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Traditional Xmas cake Recipe

Traditional Xmas cake is a popular Anglo-Indian Dessert
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On :
Thursday, 17 April, 2014
Category :
Kid friendly Recipe
Course :
Dessert Recipe
Cuisine :
Anglo-Indian Recipe
Technique :
Bake Recipe
Difficulty :
Servings :
Serves 6
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  • 500 g - Refined flour or Maida
  • 300 g - soft Brown 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 in rum beforehand
  • 100 g - chopped orange/lemon peel
  • 500 g - Butter
  • 3 eggs beaten well
  • 4 tbsp - Milk
  • 1/2 tsp - baking powder
  • For Almond icing:
  • 300 g Almonds
  • 500 g icing Sugar
  • 1 Egg yolk
  • 1 tsp Almond essence
  • 2 tbsps Lime juice
  • For royal icing:
  • 200 g icing Sugar
  • 2 Egg whites
  • 3 tbsps Lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
  • How to Make Traditional Xmas cake:

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


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