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Simnel Cake

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  Almond paste 1 Pound (Ready Made Weight)
  Plain flour 8 Ounce
  Salt 1 Pinch
  Nutmeg 1⁄2 Teaspoon, grated
  Ground cinnamon 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Currants 8 Ounce, cleaned
  Sultanas 4 Ounce, cleaned
  Chopped mixed peel 3 Ounce
  Cherries 4 Ounce, quartered
  Butter 6 Ounce
  Caster sugar 6 Ounce
  Eggs 3
  Milk 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Egg white/Apricot glaze 1

Grease and line an 18 cm (7 inch) round cake tin. Shape one-third of the almond paste into a round slightly smaller than the cake tin. Sift together the flour, salt and spices. Mix the currants, sultanas, peel and cherries.
Cream the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy, then beat in the eggs, one at a time. Fold in the flour mixture, adding a little milk, if required, to give a dropping consistency. Fold in the fruit.
Put half the mixture into the prepared tin and place the round of almond paste on top. Cover with the rest of the mixture, spreading it evenly. Bake in a preheated cool oven (150°C/300°F, Gas Mark 2) for 2 1/2 to 3 hours, until the cake is a rich brown and firm to the touch. Leave to cool on a wire rack.
From half the remaining almond paste, shape eleven small balls. Shape the rest into a round to fit the top of the cake. Brush the top surface of the cake with egg white or apricot glaze and place the almond paste round in position. Smooth it slightly with a rolling pin and pinch the edges into scallops with finger and thumb. Score the surface with a knife. Arrange the almond paste balls around the edge and, if liked for extra glaze, brush the whole with egg white. Grill until light golden brown, and finish with a ribbon and a bow when cold. Makes an 18 cm (7 inch) cake.

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Nutrition Facts

Serving size: Complete recipe

Calories 5826 Calories from Fat 2513

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 292 g448.7%

Saturated Fat 110 g549.9%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 1022.8 mg340.9%

Sodium 682.9 mg28.5%

Total Carbohydrates 746 g248.7%

Dietary Fiber 54.7 g219%

Sugars 447.3 g

Protein 95 g189.6%

Vitamin A 114.9% Vitamin C 368.1%

Calcium 149.7% Iron 92.2%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Simnel Cake Recipe