How to make Christmas cake

Servings: 5 Cooking time: 3 hours 45 minutes

Christmas cake - a traditional pastryWinter holidays in Europe. Last year at Christmas, I prepared a cake with nuts on the Italian recipe. Today, I want to describe a real English Christmas cake, which is the time to prepare in November to work out at the Christmas baking. After all, the holiday should be no misfires: without a delicious Christmas cake richest table will look poor. Is that right?

So try this recipe to makeTraditional English Christmas cake, which consists of dried fruits and almonds. You can bake the cake a few days before the celebration of Christmas, and store it in the freezer, wrapped in greaseproof paper and decorate it on the eve of the mastic and marzipan dough protein glaze and serve.

Ingredients for a "How to make Christmas cake":

For the cake

  • 300 g almonds;
  • 200 g of dried currants or cranberries;
  • 200 g of a clear raisins;
  • 200 g of black raisins;
  • zest of 1 lemon;
  • zest of 1 orange;
  • 1 glass of brandy or cognac;
  • 1 cup flour;
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt.;
  • . 1 teaspoon of mixed spices (cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, ground cloves and nutmeg);
  • 1 cup brown sugar;
  • 1 cup honey (or molasses);
  • 200g soft butter;
  • 4 eggs room temperature.

For registration

  • 200 g marzipan pastes;
  • 2 tbsp. tablespoons of warm apricot jam;
  • 3 egg whites;
  • 600 g of sifted powdered sugar;
  • 1.5 tsp vegetable oil liquid.;
  • 1 tbsp. spoon of lemon juice.

The recipe for "How to make Christmas cake":

Grind almonds
Grind almonds, scrolling through it in a food processor for about 10 seconds.

Mix dried fruits and brandy
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).

Sift the flour, spices and salt
Preheat oven to 160 gr.C.
Sift the flour, salt and spices in a large bowl.

Mix the butter and sugar
Mix softened butter with brown sugar, and once the mixture becomes homogeneous, add eggs and honey (one), stirring between each addition.

Mix the wet and dry ingredients
Add dry ingredients to wet and mix until they form a dough.

Strain through a colander fruit
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.

Mix fruit and dough for a Christmas cake
Add the fruit to the dough for a pie. Stir until the fruits are not distributed evenly over the dough.

Cover the form with baking paper
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.

Bake a Christmas cake in the oven
Put the dough into prepared pan. Smooth out the surface of the dough with the back of a spoon.

Check the readiness of pastries
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 baking paper
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 Christmas cake and put in the refrigerator
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

Roll out the paste for 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.

Cover the Christmas cake with mastic
Cut a circle out of it by the size of the cake.
Of the remaining marzipan roll out additional bands to cover the sides.

Beat the whites and powdered sugar
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 with glaze protein
Cover the cake icing with a spatula on top and sides.

Cover the Christmas cake ground nuts
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.
Bon Appetit!

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