Thursday, 27 October 2016

Christmas Cake

I hadn't even thought about the Christmas Cake until I saw a post from a fellow blogger, so I thought it was time to get it done.

I have been using the same recipe for years.

225g Plain Flour
200g Butter
200g Dark Brown Sugar
800g Dried Mixed Fruits
100g Mixed Peel
100g Glace Cherries (Halved) 
100g Nuts  (chopped) you can use a mixture or what ever you have .
Pinch of Salt
Half Tsp of Mixed Spice
Half Tsp Cinnamon
2 Tbsp Black Treacle
1 Tbsp Marmalade
4 Eggs

The fruits and nuts were soaked over night in Brandy - I do not measure this just a bit of guess work.

I always do the all in one method using the food mixer, first  I mixed up all of the ingredients apart from the fruit mix, then stirred through the fruit mix.
Baked for three hours at 150 c.

Smells so good.

So it will be stored away for a few weeks and then I will feed with a little more Brandy, before decorating.

I have always used the roll out icing, but I am just thinking maybe I could have a go at making some Royal Icing, will have to wait and see.

Whilst the oven was on I also made some Cheese & Chive Scones. 

To go with the Leek & Potato soup I made.

So that's the work in the kitchen done for today, I don't know about you but I prefer getting the food prep done in the mornings.