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
Brandy

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.

26 comments:

  1. I can almost smell your blog post today Marlene. The scones look so delicious. I don't make Christmas cake anymore (I do miss the aroma throughout the house whilst cooking it though) as I'm not a fan of fruitcake and found I was baking it just for the tradition of it. Any alternative ideas would be gratefully received. X

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    1. Thankyou Jules, well if your not a fan there is no point in just doing it for tradition, how about doing a Yule Log or similar with a white chocolate frosting and decorate it as well?xx

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  2. Your kitchen must smell beautiful at the moment with the amazing smell of the cake. My daughter is making mine again this year but I do miss the process. The scones look delicious.

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  3. You have been a busy girl! The cake looks lovely, as do the scones and the soup! I love the smell of the Christmas cake baking! But I don't bake ours until really close to Christmas. I've been known to bake it two days before and ice it on Christmas Eve! But it always tastes good. I think this idea of making it a long time in advance started when we didn't have preservative in fruits and so they had to be used when they were available, and not in mid December. But whenever they are baked, they always taste lovely!
    Do try real almond paste and royal icing. Much nicer than that stuff called icing which isn't icing at all, but a nasty confection which makes my teeth ache just thinking about it. Just lightly beat an egg white and add icing sugar until stiff ... if a bit too stiff, slacken with a little fresh lemon juice. Simple, and rough ice, no need for fancyness, just some decorations then and a ribbon, job done.
    Margaret P

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    1. Thankyou Margaret, yes I shall try making my own Royal Icing , it will will give it a different look as well.

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  4. I soak my fruit in juice and zest of fresh oranges and lemons and add Brandy after the cake has been cooked

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  5. Those scones look absolutely perfect; and such an original combination !

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    1. Thankyou, all gone now and they were delicious.

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  6. My cake will be ready to roll this weekend and the fruit's been soaking for about 10 days. I think I'll add some treacle and marmalade to mine too.
    xx

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  7. Love getting my food prep done in the mornings! Love it. ooh, I bet your kitchen had a beautiful smell, your cake looks gorgeous. I'd love a few of those scones too!

    Your comment made me smile today. You have totally and utterly understood exactly what I meant! It's good to do nice things like that, isn't it? I agree, we need to do more of it. xx

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  8. Thankyou Sadie, the scones were very nice I have to say, and loved your posted today, we do and yes we will xx

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  9. Your cake looks scrummy so do the scones. I'm glad I never liked Christmas cake until a couple of years ago otherwise id be the size of a house. I daren't make one it wouldn't last.

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    1. Thanks Tania, I made sure I told John and Jack it was for Christmas else they might have started on it.

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  10. As nobody here eats Christmas cake I never make one although I have always wanted to. We have a Yule log and mince pies.
    Your cheese scones look soooooo tasty. We are having some with a homemade tomato soup one night next week-x-

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    1. Not much point making if know one eats it, I always look forward to mince pies.x

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  11. I do lots of cooking and baking but my mum always makes our Christmas cake and I decorate it. Those scones look fab I can never get mine to rise I've tried everything I can think of so I've now abandoned making them think I will have another go now I've seen yours lol

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    1. That's a good bit of team work, Good luck with your scones x

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  12. Cheese scones...my favourite. No Christmas cake here as nobody likes it but we will have mince pies by the barrow load!
    Arilx

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    1. I do prefer the jam and cream version, but that wouldn't have gone with soup :-) x

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  13. I haven't made a cake for a couple of years now. Not big fans of it since Dad died, so now I just buy a block of marzipan to eat, cut into festive shapes, which is the only thing I really loved about rich fruit cakes. It does look very good though and I do miss the festive fragrances.

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    1. Quite a lot of people aren't keen I only make it is a favourite here, one year I bought one and everyone was disappointed. I am not overly keen on the marzipan I roll it out quite thin.

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  14. I don't make my own Christmas cake any more either now there's just the two of us at home. I'd keep eating it! Those cheese scones are a different matter...yummy.... xx

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    1. John is a big fruit cake fan, Jack and I will have a few pieces, but it keeps for ages. x

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