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Christmas cake recipe (sorry its very early!)

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mum2RandR Tue 22-Sep-09 18:52:47

I was wondering if anyone had any decent christmas cake recipes? I have tried different ones over the last 4 years and have never found one I really like.
If anyone could give me any recipes I would be very grateful.
Also when do you cook yours? Normally do mine 6-8 weeks before but have noticed the ingredients out in the supermarket already, thought it was a bit early? Thanks x

StirlingIsFedUpOfTheRain Tue 22-Sep-09 22:31:09

I usually use Delias recipe and it is good - but there may be better smile

bamboo Sat 26-Sep-09 09:39:51

Oh, I knew there would be a thread on this somewhere (Thanks mum2RandR)!

I may give Delia's a try but would anyone else like to recommend their recipes smile?

bamboo Sat 26-Sep-09 09:42:10

Btw, I normally do mine in October so, no, not too early - plenty of time to feed it with brandy or whatever!

QuintessentialShadow Sat 26-Sep-09 09:43:35

Excellent, how long before Christmas can I make it?

QuintessentialShadow Sat 26-Sep-09 09:44:37

What brandy do you use?

bamboo Sat 26-Sep-09 09:45:27

Cheap and cheerful supermarket own brand here.

LaDiDaDi Sat 26-Sep-09 14:09:15

I've used this recipe for the past 3 years with lots of compliments traditional christmas cake

Paleodad Sat 26-Sep-09 15:28:40

I always loved my mom's christmas cake best, and have made it myself many times to her recipe, a recipe i believed to be an old family one until she revealed it came from the local newspaper... still a good cake recipe though.
Last year I also added a few hazlenuts, and watered it with amaretto which made it extra special!

Christmas cake (from the 'Express and Star' 1974ish)

currents sultanas 2lbs
mixed fruit 4ozs
4ozs glace chopped cherries
10ozs butter
5ozs soft brown sugar
5oz castor sugar
12ozs sr flour
6 eggs
tsp mixed spice
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
3tbs spirits
rind lemon
milk/water mix...

9 inch round/ 8 inch sq

Gas mk 2/300f 11/2-2hrs
reduce to gas mk 1 2-4 hours

wrap tin in brown paper tied in string

bamboo Sat 26-Sep-09 17:31:24

Ooooh, both sound nice, thanks!

Chamomile Sat 26-Sep-09 18:08:06

Last year I did Delia's and a different one to compare (can't remember which recipe) and everyone prefered the Delia one.

OhYouBadBadKitten Sat 26-Sep-09 18:11:47

I like Delias - always works out. I change what I put in it a bit (leave out the nuts and candied stuff) and put in loads of extra glace cherries.

mum2RandR Sun 27-Sep-09 15:10:24

Thanks for all your replys, both recipes look great.

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