Christmas fruit cake

no rum, light and easy fruit Christmas cake

prep: 10'
bake: 50'
8 large slices

A festive, flavorful, and nutty Christmas cake to sweeten the holiday season even more.

ingredients (at room temperature)

  • 225g (1 and 3⁄4 cups) plain flour
  • juice of an orange - approximately 60ml (4 tbsp)
  • 4g (1tsp) baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 225g (8 oz) unsalted butter, softened
  • 225g (1 cup and 2 tbsp) brown sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 60 g (1/2 cup) chopped almonds or chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 36 g (3 tablespoons) finely diced crystallised orange peel
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 40 g 1/4 cups raisins
  • 40 g (1/4 cups) golden raisins or cranberries
  • 40 g (1/4 cups) chopped dried apricots

For the final garnish: a handful of apricots, walnut halves, orange pels and almonds

preparation

  • grease or line a 23 cm (9 inch) cake tin
  • preheat the oven to 150°C/300°F
  • to make the cake batter, cream the butter and brown sugar using an electric mixer
  • mix for 5 minutes
  • add the eggs one by one beating 1 minute after every addition
  • add the zest of orange and lemon and mix until well-incorporated
  • place the flour in a big bowl
  • add all the dried fruits, spices and baking powder to the flour and mix them well so the fruits are well coated with flour and spices well mixed
  • place the mixer on a low speed, add the orange juice and the flour, fruit and spice mix in alternating steps until all the ingredients are well-incorporated
  • transfer into the tin
  • bake for 50 minutes or until it springs back to the touch and is lightly golden
  • remove from the oven and cool completely before removing from the tin
  • once cool, rub some honey on the surface of the cake using a brush
  • place the remaining apricots, walnut halves, orange peels and almonds on top to cover the surface of the cake and brush with honey to give a glistening touch to them

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