An excellent Christmas cake recipe passed down through many generations. Originates from Tring in Hertfordshire, England. Traditionally served at Christmas teatime."Brilliant cake, I made it for Xmas without the alcohol and it was amazing, family love especially my hubby and mum in law, they liked it so much I'm making another one next week. This cake is too good just to have at xmas." - Shazzabazza50
Yield: 20 Ready in 4 hours, 30 minutes
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|1 1/2 cupsraisins; (12oz)|
|2 cupscurrants; (1lb)|
|1 1/2 cupssultanas; (12oz)|
|1/2 cupalmonds; (4oz)|
|3/4 cupmixed peel; (6oz)|
|1/2 cupglace/candied cherries; (4oz)|
|lemon; rind of half, grated and the juice of one lemon|
|1 1/2 cupsunsalted butter; (12oz)|
|1 3/4 cupsmoist brown sugar; (12oz)|
|3 cupsplain flour; (12oz)|
|1/2 level teaspoonCinnamon|
|1/2 level teaspoonnutmeg; crushed|
|1 level teaspoonmixed spice|
|1 level tablespoonblack treacle|
|2 tablespoonBrandy; least|
Christmas Cake Preparation
Grease a 9-10 inch tin.
Cream butter, sugar and grated lemon rind until light and fluffy.
Beat in eggs, one at a time.
Mix dry ingredients together well.
Add to creamed butter etc.
Mix in the chosen alcohol and lemon juice (add a little extra if the mixture seems too stiff) to form a dropping consistency.
Turn into lined tin, ensure there are no pockets of air and the surface of the mixture is flat.
Tie a double band of brown paper around the tin - approximately 3 inches above the rim of the tin.
Place in oven one rung below the middle at 160 degrees centigrade.
Bake for 2 hours and then reduce heat to 150 degrees centigrade for a further 1 1/2 - 2 hours.
Leave the cake to cool in the tin.
Remove paper and turn cake upside down and make holes with a steel knitting needle or cocktail stick.
Pour in extra spirit and leave cake upside down until the spirit has been absorbed.
Wrap the cake in fresh grease proof paper and leave for at least 48 hours before icing.
Before icing, the cake can be stored for up to 2 months wrapped in foil.
Keep "feeding" the cake with alcohol until you are ready to put almond icing and then royal icing onto it.
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