English Christmas Cake

14/03/2013
Ilaria
fromIlaria Novice
"Santa Claus categorically refuse to leave presents in England if he doesn`t get his traditional Christmas cake."
Preparation40 min.
Cooking180 min.
Тotal220 min.
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Ingredients

  • figs - 3.5 oz (100 g) dried, chopped
  • dried fruits - 9 oz (250 g) mix
  • blueberries - 3.5 oz (100 g) dried
  • cherries - 3.5 oz (100 g) candied, finely chopped
  • ginger - 1 - hunky, fresh, finely chopped
  • oranges - juice of 1 orange
  • flour - 1 cup (225 g) self - raising
  • sugar - 1 cup (225 g) brown
  • butter - 1 cup (250 g)
  • eggs - 4
  • molasses - 1 tablespoon dark, from fruits
  • apples - 1, peeled and grated
  • marsala - 2/5 cup (100 ml), or other liqueur wine
  • brandy - 2/5 cup (100 ml) can and rum or brandy
  • walnuts - 3 1/3 tbsp (50 g) chopped
  • cloves - 3 grains, ground
  • pepper - 1 pinch
  • cinnamon - 1 tablespoon
  • nutmeg - 1/2 tsp ground
  • jam - 4 - 5 tbsp apricot, for topping
  • couverture – white, to cover the cake, if desired

Preparation

In a large bowl mix all the fruits and chopped ginger, orange juice, brandy and marsala /brandy/ rum. Let it stand for 1 night. Beat butter and sugar and gradually add 1 egg with 1 tablespoon flour.

Stir with all the eggs and flour and add all the spices. You should also add soaked fruit and juice and mix well. Finally, stir in the nuts, molasses and grated apple.

Prepare a taller baking tray with baking paper and gently grease it. Pour the mixture for this Christmas cake and then spread it evenly. Put to bake in a preheated oven at 302°F (150 °C) for about 3 hours, or until a when wooden skewer is stuck in the cake, it comes out clean.

When ready, remove from the oven and brush with apricot jam. Another option is to wash with a few tablespoons of brandy or rum. Prepare frosting according to package directions and pour it over the already cool Christmas cake.
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