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English Christmas Cake Recipe
 
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English Christmas Cake
Flavors of England
Total time: more than 2 hours

Prep. time: Under 30 minutes
Waiting time: 30 minutes + 5 days
Baking time: 2 to 2-1/2 hours

 
Difficulty: Requires a certain dexterity
Chef's Note
As we traveled the winding roads of the English countryside in search of recipes and regional specialties to accompany tea, we discovered in the southwest this traditional recipe for a cake made with raisins and almond paste.

Though you have to allow one night for soaking, 5 days resting time and several hours to make the cake, this recipe is actually very easy to make. If you are pressed for time, you can always serve it New Year's Eve!

Use a 20 cm (8") square cake pan, or a round one 22.5 cm (9") in diameter.

Ingredients
- 225 g (8 oz.) currants
- 225 g (8 oz.) sultanas
- 225 g (8 oz.) dark raisins
- 225 g (8 oz.) softened butter
- 225 g (8 oz.) brown sugar, light or dark
- 225 g (8 oz.) pastry flour, sifted
- 100 g (3 1/2 oz.) candied cherries, chopped
- 1/2 glass of a blend of brandy and Port
- 4 large eggs, separated
- 5 ml (1 tsp.) vanilla
- 5 ml (1 tsp.) almond extract
- 5 ml (1 tsp.) baking powder
- 5 ml (1 tsp.) allspice

Decoration
- 550 g (1 lb. 3 oz.) almond paste
- 225 g (8 oz.) apricot jam
- 30-45 ml (2-3 tbsp.) water

Royal icing
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