If you are as unorganised as I am you may find it difficult to remember to make the Christmas cakes months in advance. “They” say that the fruit, and booze should have lots of time to soak & absorb all the flavours.
I have no time for letting fruit soak in booze – to be perfectly honest I would rather drink the booze than let some dried up fruit soak it up.
I was given this recipe the other day for a delicious Christmas cake. I am not sure where the recipe was originally sourced so I can’t give credit for the creation of it (sorry!)
Chocolate Christmas Cake
850g dried mixed fruit
150g dark chocolate
200g brown sugar
225g plain flour
30g self raising flour
30g cocoa powder
1/4 tsp bicarb soda
150g dark chocolate chip bits
1. Line base & sides of a 22cm round cake pan
2. Combine fruit, butter, brown sugar, whisky & chocolate in a large saucepan, stir constantly over medium heat until melted. (Taste test!)
3. Increase heat to high & bring to the boil, reduce heat & let simmer for 10 minutes, then cool in pan for 2 hours minimum
4. Preheat oven to 150 C
5. Add eggs, flours, cocoa, bicarb & chocolate bits to the fruit mixture.
6. Pour into the pre-lined cake pan. Bake 2 hours 25 minutes or until skewer comes out clean (after 90minutes cover the cake loosely with foil)
7. Wrap the cake in foil & allow to cool overnight
I am having a little bloggy break for the next week or so. I will be traveling to Tasmania to catch up with more family & friends. I also wish to spend lots of time with the Farmer, as the past 3 weeks without him have been hard – I’ve missed him lots.
I want to thank you all for your support over the past 3 months, and I look forward to continuing the adventures in 2012!
I wish all of you a very happy Christmas. I hope the food is yummy, the family times fun & the rest time relaxing.
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