I make my own Christmas Cakes and I know that the thought can be a bit daunting.
It's time consuming but straight forwards. Just mixing stuff up together in sequence. Give it a go.
• Beat together the fat and sugar until they are creamed.
• Beat the eggs and fold them into the fat-sugar cream.
• Fold in the dry ingredients, including the ground almonds, then the treacle
• Stir in the fruit, add the lemon last
Over the years I have developed this mix of ingredients and have stuck to it now for about 11 years.
Ingredients for 2 x 8/9" tins :
16oz plain flour - sieved
16oz soft brown sugar with some caster sugar - sieved
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp mixed spice
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2tbsp black treacle
grated rind and the juice of a lemon
4oz ground almonds
5lbs mixed dried fruit i.e. glacé cherries, raisins, mixed peel, sultanas, currants inc 4oz almonds. (Weigh out the fruit separately and you can use any fruit you like to make up the weight.)
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