Grind almonds, scrolling through it in a food processor for about 10 seconds.
Transfer the sliced almonds in a bowl. Add the dried fruit and lemon peel and orange.
Pour this mixture of brandy, cover the bowl with a clean cloth and leave overnight, stirring every few hours (if possible).
Preheat oven to 160 gr.C.
Sift the flour, salt and spices in a large bowl.
Mix softened butter with brown sugar, and once the mixture becomes homogeneous, add eggs and honey (one), stirring between each addition.
Add dry ingredients to wet and mix until they form a dough.
A mixture of dried fruits and nuts in a colander fold.
Collect the liquid, which was formed from this mixture, and place in the refrigerator - you can use it later to soak the cake.
Add the fruit to the dough for a pie. Stir until the fruits are not distributed evenly over the dough.
Take a round baking dish, grease it with oil and Cover the bottom of a circle of parchment paper, make it easier to remove the cake after baking.
Put the dough into prepared pan. Smooth out the surface of the dough with the back of a spoon.
Bake for 1.5-2 hours, and then reduce the oven temperature to 140 oC and bake an additional 45 minutes (up to one hour).
Do not be surprised, English Christmas cake is baked for a long time, so he is heavy and moist texture.
Check the readiness of the traditional way by sticking a toothpick in the center of the cake - it should come out clean.
Remove the cake from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
Separate his knife from the walls of the mold and flip it on the grill or on a towel. Remove it from the waxed paper.
Prick a toothpick several times the surface of the cake and pour it on the remaining dried fruit brandy.
Wrap the finished cake in two layers of parchment paper and store in the refrigerator until it comes time to decorate.
After a while you can expand the pie and sprinkle the surface of the additional 2-3 tablespoons of brandy.
Decorate the Christmas cake
With a rolling pin roll out the marzipan paste into the reservoir, about 5 mm thick.
If you can not buy the marzipan in the shop, see here how to make paste for a cake with his hands.
Cut a circle out of it by the size of the cake.
Of the remaining marzipan roll out additional bands to cover the sides.
Grease a pie warmed apricot jam, cover and let it stand in a cool place for at least one day.
Whisk the egg whites and sugar with a mixer at high speed - up to soft peaks form (about 5 minutes). Add the olive oil and lemon juice and beat for a few minutes.
Cover the cake icing with a spatula on top and sides.
Sprinkle it with ground nuts or (if desired) garnish with candied cherries, candied color, sliced nuts, Christmas cake to all the colors sparkled like a Christmas tree.