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Christmas Cake recipe

(28 Posts)
QueenofClean Sat 07-Sep-13 14:33:19

What's your best Christmas Fruit Cake recipe. I want to make one for first time....so suggestions please.

TIA

MaureenMLove Sat 07-Sep-13 14:37:26

I just use one from Good Housekeeping Cookery Book, which is about 25 year old, I think! grin Just a good rich fruit cake mix. It's all about what you douse it in, between now and Christmas!

I do have a very funny alternative recipe though, just to give you a laugh. Hang on and I'll find it!

QueenofClean Sat 07-Sep-13 14:38:16

Fab thanks. I look forward to both recipes smile.

CunfuddledAlways Sat 07-Sep-13 14:39:14

ooh also interested in making Christmas cake for those first time!

StillNoFuckingEyeDeer Sat 07-Sep-13 15:38:24

Consider making your cake with whisky. It's really good. Cheap blended whisky for soaking the fruit then good stuff for feeding it.

TeamEdward Sat 07-Sep-13 15:40:57

I make Delia's Christmas cake, but think she skimps on the alcohol. She uses 3tbs of brandy, but I use at least 9tbs!
I also leave the fruit for up to a week to steep in the booze, and use anything in the drinks cabinet brandy, rum, whisky or homemade cherry brandy

QueenofClean Sat 07-Sep-13 16:22:08

Will remember the soaking for a week and have plenty of brandy in the cupboard grin

However, no one has actually posted a recipe or a link to the one they use. TIA

CharlotteBr0nteSaurus Sat 07-Sep-13 16:24:13

I use Delia's and am happy with it, although it definitely needs extra booze
I tried one of Nigella's before and it was a bit meh.

CharlotteBr0nteSaurus Sat 07-Sep-13 16:25:17
nemno Sat 07-Sep-13 16:27:42

I often do Delia's. Do other people find her timings much too long though? And yes, more booze needed.

CharlotteBr0nteSaurus Sat 07-Sep-13 16:29:04

re: the times, I do 4 hours. Our ancient gas oven is quite cool.

nemno Sat 07-Sep-13 16:33:41

Thanks for your link Charlotte, interesting that Delia comments on timings in that. I use her Complete Cookery book recipe and generally reduce heat and take the cake out an hour early.

senua Sat 07-Sep-13 16:35:18

OP you may be QueenofClean but Delia is QueenofChristmas. She goes a bit overboard on citrus for my liking but, apart from that, she is brilliant.

QueenofClean Sat 07-Sep-13 16:35:50

Thanks for the link Charlotte. smile

How long do you recommend to keep in oven and when so you start making your Christmas Cakes?

Waswondering Sat 07-Sep-13 16:37:09

I'm a convert to Nigellas chocolate Christmas fruit cake, made with prunes and TIA Maria. I know, sounds odd, but so, so good.

(Her Christmas pudding is amazing too.)

nemno Sat 07-Sep-13 16:39:37

I do my cake and puddings in October. I have been known to keep one pudding for the following year, it is great that mature.

Delia here!

PistachioTruffle Sat 07-Sep-13 16:41:12

I use Delia and it always turns out well - last year I used a tip I read on here and used half the quantity of currants and made it up with extra sultanas, and it turned out even better. I agree with extra booze too, I tend to just slosh it on rather than measure it precisely. I can't remember what the timings were like, but ours is a fan oven so I always adjust anyway.

senua Sat 07-Sep-13 16:44:29

I have been known to do some Christmassy stuff (cake, mincemeat, etc) in the half-term. It keeps the kids entertained for one day.smile

MaureenMLove Sat 07-Sep-13 16:45:34

Sorry for the delay!! I had an unexpected visit from my brother and had to run!

Anyway, you have plenty of nice recipes to follow, so now for the best one! grinwink

* 2 cups flour
... ... * 1 stick butter
* 1 cup of water
* 1 tsp baking soda
* 1 cup of sugar
* 1 tsp salt
* 1 cup of brown sugar
* Lemon juice
* 4 large eggs
* Nuts
* 2 bottle wine
* 2 cups of dried fruit

Sample the wine to check quality. Take a large bowl, check
the wine again. To be sure it is of the highest quality,
pour one level cup and drink. Repeat. Turn on the electric
mixer. Beat one cup of butter in a large fluffy bowl. Add
one teaspoon of sugar. Beat again. At this point it's
best to make sure the wine is still OK. Try another cup...
Just in case. Turn off the mixerer thingy. Break 2 eggs and
add to the bowl and chuck in the cup of dried fruit.

Pick the frigging fruit up off floor. Mix on the turner..
If the fried druit gets stuck in the beaterers just pry it
loose with a drewscriver. Sample the wine to check for
tonsisticity. Next, sift two cups of salt. Or something.
Check the wine. Now shift the lemon juice and strain your
nuts. Add one table. Add a spoon of sugar, or some fink.
Whatever you can find. Greash the oven. Turn the cake tin
360 degrees and try not to fall over. Don't forget to beat off the turner.
Finally,throw the bowl through the window.
Finish the wine and wipe the counter with the cat.

Go to Tesco (ideally by bus) and buy cake.

senua Sat 07-Sep-13 16:53:21

arf!
I love "Add one table."
grin

QueenofClean Sat 07-Sep-13 17:37:03

Arf snortarf at add a table grin

Brilliant....I'm sure I'll do well with the wine tasting wink

Thanks all...Delia seems a winner. So best look at getting ingredients in.

Sybilvimes Sat 07-Sep-13 17:39:17

I think the Delia one is the best. I do mine in October half term and then feed it every second weekend until Christmas.

Taffeta Sun 08-Sep-13 12:04:12

Delia. Much less time than in recipe, and much more booze needed.

Make end Oct or beginning Nov.

QueenofClean Mon 09-Sep-13 09:58:37

I'll have a go at Delia. How much less in time do you all recommend for baking?

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