Lets Talk Christmas–The Preston Recipes–Christmas Cake

Christmas Cake
Christmas Cake

I found the original recipe for my Christmas cake in the “Best Recipes from The Weekly” which I purchased shortly after getting married in 1980. The book is put out by the Australian Women’s Weekly.  At the time of purchase I had no idea that I would use use the book so much that the middle pages would eventually separate from the binding!  My Christmas Cake recipe has developed over the years and below is my version of the original printed version of the Celebration Cake.

Ingredients

1.4 kg good quality Mixed Fruit, 125 grams Glace Cherries (I use red ones), 60 grams Glace Peaches, 60 grams Glace Pineapple, 1 to 1 1/2 cups Brandy, 250 grams Butter, 1 cup Brown Sugar, 5 eggs, 1 1/2 cups plain flour, 1/3 cup Self Raising Flour, 1 Tsp Mixed Spice.

Method

  1. Chop Glace Peaches, Pineapple and Cherries
  2. Combine all fruit (mixed fruit, peaches, pineapple and cherries) in large bowl, pour over brandy, cover and set aside overnight to soak up the alcohol. (I use 1 cup to start with, adding a further 1/2 cup only if necessary.  This will depend on just how dry the fruit is.)
  3. Stir fruit and brandy occasionally so that brandy covers all the fruit
  4. Line a deep 20 cm cake tin with 3 layers of baking paper, making sure that the paper stands about 5 cms above pan, then spray with oil
  5. Beat butter until soft and add sugar.  Beat ONLY until combined
  6. Add eggs one at a time and beat well after each addition
  7. Add butter mixture to fruit mixture and mix well
  8. Stir in dry ingredients and mix thoroughly
  9. Spread into prepared pan and bake in SLOW oven for 3 to 3 1/2 hours.
  10. Lick Bowl !!
  11. When cooked remove from oven and brush top with additional brandy and leave to cool
  12. Cover with tea towel and leave in pan to cool completely
  13. 13. Wrap in 2-3 layers of cling film and store in a cool dark place.  14.
  14. Bon Apatite !!

If you decide to try this recipe, and I so hope that you do, be prepared for the taste of brandy.  It is not overpowering, but it does add a richness to the cake, and has the most mouth watering aroma imaginable!

Sources:  Cake Picture, http://www.kidspot.com.au/slideshow/Traditional-Christmas-Recipes+48.htm

 

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