I love Christmas my whole life, for me the best festival in the world would be Christmas. Fun filled, joyous and full of love is how I would describe this festival. Even though I don't celebrate Christmas but the month December always bring lots of excitement and joy for me, be it the movies aired on television, the cakes and cookies, decorations and gifts.
This year I have planned to make a Christmas cake for celebration at home so my mixed dried fruits have been soaking in brandy for the past 3 days, I know usually minimum 6 weeks is needed to get the best out of soaking this dried fruits. But since this is the first time I'm making this cake so I don't have that much of patience to wait for 6 weeks.
Okay now let's check how I made this cake;
500g of dried fruit (assorted)
2 cups of plain flour
1 cup of fresh orange juice
1 cup of soft brown sugar
3 tbsp of treacle/ honey
1 tbsp of orange zest
1 tsp of nutmeg powder
1 tsp of cinnamon powder
1 tsp of mixed spice powder
1 tsp of baking soda
1/2 cup of brandy
150 g of butter
A pinch of salt
Boil dried fruits, butter, brown sugar, orange juice, treacle, salt on a low flame until it bubbles,
then add baking soda at this moment more smaller bubbles will be formed,
turn off the flame and let it completely cool
In another bowl, sift plain flour, nutmeg powder, mixed spice powder, cinnamon powder and keep aside.
Once the fruit mixture completely cool, add eggs and mix, finally add the dry ingredients to this mixture and fold in orange zest well, no need to whisk or beat for very long.
Grease a baking tray and pour in the cake mixture and bake at 150 degrees for 30-45 minutes depending on your own oven. Once baked let the cake completely cool, leave in refrigerator for at least 2 days before cutting and serving the cake.
But I couldn't wait for another 3 days to post this picture so had to cut a small piece out to show to you. For the best taste and moist you can apply brandy on the top layer of the cake for 3 days.
Now our Christmas Cake is ready to be served. Do try and let me know it was!