Boozy Christmas Cake Recipe
250g organic sultanas
250g organic raisins
100g organic unsulphured apricots
100g mixed candied peel (recipe)
4 tablespoons brandy
2 tablespoons whiskey
2 tablespoons Calvados
Zest and juice of a lemon and orange
Soak all the above dried fruit, juice and zest in the booze and leave loosely covered overnight. Stir it occasionally.
250g muscovado sugar or if using ordinary sugar add a tablespoon of molasses
400g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
half tsp of nutmeg, ground cloves and cinnamon
Cream the butter and sugar together. If using muscovado it can be a bit lumpy so mash with a fork. Add one egg at a time and one tablespoon of sieved flour to prevent curdling.
If you need more flour add a tablespoon at a time. My mixture was quite wet.
Pre-heat oven to 150 deg. If using fan set it to 140 initially and turn down to 120 after an hour.
It took just over an hour and a half to bake as I put mine in a fan at 150 deg. It is preferable for it to bake a bit slower so if I was doing it again I would put it in at 140 and turn down after an hour. I was loosely following a Jamie Oliver recipe which said 150.
I sometimes make a marzipan but more often don't bother as most people just pick it off.
I used a 23cm square cake tin with 7cm depth. Slightly smaller would be better to give a bigger rise.
|Finished iced cake|