinkle with brandy, sherry or rum.
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Tip

I use a mixture of fruits, depending on what's in the pantry, which total 1245g. This could include those listed in the recipe as well as dried figs or it could be just sultanas.

I've had a photocopy of the recipe I based this on for so long that I can't give credit to it's author. It's very popular with my family and friends.


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