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Three must bake Christmas cake you!

Spiced Stollen Plait

Go for Stollen? This zesty, fruity remix will engage in you head over heels in love.

Ingredients:

450g strong plain flour

225ml full-fat milk (although semi-skimmed is fine)

3 tablespoons of honey (clear is preferred)

85g butter, cut back into small cubes

140g miscellaneous dried fruit

4 tablespoons brandy or orange juice (for tee-totallers)

7g sachet quick-action dried mildew

½ a nutmeg, grated discerningly

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon miscellaneous spice

1 outsized egg, beaten, plus an extra to glaze

Zest of 1 lemon

Zest of an orange

Dash of lubricate (rapeseed/vegetable/sunflower) in favor of greasing

300g marzipan

A handful of flaked almonds

Some icing darling in favor of dusting

Instructions:

Mix the dried fruit in a bowl with the brandy or orange juice, cover with cling film and microwave on High in favor of a summarize. Place exposed of the way to cool down.

Mix the milk and honey in a pot and round (medium) on a hob until they completely befall to the boil. Remove from and add the cubes of butter. Stir in until the butter melts.

Mix the flour, mildew, all the spices (inc nutmeg and cinnamon) and the ½ tsp salt in a outsized bowl.

When the milk mixtures has cooled to body temp, add it all to the flour bowl. Mix in the egg and keenness with a spoon and at that time with your hands until it forms a dough. Add a little further flour if it’s really sticky.

Tip exposed the dough against your effect external (make surely it’s lightly dashed with flour as not to stick) and knead in favor of 10 mins or until smooth and stretchable. Place dough in a clean, lightly greased bowl and cover with greased cling film. Leave it to verify in favor of 2 hrs or until it has doubled in size. The dough can right now be set aside in the fridge in favor of up to 2 days; completely produce surely to permit it temperate to span heat ahead of continuing.

When the dough has doubled in size, place on your effect external and massage exposed the air bubbles. Add the soaked fruit and knead it all in.

Roll the dough into a pay, roughly 40 x 40cm and at that time cut back into 3 long strips. Divide the marzipan into 3 balls and at that time roll all to the same strip as the strips of dough. Put a marzipan “sausage” on top of all strip of dough, at that time pinch the sides of the dough in sync to coat the marzipan – so you engage in 3 long “sausages” of marzipan-filled dough. Flip the dough in excess of so the seams are underneath, at that time pinch the 3 trimmings in sync. Tightly plait the dough, pinching in sync to seal after you wrap up. Place the plait on a baking tray lined with baking parchment, tucking the trimmings under in favor of a neat wrap up. Cover loosely with a sheet of oiled cling film, leave to verify in favor of 30 mins-1 hr or until doubled in size.

Preheat oven to 190C (170C in favor of fan)/gas mark 5. Take the cover rotten the plait, brush with beaten egg and sprinkle on the flaked almonds. Bake on the central shelf of the oven in favor of 30 mins until golden brown and cooked through. Transfer to a wire rack (or similar) to cool and dust with icing darling ahead of serving. Yearn for keep in favor of up to 5 days in an solid container.

Spicy Christmas Cake

Your traditional Christmas Cake known a zesty twist (we can realize a theme appearing at this juncture… ).

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon orange blossom stream

1 teaspoon rosewater

3 tablespoons of fair honey

200g Glacé cherries

200g of miscellaneous covering

Zest of an orange plus 100ml of its juice

Zest of 2 lemons plus 100ml of their juice

200g dried apricots, sliced

175g golden sultanas

140g dried cranberries or ruin cherries, or a mixture of the two

100g dried mangoes, sliced

280g butter absent exposed of the fridge until span heat, plus a little further in favor of greasing

140g golden caster darling

140g light muscovado darling

4 outsized eggs, beaten

2 tsp ground cinnamon

250g plain flour

100g ground almonds

For feeding the cake:

1 teaspoon of orange blossom stream

50ml orange juice

Instructions:

Mix the orange and lemon (zests and juice), the orange blossom stream (not the part in favor of feeding of the cake), rosewater and honey in sync in a outsized bowl. Stir in all of the dried fruit and cover. Leave overnight to saturate in a cool span.

When you’re prime to proceed the time taking into account, preheat the oven to 160C, 140C in favor of fan or gab mark 3. Grease and double-line a 20cm on all sides of or pay tin (for a finicky deep cake – you can manipulation a to some extent better individual in favor of a shallower cake) with baking parchment. Trendy a separate high bowl, beat the butter and both sugars in sync with an emotional mixer until pale and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, individual on a era, fold in the flour, almonds and cinnamon. You’ll start to recognise the “classic” Christmas cake mixture.

Add the soaked fruits and at all juice absent in the bowl, stir in smoothly. Spoon the mix into the prepared tin and level the top.

TIP: For a puncture cake more accurately than to some extent rounded, produce a gradual dip in the centre of the mix with the back of a wooden (and to some extent floured) spoon.

Bake in favor of 1 hr 30 mins on the preheated heat at that time good turn the oven down to 140C/120C in favor of fan/or gab mark 1. Bake in favor of a supplementary an extra 1 hr 50 mins in favor of 22cm cakes, everything bigger will probably solitary take 1 hr 30 mins. To test, a knife poked into the centre ought to befall exposed clean.

Cool in the tin, sitting on a wire rack or heatproof external.

The feeding ingredients at that time need to be miscellaneous whilst the cake is still a crumb temperate. Using a light spit or knife, perforate the cake around 10 period and spoon in excess of the liquid (which can at that time seep in).

Inside an solid container, this cake can keep up to 1 month.

If you’re making the cake before of era, feed time was a week in favor of up to 4 weeks.

Ice and hoarfrost the cake as you please – try a cinnamon icing in favor of to further Christmassed kick.

Choc Cranberry Macadamia Brownies

Okay, so it’s not a traditional Christmas cake as such but it’ll help set to leftover Cranberry sauce to benefit manipulation! Have them sultry with nearly cinnamon ice cream in favor of a veritable discuss! It’s besides a percentage simpler than the earlier two, but completely as tasty!

Ingredients:

150g of dark chocolate, smashed into pieces

200g butter

40g cocoa powder, seived

3 outsized eggs, beaten

200g soft brown darling

150g self-raising flour

50g dried cranberries

100g macadamia nuts

60g deep red sauce (or a smaller amount, depending on what’s absent in excess of from Xmas day)

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 180C/160C in favor of fan/gas mark 4 and line a 20cm x 20cm baking tin with baking parchment/paper.

Melt the dark chocolate with the butter in the microwave or in a heatproof bowl in excess of completely simmering stream.

Mix the darling, flour and cocoa powder in sync and little by little add/stir in the melted chocolate and butter mixture until smooth. Stir in the eggs, besides until smooth and at that time stir in the dried cranberries and macadamia nuts and deep red sauce.

Pour the mixture into the tin (resisting the urge to swallow it all present and then) and smooth the external with a floured wooden spoon or plastic tool. Bake in favor of 25 – 30 mins (depending on whether you like them a crumb gooey or not). Slice the brownies after they’ve cooled and like!

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