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Rich Fruit Christmas Cake

Christmas or rich fruit cakes like these are relatively easy to make. The two main problems are shopping and cooking. I spend hours walking around the supermarket trying to get all the bits and pieces together, and the other is the cooking take it slowly, this cake takes at least 5 ½ hours.
Servings 40
Calories 458 kcal
Prep Time35 mins
Cook Time4 hrs 30 mins
Total Time4 hrs 35 mins

Ingredients
 

For the cake

  • 150 ml Whisky or Brandy
  • 1 large lemon, zest and juice
  • 1 large orange, zest and juice
  • 4 tbsp runny honey
  • 2 tbsp black treacle
  • 200 g currants
  • 200 g fat sultanas
  • 100 g raisins
  • 80 g mixed peel
  • 200 g salted butter, at room temperature
  • 200 g soft brown sugar
  • 3 medium free-range eggs, at room temperature
  • 200 g plain flour
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 40 g ground almonds
  • 40 g nibbed or flaked almonds
  • 80 g whole natural glace cherries
  • 3 tbsp milk

For the top

  • 2 tbsp smooth apricot jam, warmed
  • 2 kg marzipan
  • 600 g royal icing

Instructions
 

  • The first job is to place the booze, lemon and orange zest and juice, honey and treacle into a bowl and whisk together well.
  • Add the fruit and again really mix well, then cover and leave at room temp for 12 hours but best for 24 hours, stirring occasionally.
  • Wrap the tin in 2 layers of brown paper and tie with string, then line the 11" cake tin with at least two layers of greaseproof or silicone paper, leave at least 1½" above the tin.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 150C, gas 2.
  • Place the butter and sugar into a bowl and beat well until creamy no need to go mad.
  • Add eggs together, slowly and gradually add slowly, then add the flour and mix well but do not overbeat.
  • Next, add the spices, nuts, cherries and all the fruit and juices, stir in well.
  • Carefully spoon into the tin, cover loosely with greaseproof paper and pop in the oven.
  • Remove the top paper at about the 4½ hour mark.
  • When cooked, remove from the oven and leave to cool for 30 minutes. Then turn out and leave to cool overnight.
  • Cover with marzipan at least ¾" thick and ice with royal icing, not sugar paste, at least three coats.
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Nutrition Facts
Rich Fruit Christmas Cake
Amount per Serving
Calories
458
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
19
g
29
%
Saturated Fat
 
4
g
25
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
3
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
11
g
Cholesterol
 
23
mg
8
%
Sodium
 
64
mg
3
%
Potassium
 
285
mg
8
%
Carbohydrates
 
65
g
22
%
Fiber
 
3
g
13
%
Sugar
 
51
g
57
%
Protein
 
7
g
14
%
Vitamin A
 
158
IU
3
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
58
mg
6
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword fruit
Course Christmas, Christmas Desserts, Christmas Recipes, Dessert
Cuisine British, Christmas, ITV This Morning, Winter
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