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PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2008 7:43 pm 
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Ingredients:
1 cup of water.
1 tsp baking soda.
1 cup of sugar.
1 tsp salt.
1 cup of brown sugar.
lemon juice.
4 large eggs.
nuts.
1 bottle of brandy.
2 cups of dried fruit.

First sample the brandy to check quality.
Take a large bowl, check the brandy again. To be sure it is of the highest quality, pour one level cup and drink.
Repeat.
Turn on the electric mixer.
Beat one cup of butter in a large fluffy bowl.
Add one teaspoon of sugar, beat again.
At this point it's best to make sure the brandy is still ok.
Try another cup........ just in case.
Turn off the mixerer thingy.
Break 2 eggs and add to the bowl and chuck in the cup of dried fruit.
Pick the fruit up off the floor.
Mix on the turner.
If the dried fruit gets stuck in the beaterers, pry it loose with a sdrewcriver.
Sample the brandy for tonsisticity.
Next, sift 2 cups of salt or something, who giveshz a fig.
Check the brandy.
Now shift the lemon juice and strain your nuts.
Add a spoon of sugar, of somefink. Whatever you can find.
Greash the oven.
Turn the cake tin 360 degrees and try not to fall over.
Dont forget to beat off the turner.
Finally, throw the bowl through the window, finish off the brandy and wipe the counter with the cat.
Fall into bed.

CHERRY MISTMAS.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2008 8:17 am 
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The cake was a failure. I'll have to do it all over again....after I have bought a bottle of brandy. My head hurts!

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2008 1:30 pm 
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hic.........


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 12:17 pm 
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My niece and I iced my Christmas cake yesterday. I had wanted to 'frost' cranberries for the decoration but could not find any on the stem anywhere! So, we made a snowman some holly and berries from the left over icing. Turned out OK. Just hope it tastes good. I used a different recipe this year that I found on the net. There's not a single raisin, currant or sultana in it!

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 12:39 pm 
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That sound unusual, no dried fruit in the Christmas cake, I will be interested to know how it goes down, you will have to let us know after Christmas.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 4:24 pm 
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What's in it Mel?????

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 9:14 pm 
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There is dried fruit but not the above.

Ingredients:
200g (7oz) ready to eat apricots
175g (6oz) ready to eat figs
110g (4oz) ready to eat mango
110g (4oz) ready to eat pineapple
200g (7 oz) glacé cherries
75g (3oz) sweetened dried blueberries
75g (3oz) sweetened dried cranberries
90 ml (6 tbsp) orange juice or brandy
5 ml (1 tsp) cinnamon
250g (9oz) butter
250g (9oz) molasses sugar
4 medium eggs
110g (4oz) almonds, roughly chopped
grated zest of an orange
75g (3oz) ground almonds
225g(8oz) plain flour


Method:
Chop the apricots, figs, mango, pineapple and cherries coarsely, place into a large bowl with the blueberries and cranberries, stir in the orange juice or brandy, cover and leave to soak for at least 6 hours.

Beat together the butter and sugar until fluffy and lighter in colour. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Stir in the nuts and orange zest. Sift together the flour and spices, add half to the creamed mixture with half the fruit mix well. Add the remaining flour and fruit mix thoroughly.

Place the mixture into a greased and lined 20 cm (8 inch) round deep cake tin and smooth the top. Bake electric oven preheated 150ºC middle shelf; gas oven preheated mark 2 middle shelf or cold fan oven 120ºC for 3 - 3½ hours until the cake is firm to the touch and dark golden and a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.

Allow cake to cool in the tin for 15 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Wrap the cake in foil and store in a dry, cool place until required.
Courtesy of the WI
http://www.raisingkids.co.uk/xmas/food_cake.asp

I couldn't get any pineapple the day I bought the ingredients so I used papaya instead as it begins with the same letter :shock: 8)

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 26, 2008 9:36 am 
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Cake is lovely, really light and moist. I'd certainly use this recipe again though I don't think I'd use the papaya, it's a little harder than the other fruit but it's not unpleasant.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 26, 2008 11:49 am 
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I have put the receipe in my cookbook, will give it a try, looks lovely on the picture.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 26, 2008 12:50 pm 
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It didn't say to but I fed it as you would normally. I don't like the usual dried fruit as it gives me heartburn but this was much lighter and I had no after effects. After such a huge Christmas dinner we didn't bother with tea but we did have a slice of cake and a cuppa.

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