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DOWN TO EARTH CHRISTMAS CAKE

DOWN TO EARTH CHRISTMAS CAKE

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup dark grape juice

225g butter

1.25 kilos Down to Earth Christmas Cake fruit mix

1 1/2 cups muscovado (molasses sugar)

1 teaspoon grated orange rind

1 teaspoon grated lemon rind

A few drops of pure almond essence

1 teaspoon natural vanilla

2 tablespoons marmalade

4 free-range eggs

21/2 cups wholemeal stone ground flour

1 teaspoon mixed spice

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Line a 20cm tin with brown paper and greaseproof paper.

Prepare fruits by washing and draining. Pour over grape juice and leave overnight at least (leave a little longer for a moist cake). Cream the butter and sugar, grated citrus rind and essences.  Add marmalade. Drop in eggs one at a time, and beat well between eggs. Fold in prepared fruit alternately with sifted dry ingredients. Mix well.

Bake in slow oven at 125° -150°C for approx 4 hours.

For a 500g cake, double all ingredients, using a 25cm square tin, and cook for six hours at the same temperature.

For individual Christmas cakes as gifts, try baking some in jumbo muffin pans, decorate and wrap in cellophane.

Posted: Sunday 11 November 2018