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Simnel Cake

Ingredients
For the cake:
  Flour 1⁄2 Pound
  Ground mixed spice 3 Teaspoon
  Baking powder 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Butter 6 Ounce, softened
  Soft brown sugar 6 Ounce
  Eggs 3
  Mixed dried fruits 1⁄2 Pound
  Glace cherries 2 Ounce, quartered
  Candied peel 2 Ounce
  Blanched almonds 1 Ounce
  Milk 1 Tablespoon
  Almond paste 4 Ounce
For the topping:
  Apricot jam 1 Tablespoon, warmed, sieved
  Almond paste 1⁄2 Pound
  Egg white 1 Large, lightly beaten
  Sifted icing sugar 1 Ounce
  Water 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Colored eggs 2 (For Garnish)
Directions

GETTING READY
1) Preheat the oven to 325°F. Grease a 7-inch round cake tin with greased nonstick parchment paper.

MAKING
2) Into a bowl, sift the flour, mixed spice and baking powder. Add in the butter, brown sugar, eggs, dried fruits, cherries, blanched almonds and milk. Beat well for a couple of minutes.
3) Transfer half the amount of mixture into the cake pan.
4) Roll out the almond paste to a 7-inch circle. Place on the batter.
5) Pour the rest of the batter over it. Smoothen the top.
6) Bake for 2 to 2 1/2 hours till a skewer poked in comes out clean.
7) Let cool in the tin for a few minutes before transferring onto a wire rack. Cool completely.
8) Brush apricot jam over the cake.
9) Take 1/4 pound of the almond paste and roll it out to a 7-inch circle. Place over the cake. Make 11 tiny balls out of the remaining almond paste. Place the balls around the egde of the cake. Fix them with egg white.
10) In a broiler, place the cake till the almond paste browns lightly.
11) Mix together the icing sugar and water. Pour gently over the middle of the cake. Allow it to set.
12) Freeze the cake, if you want, at this stage. Transfer the cake into a rigid container. Freeze.

SERVING
13) Serve the Simnel Cake with a garnish of coloured eggs and chicks. Tie a ribbon around the middle.
14) To thaw the cake, let rest at room temperature for 4 hours.
15) Serve as in step 13.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
American
Course: 
Dessert
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Cake
Interest: 
Holiday, Party
Ingredient: 
Almond
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
150 Minutes
Ready In: 
160 Minutes

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