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Organic Christmas Cake

It’s not Christmas without a festive fruit cake! That’s why we’ve made it even easier for you to prepare your Christmas cake in time for the big day with our festive recipe.

Instructions

  • Finely chop the figs and add to a large pan a long with the sultanas, prunes, cranberries and currants. Add the butter, brown sugar and 150ml of brandy and the juice and zest of an orange and lemon.

  • Place the pan on to the heat until the mixture begins to boil then lower the heat and allow to simmer for 5 minutes.

  • Alternatively, you can add the fruit and brandy to a covered mixing bowl and allow to soak over night.

  • Add the mixture to a large mixing bowl to cool. Preheat the oven to 150C or 130C for fan assisted ovens. Line a cake tin with baking paper and add a thick layer of newspaper around the outside of the tin and secure in place with string.

  • Combine the chopped almonds, flour, baking powder, mixed spice, ground cinnamon, ground cloves, nutmeg, eggs and vanilla extract to the fruit mixture. Make sure to mix thoroughly.

  • Add the mixture to the baking tin making sure to flatten the top with a spoon or spatula. Place in the middle of the preheated oven for 2 hours.

  • Carefully remove the cake from the oven and be sure to poke holes in to the cake using a skewer or knife. Add two tablespoons of the left over brandy on top of the cake and allow to cool.

  • Be sure to feed the cake two tablespoons of alcohol every two weeks. A week before you're ready to add your marzipan and icing make sure you do not feed the cake as the Christmas cake needs to be dry before icing.

  • Lightly dust icing sugar on to a clean work surface and roll the marzipan out until the thickness is around 5mm. Apply a thin layer of apricot jam to your cake using a knife and carefully place the marzipan on top. Trim the ends of the marzipan to fit the cake.

  • Allow the marzipan to dry for 1 to 2 days before adding the icing and decoration.

  • If you do not wish to add marzipan and icing to your festive cake, place whole almonds on top for decoration.

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