Christmas Cake

Makes: 17cm (6 1/2 inch) round cake
Oven Temperature 150ºC/300ºF/Gas 3
Cooking Time 3 – 3 1/2 hours

This makes a small cake. You can double the recipe for a 21cm (8 1/2 inch) cake and cook it a little longer.

50g (2 oz) Raisins
175g (7 oz) Currants
100g (4 oz) Sultanas
50g (2 oz) Candied Peel
Juice and rind of 1 orange
65 ml Sherry (2.5 floz) (You could add a splash of brandy too)
100g (4 oz) Margarine
100g (4 oz) dark brown sugar
1/2 tablespoon Treacle
25g (1 oz) Soya flour (or use plain flour)
50g (2 oz) Self raising flour
50g (2 oz) Plain flour
1/2 teaspoon Ground Mixed Spice
25g (1 oz) Blanched almonds, chopped

1)Soak the fruit and rind in the sherry. Soak for at least a few hours (preferably a day or two), stirring once or twice.
2) Put margarine, sugar, and treacle in a bowl and beat until fluffy.
3) Add flours and spice and mix until blended.
4)Stir in fruit and nuts.
5)Put into a tin lined with baking parchment.
6)Cook for 3 to 3 1/2 hours at 150ºC/325ºF until when you put a wooden cocktail stick in the centre, it comes out clean (with no sticky bits).

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