Preparing our Christmas Fruit Cake

Last year I participated in a challenge on the Down to Earth forum to make our very own Christmas Cake.  The result was more than pleasing and I was so happy and proud.  A wonderful Australian Women's Weekly recipe which I have kept very close all ready for this year.

Last week I shopped for all of the ingredients so everything is now at home and ready to go.  Today was the day to begin.  



Just as I was finishing mixing this morning I had someone come and install a skylight in our kitchen.  Here was this little bottle of brandy on the bench with only a little bit left.  All I could think was 'not a good look.'  Oh well, gotta have a laugh.

Ingredients for soaking fruit
380g or 2¼ cups raisins, chopped coarsely
480g or 3 cups sultanas
110g or ¾ cup currants
250g or 1 cup red glace cherries, quartered
250g or 1½ cups seed prunes, chopped coarsely
120g or ⅓ cup honey
125ml or ½ cup brandy

Wash and sterilise a large jar. 



Weigh or measure each ingredient and place into a large mixing bowl.  Mix well.



Transfer mixture to prepared jar and store in a dry dark place.  I have ours on a shelf in the pantry.  

Give it a stir every now and then to prevent fruit from drying on top.


Last year I baked the cake a few days before Christmas however this year I would like to do things a little differently.  The plan is to bake on Sunday 10th December.  I will poke a few holes in the top and feed the cake with brandy once a week.

If time allows I would also like to decorate with marzipan and royal icing this year.  Ideally I would like to make my own.  I'll cross that bridge when the time comes. 

I'm really excited about producing another Christmas Fruit Cake after last years success.



 

3 comments

  1. It should taste wonderful, Kylie. I have never made a Christmas cake. We don't have that many visitors so would end up eating it ourselves although they do keep a long time apparently.

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  2. I look forward to seeing how it turns out.

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  3. You are such a busy bee! I'm sure it will be wonderful. I've never made one, either. I think here in America we call them fruitcakes. I used to see them in catalogs. We received one once as a gift, and it was delicious.

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