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I thought I'd start the blog with a song...

"It's Christmas time, and there's no need to be afraid
At Christmas time, we let in light and banish shade
And in our world of plenty, we can spread a smile of joy"

"Throw your arms around the world
At Christmas time"

Do They Know it's Christmas Time?

Midge Ure / Bob Geldof*

Now that you can't get the song out of your head, you might want to make someone that needs it a Christmas cake. Unlike the recipe for Christmas Cake - Easy, this one needs a little more love, a little more care and very different fruit.

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I made three 10 cm round christmas cakes with this cake batter. I don't really know what size cake you would make (I'm guessing a 23cm square) as I downsized the recipe from a 15 kg cake batter.

Christmas Cake with Glace Fruit

Ingredients

125 grams glace cherries

125 grams sultanas

125 grams currants

125 grams raisins

 125 grams glace peaches**

250 grams glace apricots**

125 grams dates

125 grams prunes

250 mls port

150 grams plain flour

65 grams almond meal

2 eggs

½ tsp baking powder

½ tsp ground cinnamon

 ½ tsp ground mixed spice

½ orange, zest and juice

½ lemon, zest and juice

125 grams butter

125 grams brown sugar

The ingredients for Christmas Cake with Glace Fruit

Method

Soak dried fruit overnight with port, orange zest and juice and lemon zest and juice. I think I left mine in the bucket for about a week. Mmmm... the extra flavour. Roughly chop glace fruit; this can be done in the food processor.

Soak the fruit  Chop the glaced fruit

Cream the butter and sugar. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

 Cream the butter and sugar  Add the eggs 

Sift the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and mixed spice together. Add flour to butter mixture and combine. Stir in fruit. I was lazy and used the Mix Master to mix it all together. (It was also less washing up for the 15 year old.)

Mix in the flour  Add the fruit to the cake mix 

Christmas cake batter ready to go into the tins

The three 10cm tins were lined bottom and sides with baking paper. At the time, I didn't know how many tins I would need, so I lined a couple of extras.

6 tins ready for Christmas Cake  Three 10cm tins lined and filled with Christmas Cake mix

The cakes took 2 hours at 155°C to cook. They were a little dark around the edges, so perhaps turn the oven down even more for a very slow bake.

** Note: I couldn't get glace apricots, so I used glace peaches and pears to a combined weight of 375 grams.

PS. If you would like to sample this cake, it will be served with your tea and coffee as part of the Christmas in July Dinner, or find its way onto your cake stand as part of your High Tea at Jacican.

* Read more: Band Aid - Do They Know It's Christmas Lyrics | MetroLyrics

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