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Traditional Christmas Cake

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Ingredients
  Flour 10 Ounce
  Mixed spice 1 Teaspoon (Leveled)
  Salt 1 Teaspoon (Leveled)
  Butter 8 Ounce
  Brown sugar 8 Ounce
  Eggs 4 Large
  Treacle 1 Tablespoon
  Vanilla essence 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Cherries 4 Ounce
  Currants 8 Ounce
  Sultanas 8 Ounce
  Seedless raisins 8 Ounce
  Peel 4 Ounce, candied
  Blanched almonds 2 Ounce
  Brandy 2 Tablespoon
Directions

GETTING READY
1) Preheat slow oven hot to 300°F, 150°C or Gas No. 2.
2) Rinse cherries in warm water and remove the outer sugary coating.
3) Pat dry with paper towels and cut into quarters.

MAKING
4) In a large bowl sieve together flour, spice and salt. Keep aside.
5) In a bowl cream butter and sugar together until soft and light.
6) In a bowl add eggs, treacle and vanilla essence together. Mix lightly.
7) Fold little at a time into the creamed mixture.
8) Mix little flour with the last few additions of egg.
9) In a basin add mixture, currants, sultanas, seedless raisins, chopped candied peel and chopped almonds.
10) Mix 1-2 spoonfuls of sieved flour to the fruit and combine.
11) With a metal spoon, fold in remaining sieved flour.
12) Add fruit mixture and brandy or milk.
13) In a greased and lined, 8-inch, round, deep cake tin spoon the mixture creating a well at the centre.
14) Keep on shelf below centre of a preheated slow oven (300°F, 150°C or Gas No. 2) and bake for 1 1/2 hours.
15) Decrease heat to slow (275°F, 140°C or Gas No. 1) and bake for a further 2 1/2 hours.
16) Cool the baked cake in tin.

SERVING
16) Cool the baked cake in tin.
17) Wrap and include in gift hampers.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Cake
Occasion: 
Christmas
Restriction: 
Lacto Ovo Vegetarian
Preparation Time: 
45 Minutes
Cook Time: 
240 Minutes
Ready In: 
285 Minutes

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