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    Christmas Cake

    Being as how it's that time of year again, and as a non-cake-maker normally, could I ask for suggested recipes for a really rich (and alcoholic) heavy fruit Christmas cake, please? The easier to make the better, as I tend to be kitchen-dyslexic ...

    I would be very grateful!

    PS if it could be in English weights and measure I would be even more grateful, or if not, perhaps it could come with a conversion chart of some sort?

    Many thanks!
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    Re: Christmas Cake

    How soon do you need the cake?? I have a couple recipes, but some of them need to age before being cooked. Just let me know!! <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Christmas Cake

    Er - it's not going to be needed before Christmas, but other than that I've never had to think about timing! I was only asking this early because I understand adding the alcohol is something done repeatedly over the last couple of weeks!

    I look forward to hearing from you!
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    Re: Christmas Cake

    440 g packed brown sugar
    375 g all-purpose flour
    10 g baking soda
    15 g ground cinnamon
    15 g ground cloves
    10 g ground allspice
    20 g ground nutmeg
    4 eggs
    10 g lemon zest
    30 ml vanilla extract
    120 ml brandy
    215 g raisins
    215 g chopped nuts
    265 g dried mixed fruit
    340 g butter, melted
    415 ml brandy


    Directions
    1 Preheat oven to 225 degrees F (110 degrees C). Grease and flour a tube pan. (A bundt cake pan)
    2 In a large bowl, combine sugar, flour, soda, spices, eggs, lemon rind, vanilla, 120 ml cup brandy, fruit, nuts, and melted butter or margarine. Mix thoroughly. Pour into prepared pan.
    3 Bake for 1 hour, or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
    4 Wrap cooled cake in foil. Sprinkle 10 g tablespoons brandy over the cake everyday for 2 weeks.

    Here we go....this one does not need to age. I have never backed this, but it didn't seem TOO difficult. I think all the measurements have been converted correctly. Let me know what you think and how it turns out!! <img src=/S/chef.gif border=0 alt=chef width=19 height=22>

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    Re: Christmas Cake

    That looks great, thanks, Jennifer! It looks easy enough that even I should be able to get it right! <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16>

    Just one question <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20> - I don't recognise either 'tube pan' or 'bundt pan'?
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    Re: Christmas Cake

    A bundt pan just a regular rectangular pan, except it's a lot deeper. I'm not quite sure of the exact measurements...maybe someone else might know?? I'm not too much help on that question.... <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20>

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    Re: Christmas Cake

    I've been WAITING to post this treasured family recipe!
    have fun!!


    CHRISTMAS CAKE

    Ingredients:
    1 cup of water
    1 tsp baking soda
    1 cup of sugar
    1 tsp salt
    1 cup of brown sugar
    lemon juice
    4 large eggs
    nuts
    1 bottle Vodka
    2 cups of dried fruit

    Sample the vodka to check quality.

    Take a large bowl, check the vodka again. To be sure it is of the highest quality, pour one level cup and drink.

    Repeat.

    Turn on the electric mixer.

    Beat one cup of butter in a large fluffy bowl.

    Add one teaspoon of sugar.

    Beat again.

    At this point it's best to make sure the vodka is shtill OK.

    Try another cup .... just in case

    Turn off the mixerer.

    Break 2 leggs and add to the bowl and chuck in the cup of dried fruit.

    Pick fruit off floor.

    Mix on the turner.

    If the fried druit gets stuck in the beaterers pry it loose with a drewscriver.

    mmm... screwriver... get some oranch shuice...

    Sample the vodka to check for tonsisticity.

    Next, sift two cups of salt. Or something. Who giveshz a...what?

    Check the vodka.

    Now shift the lemon juice and strain your nuts.

    Add one table.

    Add a spoon of sugar, or somefink. Whatever you can find.

    Greash the oven.

    Turn the cake tin 360 degrees and try not to fall over.

    Don't forget to beat off the turner.

    Finally, throw the bowl through the window, finish the vodka and kick the cat.

    CHERRY MISTMAS!
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    Re: Christmas Cake

    <hr>mmm... screwriver... get some oranch shuice... <hr>
    <img src=/S/rofl.gif border=0 alt=rofl width=15 height=15>

    That's just asking for trouble... <img src=/S/dizzy.gif border=0 alt=dizzy width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Christmas Cake

    A Bundt Pan looks something like the picture attached
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    Re: Christmas Cake

    <img src=/S/rofl.gif border=0 alt=rofl width=15 height=15> Your recipe sounds like a lot more fun than mine!!

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    Re: Christmas Cake

    Wow! The cake would turn out looking more like a jelly mould than something you could ice for Christmas! Thanks for letting me know.
    Beryl M


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    Re: Christmas Cake

    The excellent book The Man Who Ate Everything: And Other Gastronomic Feats, Disputes and Pleasurable Pursuits contains, I believe, a recipe for a "white" fruitcake which the author claims is the best holiday fruitcake. With luck it will be available in a local library for your review. If you have to purchase the book, enjoy! It's very funny. Unfortunately, I've lent mine out.

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    Re: Christmas Cake

    Looks fascinating - I've ordered a copy, and I'll let you know how I get on! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Christmas Cake

    Isn't that an 'Angel Food Cake' pan? or something like it?

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    Re: Christmas Cake

    Very similar, the Angel Food Cake pan does have the tube in the middle; however it also has a removable bottom, similar to a springform pan, without the spring on the sides. <img src=/S/angel.gif border=0 alt=angel width=15 height=21>
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