HOW TO MAKE CHRISTMAS CAKE

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Tradtional Christmas Cake Recipe














Tradtional Christmas Cake Recipe
A great Christmas cake recipe to try !

Christmas cake Recipe Ingredients
  • 10 oz plain flour
  • Pinch salt
  • ½ baking powder
  • ½ tsp mixed spice
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbs cocoa powder
  • 1 lb mixed fruit
  • ½ lb glace cherries
  • ½ lb currants
  • 12 oz sultanas
  • 4 oz chopped almonds
  • ½ lb softened butter
  • ½ lb soft dark sugar
  • 4 beaten eggs
  • 1 lemon (juice and grated rind)
  • 1 tbs black treacle
  • 3 tbs brandy
  • A little milk (if necessary)
Christmas Cake Recipe INSTRUCTIONS

* Sift the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl
* Stir in the baking powder, cocoa, cinnamon and mixed spice.
* Add the dried fruit, currants, sultanas, glace cherries and nuts.
* In another mixing bowl cream the sugar and butter together until fluffy.
* Beat in the eggs, a little at a time.
* Fold in half the flour & fruit mixture a bit at a time.
* Mix in the lemon rind and juice, treacle and brandy.
* Stir all together until well-mixed.
* Add a wee bit milk if it seems too dry.
* Spoon the mixture into a deep tin (about 8" or 9" round or square) which has been been double-lined with well-greased greaseproof paper.
* Make a slight indentation in the centre of the mixture.
* Bake in a cook oven (150°C/300°F/Gas 2) for 1 hour.
* Reduce heat to 140°F/275°C/Gas 1) and continue baking fora further 3 - 3½ hrs.
* Test if cake is cooked by gently inserting a thin skewer in the centre - if it comes out 'clean' - then it is cooked.
* Cover the top of the cake with greaseproof paper if it becomes too brown during baking.
* When cooked, remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin before turning out onto a wire tray.
* Carefully peel off paper.

The Marzipan (Almond Paste)
Ingredients
  • ½ lb ground almonds
  • ½ lb sifted icing sugar
  • ½ lb castor sugar
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp vanilla essence
  • ¼ tsp almond essence
  • 4 tbs sieved apricot jam
Method

* Thoroughly mix together the almonds, icing sugar, castor sugar.
* Beat in the egg, lemon juice, vanilla and almond essences until the paste is soft but not sticky
* Turn on to a board sprinkled with icing sugar and knead the paste lightly until smooth.
* Use immediately or wrap in clingfilm until ready for use.
* Divide the paste into 2.
* Roll out 1 half into 8" or 9" round or square to match the cake.
* Brush the top of the cake with the sieved jam.
* Place the cake upside down on the marzipan round or square and press down firmly.
* Roll the remaining marzipan in a strip wide enough to go round the sides of the cake.
* Cut in half for a round cake, divide into 4 for a square one.
* Brush the sides of the cake with the jam.
* Press the marzipan into the cake ensuring each piece joins with the other neatly.
* Leave to dry for 2 - 3 days.

The Icing
Ingredients
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 lb sifted icing sugar
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp glycerine (optional - this creates a 'softer' icing if preferred)
Christmas cake Icing Recipe Instructions :
* Beat the egg whites in a large mixing bowl until frothy.
* Gradually beat in the icing sugar until it is completely mixed and the icing is stiff, standing in peaks.
* Beat thoroughly to ensure there are no lumps.
* Beat in the lemon juice and glycerine (if using).
* Use immediately or cover with polythene (or damp cloth)

To ice the cake with 'snow' effects.

* Place cake on a cake board and place icing on top.
* Spread icing all over top and sides.
* Using a palette knife, pull parts of the icing up using sharp and short movements.
* Do this all over the cake to create the traditional 'snow' effect.
* Decorate with Christmas cake ornaments.

To 'flat' ice the cake

* Leave some icing aside to make any edible decorations (eg berries, bells etc)
* Place cake on a cake board and put three quarters of the remainder on top (cover remaining with cloth/polythene as above)
* Using an 'icing' ruler or palette knife, spread the icing lightly over the top, backwards and forwards.
* Continue doing this until any air bubbles are out of the icing and the icing is looking flat.
* When it's looking smooth, draw the ruler across the top in one steady movement.
* Take off any icing that got on the sides and put back in the bowl with the rest and keep covered.
* Allow the top icing to set before icing the sides.
* Put the remaining icing on the sides and in the same way - use the ruler or palette knife to smooth it out and join the icing together.
* Decorate creative using some of the icing you left aside at the beginning or any left marzipan you might have left over.

The traditional Christmas Cake Recipe is ready to serve!! Nice !! Enjoy it!

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