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    Wednesday, December 16, 2015

    Christmas cake recipe

    Christmas cake recipe

     250g butter, at room temperature
     200g (1 cup, firmly packed) brown sugar
     4 eggs
     300g (2 cups) plain flour
     2 teaspoons mixed spice
     Blanched almonds, to decorate
     Red glace cherries, extra, halved, to decorate
     2 tablespoons brandy, extra
     510g (3 cups) sultanas
     265g (1 1/2 cups) Sunbeam flame raisins
     155g (1 cup) currants
     150g (1 cup) pitted dates, finely chopped
     1 x 100g pkt red glace cherries, quartered
     75g (1/2 cup) Ocean Spray craisins
     75g (1/2 cup) dried pineapple, finely chopped
     50g (1/4 cup) mixed peel
     185ml (3/4 cup) brandy
     2 teaspoons finely grated orange rind
     Melted butter, to grease

    Christmas cake recipe
    Method Notes
    Step 1
    Combine sultanas, raisins, currants, dates, cherries, craisins, pineapple, mixed peel, brandy and orange rind in a large bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside, stirring occasionally, for 2 days to macerate.
    Step 2
    Preheat oven to 150°C. Brush a round 22cm (base measurement) cake pan with melted butter to lightly grease. Line the base and side with 3 layers of non-stick baking paper.
    Step 3
    Use an electric beater to beat butter and sugar in a bowl until pale and creamy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well between each addition until just combined. Add butter mixture to fruit mixture and stir to combine. Add flour and mixed spice and stir until well combined. Spoon into prepared pan and smooth the surface. Lightly tap pan on benchtop to release any air bubbles. Arrange almonds and cherries on top of the cake.
    Step 4
    Bake in oven, covered with foil, for 2 hours 40 minutes to 3 hours or until a skewer inserted into centre comes out clean. Drizzle hot cake with extra brandy. Set aside to cool before turning out.

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