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Brandy Christmas Fruit Cake

 
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Get the jump on your Christmas baking by making this classic fruit cake now. Wrap it well and it will be perfect to serve, or give as a gift, on Christmas Day!

Yield

20

servings

Prep

20

min

Cook

15⅓

hrs

Ready

15⅔

hrs

Trans-fat Free, Low Sodium
 

Ingredients

400 grams raisins, seedless
200 grams currants
100 grams maraschino cherries
quartered
*
100 grams oranges
glace, slices finely chopped
80 grams ginger
glace, finely chopped
290 millilitres brandy
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
½ cup self-rising flour
2 teaspoons mixed spice
*
1 teaspoon ginger
ground
*
250 grams butter
softened
1 cup brown sugar, dark
*
4 ⅔ large eggs
at room temperature
1 x sugar
pure icing, to serve
*

Directions

Place dried fruit, glace fruit and 1 cup brandy in a large airtight container.

Mix well.

Cover and stand overnight or preferably for 1 week, stirring occasionally. Lightly grease a 9cm deep, 20cm (base) square cake pan. Or use individual cake pans.

Line base and sides with brown paper and baking paper (see note).

Preheat oven to 150°C.

Sift flours and spices into a bowl. Using electric beaters, cream butter and sugar in a large bowl until pale and creamy.

Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.

Add marmalade and 1 tablespoon flour mixture and beat until well combined.

Using a large metal spoon, fold remaining flour mixture into butter mixture.

Add fruit mixture to butter mixture and stir until combined.

Press into pan.

Smooth surface.

Tap base of pan on workbench to settle fruit and remove air bubbles.

Cover cake with 3 layers brown paper.

Bake for 3 to 3½ hours or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

Drizzle remaining 2 tablespoons brandy over cake while still hot.

Wrap cake pan in a clean tea towel and allow to cool completely. Remove cake from pan and dust with icing sugar.

Serve.

Notes & tips

If time permits, begin this 1 week ahead. You can make this cake up to 4 weeks ahead. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and foil and store in an airtight container.

Baking tips:

Lightly grease cake pan. Line base and sides with double layer brown paper, then double layer baking paper, allowing a 6cm overhang at all sides. Position oven rack just below centre so cake sits in centre of oven.

 

* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 96g (3.4 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 27039% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 7g 34%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 76mg 25%
Sodium 131mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Sugars g
Protein 7g
Vitamin A 8% Vitamin C 36%
Calcium 4% Iron 8%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?

 

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