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Irish Christmas Cake
What You Need:
  • ¾ pound (3 sticks) plus 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • cups plus 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup coarsely chopped candied cherries
  • 1¼ cups seedless raisins
  • 1¼ cups white raisins
  • 1¼ cups dried currants
  • ¼ cup finely chopped mixed candied fruit peel
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped candied angelica
  • 1¼ cups sugar
  • 7 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts

  • How To Cook:
    1. Preheat the oven to 275°F. Using a pastry brush, coat the bottom and sides of a 9-by-3-inch spring form cake pan with 2 tablespoons of the softened butter.

    2. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of the flour into the pan; tip it from side to side to spread the flour evenly, then invert the pan and rap it sharply on the bottom to remove excess flour.

    3. Combine the cherries, seedless and white raisins, currants, candied peel and angelica in a bowl, add ¼ cup of the flour, and toss the fruit about with a spoon to coat the pieces evenly. Set aside.

    4. In a large bowl, cream ¾ pound of softened butter and the sugar and 2 more tablespoons of the flour together by mashing and beating them against the sides of the bowl until they are light and fluffy.

    5. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then slowly beat in the remaining flour, the allspice and the salt. Combine the nuts with the fruit mixture and add the mixture to the batter, about ½ cup at a time, beating well after each addition.

    6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, spreading it out with a spatula. Bake in the middle of the oven for 2 hours, or until the top of the cake is light golden in color or a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.

    7. Cool the cake completely before removing it from the pan.

    To Make: one 9-inch round white fruitcake
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    Cuisine » Europe » Ireland
    Main Ingredient » Berry » Grape & Raisin
    Main Ingredient » Berry » Currant
    Main Ingredient » Berry » Cherry
    Dish » Cake & Muffins
    Season / Occasion » Christmas


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