Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without cake!

Christmas is almost here. Santa is checking his list, the kids are getting excited, and you have just remembered that you haven’t made a Christmas cake. Fear not my friends, I have found a fun and easy to make cake that can be completed in an afternoon.

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Almond and Apricot Christmas Cake

This is a fantastic and easy recipe I found in BBC Good Food magazine, which is perfect for Christmas or any time during the cold winter months… And it is much lighter than a traditional Christmas fruit cake.

  • Preparation time: 30 mins + time to soak the sultanas
  • Cooking time: 1 hour 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 140g golden sultanas
  • 4 tbsp sherry
  • 250g pack butter , softened, plus extra for greasing
  • 250g light soft brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs , beaten
  • 200g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 100g ground almonds
  • 50g toasted flaked almonds
  • 140g dried apricots , chopped
  • 140g mixed peel
  • zest and juice 1 lemon
  • zest and juice 1 orange

Method

  1. Mix the sultanas and sherry and set aside for 1 hr to soak.
  2. Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Grease a deep, 23cm loose-bottomed cake tin, and line the base and sides with a double layer of baking parchment that comes about 2.5cm above the sides of the tin. In your largest mixing bowl, beat the butter, sugar and vanilla together until pale and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one by one.
  3. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and the ground and flaked almonds. Next, add the soaked sultanas with any remaining sherry, the dried apricots, the mixed peel, and all the zest and juice. Scrape into the cake tin, smoothing out the surface.
  4. Bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 1 hr 25 mins. Poke with a skewer in the centre to check it is cooked – if the skewer comes out with any uncooked mixture stuck to it, bake for 10 mins more before checking again. Cool in the tin. Decorated, or wrapped in greaseproof paper and foil, the cake will keep for up to a month.

 

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