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Christmas Cake (Almond and Royal Icing) Recipe

Christmas Cake (Almond and Royal Icing) is a popular Anglo-Indian Dessert
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On :
Thursday, 29 January, 2015
Category :
Festive Recipe
Course :
Dessert Recipe
Cuisine :
Anglo-Indian Recipe
Technique :
Bake Recipe
Difficulty :
Preparation Time :
12 hours
Servings :
Serves 6
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  • 500 g - Refined flour or Maida
  • 300 g - soft grown Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp - salt
  • 2 tsp - spice powder
  • 500 g - mixed dried fruits (equal quantities of currants, Raisins and sultanas, chopped well and soaked n rum before hand)
  • 100 g - chopped orange/ Lemon peel
  • 500 g - Butter
  • 3 eggs beaten well
  • 4 tsp - Milk
  • 1/2 tsp - baking powder
  • For Almond icing:
  • 300 g Almonds
  • 500 g icing Sugar
  • 1 Egg yolk
  • 1 tsp Almond essence
  • 2 tsps Lime juice
  • For royal icing:
  • 200 g icing Sugar
  • 2 Egg whites
  • 3 tsps Lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
  • How to Make Christmas Cake (Almond and Royal Icing):

    1. Sift the flour, salt, baking powder and spice powder in a bowl.
    2. Add fruit, orange/lemon peel, brown sugar and mix well.
    3. Add the butter and mix with a fork.
    4. Add the beaten eggs and milk and mix well to give a stiff consistency.
    5. Pour the mixture into a greased and papered cake tin and smoothen the top.
    6. Bake in a moderately hot oven for about 1 hour or till the cake is cooked and the top turns brown.
    7. Turn out and cool.
    8. To prepare the almond icing:
    9. Soak the 300 grams almonds in water overnight, then grind to a thick paste.
    10. Add 500 grams icing sugar, 1 egg yolk, 1 tsp almond essence and 2 tbsps lime juice. Cook with a little water in a heavy bottom pan till it solidifies.
    11. Remove from heat and cool. Knead it into a stiff ball.
    12. To prepare the royal icing:
    13. Sift 200g icing sugar into a bowl.
    14. Beat two egg whites then fold them into the sugar.
    15. Add 3 tsp of lemon juice and 1/2 tsp vanilla essence.
    16. Mix to a stiff consistency and keep it aside.
    17. Brush the cake with a layer of jam or egg or egg white.
    18. To help the icing stick to the cake.
    19. Add a thin layer of the almond icing over the cake, pressing it gently to cover the whole cake.
    20. Using a flat spatula dipped in water spread the royal icing over.
    21. The layer of almond icing.
    22. Decorate the cake as desired.


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