Try something different and bake your own Christmas cake

Christmas cake recipe

Ingredients Instructions
  • Day 1 - Soaker - 75g sultanas
  • 75g currants
  • 75g dates
  • 100g sour cherries
  • 50g mixed peel
  • 100g dried figs ( roughly chopped)
  • 50g hazelnuts (roughly chopped)
  • 50g brandy + an extra 50g
  • Sourdough feed
  • 125g strong white flour
  • 125g water
  • 35g sourdough
  • Day 2 - final mix - 150g unsalted butter
  • 150g soft light brown sugar
  • 50g soft dark brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 25g treacle
  • 250g sourdough
  • 125g plain flour
  • 3/4 tsp ground mixed spice
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • 1 x deep 8” cake tin lined with greaseproof paper bottom and sides
  • Day 1 - Mix together your soaker ingredients and leave covered in a bowl over night to absorb the brandy.
  • Mix your sourdough feed ingredients until combined and leave in a warm spot over night to ferment.
  • Day 2 - Cream together the butter and sugars until pale and fluffy then add in your eggs one by one allowing them to fully incorporate into the mix before adding in the next one.
  • Add in the treacle and sourdough into your butter, sugar and egg mix followed by the flour and spices.
  • Once these ingredients have combined finally mix through your soaked fruits and nuts and then fill your tin with the mix. Leave this to ferment overnight in the fridge.
  • Day 3 - Preheat the oven to 150c and bake for around 3-4hrs. A skewer should come out the cake clean when it is fully baked. When the cake is removed from the oven pour over an extra 50g of brandy.
  • Wrap the Christmas cake in foil and feed with brandy every week. Ice or finish as you want, you can top with glace fruits or else go for a more traditional finish with marzipan and icing.

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