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sliced Christmas cake
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Christmas cake

It is now time to make your Christmas cake.

I am very much a traditionalist so at this time of the year I always make my Christmas cake exactly as Mamma made it. Memories flood back as the whole house begins to smell of Christmas spices. I have lived for many years in Australia but I still can't get used to the idea of a hot Christmas. For me, with my Swiss upbringing, Christmas means snow and cold outside and warm times inside when you make all sorts of traditional Christmas treats and decorations. It is a time when I really miss Switzerland. Bondi beach is not quite the same.

Even though this cake is a traditional recipe it is actually contemporary as it is made from organic ingredients and is gluten free, made with almond meal instead of flour.

  • Ingredients
  • 250 gr golden raisins
  • 250 gr sultanas
  • 250 gr currents
  • 100 gr mixed peel
  • 100 gr candid pinapple
  • 100 gr dried apricots
  • 150 ml fresh orange juice plus juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • grated pith of organic lemon
  • 100 gr whole almonds
  • 100 gr whole pistachios
  • 250 gr almond meal
  • 5 whole eggs
  • 100 gr brown sugar
  • 250 gr unsalted butter at room temperature
  • a pinch of salt
  1. Put all the dried fruit in a big bowl, cutting the apricots and pineapple in pieces

    dried fruit in a bowl
  2. add the orange and lemon juice, lemon pith and the spices and mix well

    mixed dried fruit with spices
  3. cover the bowl and leave over night

  4. pre heat oven to 170˚

  5. in your mixer, beat the eggs with the sugar and salt until light and fluffy

  6. now add the butter in little pieces and continue beating

  7. add the almond meal and mix well

    mixing bowl with egg, sugar and almond mix
  8. fold the egg- almond mix through the dried fruits

    a bowl with the dried fruit mix plus the almond egg mix
  9. line a 30 cm bread tin with grease proof paper and fill it with the Christmas mix

    a bread tin lined with grease proof paper and the Christmas mix inside
  10. put the bread tin on an oven tray you have filled with water

  11. bake in pre heated oven for 2 hours

    a golden baked cake
  12. it will keep at least one month if kept in the fridge

    2 slices of Christmas cake
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