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Christmas fruitcake

29 Jan

My Dad makes this cake every year for Christmas.  My Dad, a builder by trade does a wonderful job of this cake and we all wait patiently until Christmas eve when we are allowed to cut into it.

Ingredients:

1 Kg mixed dried fruit

½ cup booze (rum, brandy, sherry or what ever you fancy)

Soak fruit over night or up to 48 hours till fruit has soaked up all liquid

200g butter

2 cups flour

1 tsp soda

¼ cup golden syrup

½ cup milk

3 eggs

Oven: Preheat oven to 140.C

Method:

Put dried fruit into a large bowl.

Pour over brandy leave in a warm place for 24-48 hours till the fruit has soaked up all the liquid.

Cut or rub cold butter into flour, sugar soda using pastry cutter or food processor.

Measure golden syrup stir with the beaten eggs

Mix liquid and fruit and dry ingredients together.

Line 23cm tin

Bake at 140.c or 120.c for 2-3 hours

Cover top with brown paper when the top gets brown to stop it from getting too brown.

Comments:

This is a great traditional Christmas cake with lots of flavour.  Dad usually covers the cake with white icing.  I am not a big fan of the thick icing so I just decorated mine with some dried fruit and toasted almonds.  I melted some apricot jam and brushed it over the fruit and nuts to give it a nice glaze and shine.

If you make your Christmas cake a good few weeks before Christmas you can really add to the flavour by giving the cake a bit of a drink every week or so.  By this I mean, to spoon over some booze onto the top of the cake and allow the cake to soak it up.  Dad does not do this, but I do!

Adapted from: My Dad, Denis.