Simmer-&-stir Christmas cake

An easy-to-make alternative to traditional Christmas cakes which requires no beating

Make holes all over the warm cake with a fine skewer and spoon the extra 4tbsp brandy over the holes until it has all soaked in. Leave the cake to cool in the tin. When it's cold, remove it...

  • Yield: Makes a 20cm round cake
  • Cooking time: 2 Hour 30 Min
  • Rating: 5/5
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  • 175g butter Butter butt-errButter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an… , chopped
  • 200g dark muscovado sugar
  • 750g luxury mixed dried fruit (one that includes mixed peel and glacé cherries)
  • finely grated zest and juice of 1 orange Orange or-ange One of the best-known citrus fruits, oranges aren't necessarily orange - some varieties are…
  • finely grated zest of 1 lemon Lemon le-monOval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…
  • 100ml/3½ fl oz cherry brandy Brandy bran-deeBrandy is a distilled spirit made from virtually any fermented fruit or starchy vegetable.… or brandy plus 4tbsp more
  • 85g macadamia nut
  • 3 large egg Egg eggThe ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a… , lightly beaten
  • 85g ground almond Almond arr-mund or al-mundSweet almonds have a subtle fragrance that lends itself well to baking and also works well with…
  • 200g plain flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder Baking powder bay-king pow-dahBaking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali…
  • 1 tsp ground mixed spice
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon Cinnamon sin-ah-munA fragrant spice which comes from the inner bark of a tropical tree. When dried, it curls into…
  • ¼ tsp ground allspice

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