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Christmas Cake


2kgs of mixed fruit

2 cups of sherry or port

500 grams of plain flour

375 grams brown sugar

250 grams butter

2/3 cup milk

1/3 cup water

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

4 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract or paste

1 tsp lemon essence

1 tsp  of almond essence

6 drops of Parisian essence

1 tsp each of nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon and mixed spice


Line cake tin with baking paper.

Marinate dried fruit over night in sherry/port.

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

Add eggs, spices and essences.

Add fruit mixture and flour.

Bring milk and water to the boil, add the bicarbonate of soda and while still frothing, add to the cake mixture. Mix thoroughly. Bake at 180 degrees for 30 minutes then turn oven down to 150 degrees and bake for 3- 3 hours. Make sure your keep checking! This cake is a labour of love but well worth it!

Last modified on Saturday, 07 December 2013 21:14

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