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Christmas Cake

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Ingredients
  Raisins 12 Ounce (2 Cups)
  Sultanas 12 Ounce (2 Cups)
  Currants 8 Ounce (1 1/3 Cups)
  Mixed peel 4 Ounce (1/3 Cups)
  Glace cherries 4 Ounce (1/3 Cups)
  Glace apricots 2 Ounce (1/3 Cups)
  Apricots 2 Ounce
  Pineapple 2 Ounce
  Glace pineapple 2 Ounce (1/3 Cups)
  Rum 3 Tablespoon
  Butter 8 Ounce
  Firmly packed brown sugar 8 Ounce (1 1/3 Cups)
  Finely grated lemon rind 1
  Lemon, rind 1 Teaspoon, finely grated
  Orange rind 1 Teaspoon, finely grated
  Finely grated orange rind 1
  Golden syrup 3 Tablespoon
  Eggs 5
  Plain flour 10 Ounce (2 1/2 Cups)
  Garam masala 1 Teaspoon, mixed
  Garam masala/Mixed spice 1 Teaspoon
  Cinnamon 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Nutmeg 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Brandy 1 Tablespoon
  Blanched almonds 1 Tablespoon (Extra, To Decorate)
  Blanched almonds 1 Tablespoon
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Wash sultanas, raisins and currants. Dry thoroughly.
2. Finely chop the raisins.
3. In a bowl, add the sultanas, chopped raisins, currants and the coarsely chopped glace fruits.
4. Pour a little brandy on the top and let it soak overnight.
5. Preheat the oven at 300°F.

MAKING
6. Take a greased deep 8-inch cake tin and line it with two thicknesses of greased greaseproof paper and two thicknesses of brown.
7. Beat butter and brown sugar with lemon and orange rind.
8. Stir in golden syrup and beat again.
9. Gradually, stir in eggs one by one and keep beating after adding every eggs.
10. If mixture shows signs of curdling beat in 1 tablespoon of the measured flour with the next egg. Sift flour, spices and salt.
11. Add creamed mixture alternately with fruit dusted with chopped almonds and sifted flour.
12. In a prepared tin, add the mixture and arrange the extra blanched almonds.
13. Place the tin in the oven for 4-4 1/2 hours.
14. Remove the pan from the oven and quickly turn cake upside down over a clean tea towel. Remove the tin and peel off the paper.
15. Sprinkle rum and brandy over the top.
16. Replace paper and place tin on cake while easing over cake.
17. Turn over and wrap in a cloth. Allow to cool.

SERVING
18. Serve in a serving dish at room temperature.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Cake
Occasion: 
Christmas
Restriction: 
Lacto Ovo Vegetarian
Preparation Time: 
60 Minutes
Cook Time: 
270 Minutes
Ready In: 
330 Minutes
Servings: 
8

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