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Christmas Cake (Dene's version)


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Ingredients

Christmas Cake (Dene's version)

  • 500 g sultanas, (see Tips)
  • 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)
  • 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: See tips regarding fruit.

    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 lemon/orange juice. 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.

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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. Cakes will also look slightly brown.

    Here's a guide.

    I use small loaf tins 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 which total 1245g, depending on what's in the pantry.

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.


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