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I made this delicious, tangy, spicy fruit cake for Christmas this year.

Three Citrus Christmas Fruit Cake
A rich fruity tangy traditional Christmas fruit cake.
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Prep Time
45 min
Cook Time
2 hr
Prep Time
45 min
Cook Time
2 hr
  1. Juice of 1 lemon
  2. Juice of 1 orange
  3. Juice of 1 grapefruit
  4. Peel of half a lemon, diced
  5. Peel of half an orange, diced
  6. Peel of half a grapefruit, diced
  7. 500g mixed dried fruit (currants, sultanas, raisins, figs, apricots)
  8. 200g sultanas
  9. 75ml fruit juice
  10. 75ml red wine
  11. 250g margarine
  12. 200g brown sugar
  13. 100g ground almonds
  14. 2 tsp cinnamon
  15. 2 tsp ginger
  16. 2 tsp allspice
  17. 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  18. 175g plain flour
  19. 1 tsp vanilla
  20. 1 tsp baking powder
  21. 4 large eggs
  1. 2x 250g packets white fondant
  2. 1 vial of almond essence
  1. Mix the fruits, peels, juices, sugar, margarine and spices in a large pot. Bring it to boil and simmer for 10 minutes so all the peel is soft and the fruit is well mixed. Pour the fruit mixture into a large bowl and allow it to cool. Preheat the oven to 150ÂșC.
  2. Slowly add the flour, baking powder, vanilla and eggs, with constant mixing.
  3. Pour the batter into a baking tin lined with a double layer of baking paper. Bake for two hours. Remove from the oven. Poke several holes with a skewer throughout the cake and splash extra wine (about 1 tablespoon) around the holes. Repeat this every few days until a week before the cake will be served.
  1. Add the almond essence to one packet of fondant and thoroughly knead it. Roll each layer of fondant thin enough so that the sheet covers the whole cake. Decorate with cake decorating coloring and glazes.
  1. This made a 20cm square cake. The cake does not rise much when cooking, so bake it in a smaller, deeper tin for a taller cake.
Adapted from James Martin, BBC goodfood
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Three Citrus Christmas Fruit Cake

Three Citrus Christmas Fruit Cake

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