Christmas cakes Recipes

Christmas is the festival of joy and merry making. People enjoy Christmas parties which has been a trend for a long time. People also enjoy parties at home with their friends and relatives and with their family members. The Christmas parties have special dishes and people like these on the festival very much. People cook different dishes for the family and their guests they invite on Christmas dinner or parties etc. but one thing that is very special on the occasion of Christmas is the Christmas cake.

Christmas cake is very popular and some people even gift Christmas cakes to their loved ones on Christmas. The tradition of Christmas cakes is very old. Christmas cakes are liked by almost everyone but it is a favorite of children. Parents specially cook Christmas cakes for their children on Christmas. Christmas cakes are famous in the whole world.

The people who don’t have time to cook or who are not good in cooking buy Christmas cakes from the market for Christmas celebration at home and for giving as a gift to their love ones. You can find many Christmas cake Recipes on internet. The recipes of cooking Christmas cakes vary from person to person depending on the cooking expertise one posses but an easy Christmas cake recipe is given below.

Christmas cake Recipes Ingredients:
 

  1. 1/2 kg all purpose flour
  2. 1/2 kg butter (salted or unsalted will do)
  3. 1/2 kg sugar
  4. 1/2 kg candied peel (my mother usually soaks these in rum from the year before but that is optional)
  5. 1/2 kg mixed dried fruit (walnuts, almonds, cashews), chopped into small pieces
  6. 10 eggs
  7. 1/2 tsp baking powder
  8. 2 tsps vanilla essence
  9. 2 tsps almond essence
  10.  3 tbsps orange marmalade
  11.  1/2 cup dark rum
  12.  15 cloves
  13.  4" cinnamon stick
  14.  15 green cardamom - peeled and seeds removed
  15.  2 small/ 1 large nutmeg
     

Preparation:

  1. Prepare the spice powder by grinding the cloves, cinnamon, cardamom seeds and cinnamon with 1 tsp of sugar in a clean, dry coffee grinder. Keep aside in a small bowl for later.
  2. Spread the candied peel and chopped dried fruit on a clean counter surface or large plate and sprinkle a tbsp or two of flour over it. Toss to coat well. This prevents the fruit from sinking to the bottom of the cake while baking!
  3. Mix the remaining flour, previously prepared spice powder and baking powder together well.
  4. Prepare your cake tins by lining them with good baking paper. Double line the bottom. Also cut a piece to place on top of the batter while cooking. This should be roughly 2" smaller in measurements on all sides, than the tins dimensions. This piece of baking paper prevents the cake from rising disproportionately and cracking at the top while baking!
  5. Mix 1 cup of sugar in a pan with 2-3 tbsps of water and put on the fire. Cook on medium flame till all the sugar dissolves and the syrup starts to turn dark brown to black in color and begins to smoke a little. Dont be alarmed if it after it melts, it begins to crystallize again. Just keep it on the heat and it will melt again. Once it is ready (as above), turn off the heat. Carefully add 1/4 cup water and put the syrup back on the fire (medium flame) and cook till the earlier syrup and water you just added, is nicely blended. You will end up with thick, almost black, smooth syrup.
  6. While you are preparing the dark sugar syrup, use a hand blender/ mixer to blend the remaining sugar and butter till smooth, soft and fluffy.
  7.  Now add 2 eggs at a time and continue to whisk with the hand blender till all eggs are used up and the mixture is light and fluffy.
  8. Add the vanilla essence, almond essence. Whisk some more.
  9. Add the orange marmalade and a little of the dark sugar syrup at a time and keep whisking. Use up all the dark sugar syrup and blend till batter is smooth.
  10. Use a cooking spoon and add a spoonful of flour at a time to the above batter while continuing to whisk. Each time you add flour, whisk till that lot is fully blended and the batter is smooth before adding more. Continue till all the flour is used up this way.
  11. Add the dark rum now and whisk till fully blended in the batter.
  12. Preheat your oven to 350 F/ 180 C/ Gas Mark 4.
  13. Now add the floured, candied peel and dried fruit to the cake batter, a little at a time and fold in very gently.
  14. Spoon the cake batter into the prepared, lined tins till half full. Place the small piece of baking paper on top.
  15. Reduce the oven heat to 250 F/ 130 C/ Gas Mark 1/2 and put the cakes in to bake.
  16. Bake till "you start to smell a cooked aroma" (to quote my Mother!), then poke the cake in the center with a thin bamboo skewer to check if it is done. If the skewer comes out clean the cake is done. If not, keep cooking and check every 5 minutes to see if done.
  17. When cooked, allow the cake to cool completely before cutting or icing.    When cool, remove from the cake tin and slice or do icing of your choice. My Mother usually does a layer of almond icing!
  18. Serve and enjoy!
Christmas cakes Recipes

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