Christmas cake is synonymous with Christmas. Everyone in our house loves Christmas cake and with this recipe so too will everyone in yours!
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100 g Almonds
2 tbsp Black Treacle
optional, to darken the cake
110 g Candied Mixed Peel
450 g Currants
5 - Fresh Egg
110 g Glace Cherries
4 tbsp Irish Whiskey
300 g Muscovado Sugar
350 g Plain Flour
200 g Raisins
200 g Sultanas
1 - SuperValu Granny Smith Apples
peeled and grated
50 g SuperValu Ground Almonds
1 tsp SuperValu Ground Nutmeg
1 - SuperValu Lemon
grated rind and juice
1 tsp SuperValu Mixed Spice
300 g SuperValu Unsalted Irish Creamery Butter 227g
- Using double thickness grease proof paper, line the base and sides of either an 8 or 9 inch cake tin. Tie a double band of brown paper around the outside of the tin. The paper helps absorb some of the oven heat and protects the cake from overcooking.
- Mix the dried fruit, cherries, candied peel, almonds and ground almonds together. Stir in the lemon rind and juice, whiskey and grated apple. Leave on one side while you make the cake mixture.
- Preheat the oven to 150C/300F/Gas Mark 2.
- Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the eggs. Sieve the flour and spices, and fold in half the flour into the cake mixture.
- Stir in half the dried fruit mixture followed by the remaining flour and dried fruit. Stir in enough treacle to darken the cake. The mixture should have a soft dropping consistency. If it looks a tad dry, add a dash of whiskey. Spoon into the prepared tin and make an indentation in the centre of the cake. This helps ensure an even rise.
- Bake the cake for about 3 hours, until it's firm to the touch. When the cake is pierced with a skewer, it should come out clean. If it looks as if it's getting too brown in the oven, cover the surface of the cake with several layers of grease proof paper.
- Leave to cool in the tin before turning out onto a wire rack. Don't bother taking the grease proof paper off though.
- Pierce the cooled cake with a skewer and drizzle over a couple of spoons of additional whiskey.
- Do this a couple of times while it is maturing - once a week should be enough depending on how moist you like your cake.