Last weekend I really wanted to bake- looking through to cupboards I was trying to decide what to bake when I decided I would make a Christmas cake- I already had everything in the house. So I thought I would share my Christmas cake recipe.
1kg mixed dried fruits (I used Raisins, Sultanas, Prunes, apricots)
Zest and Juice 1 oranage
Zest and Juice 1 Lime
200g soft brown sugar
175g plain flour
100g ground almonds
¼ tsp baking powder
2 tsp mixed spice
1tsp ground cinnamon
5 cloves (ground)
100g flaked almonds
4 large eggs
1tsp vanilla extract
Put the dried fruit, Lemon and Lime juice and zest, butter and sugar into a large pan and bring to the boil. Allow it to simmer for 5-10 minutes before letting it cool.
Pre-heat your oven 130c (Fan Oven). Line a cake tin with 2 sheets of parchment paper and cover the outside of the tin with newspaper- tying with a piece of string.
Add the remaining ingredients to cooled fruit mixture, stirring well to make sure all the ingredients are mixed. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin.
Remove the cake from the oven and poke holes in the top- Pour 1-2 tbsp of alcohol. Wrap in clingfilm to store.
Pour 1-2 tbsp over the cake every 2 weeks.