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Classic Christmas Cake
Ingredients
  • For the pre-soaking:
  • 450g currants (see Dried fruits note at foot of method)
  • 175g sultanas (see Dried fruits note at foot of method)
  • 175g raisins (see Dried fruits note at foot of method)
  • 50g chopped glacé cherries (see Dried fruits note at foot of method)
  • 50g mixed chopped candied peel (see Dried fruits note at foot of method)
  • 100ml brandy
  • For the cake:
  • 225g plain flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ level teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
  • ½ level teaspoon ground mixed spice
  • 225g dark brown soft sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 dessertspoon black treacle
  • 225g spreadable butter
  • 50g chopped almonds (skin on)
  • zest of 1 lemon and 1 orange
  • For feeding and topping:
  • Armagnac or brandy to 'feed' the cake
  • 100g whole blanched almonds (only if you don’t intend to ice the cake)
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