Delia Smith Christmas Cake

Delia Smith Christmas Cake

Delia Smith Christmas Cake

Among the many famous recipes Delia Smith has given us, her traditional Christmas cake recipe is by far the most loved and acknowledged. This recipe was published in her first even cookbook. According to her, she created this recipe as a combination of her mothers’ and grandmother’s recipe. Although the recipe is hard work and required a lengthy preparation, once you try this recipe, it is undoubtedly among the best recipes you have ever tried.

The main secret behind making the perfect Delia Smith Christmas Cake lies in the ideal measurement of every ingredient. If you mess up even a single ingredient, you might not get the perfect result. Apart from this, the reason this cake recipe produces soft and moist cake is the feeding process. This process is very crucial and is the heart of the cake. For the feeding process, you have to stick in either cocktail or bamboo sticks in the cake. As you pour the brandy over the cake, it gets into the cake through the wholes. The cake absorbs the brandy, and as a result, you get a super moist and tasteful cake. However, note that after the feeding process, you must keep the cake at rest for at least 12 hours so that all the flavours get enriched and entirely absorbed by the cake.

Now that you have gotten a clear idea of this recipe lets head to it and find out all the ingredients necessary for making Delia Smith Christmas Cake.

Delia Smith Christmas Cake

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Dessert
By Easilycook Serves: 10
Prep Time: 12 hours Cooking Time: 4 hours Total Time: 16 hours

Ingredients

  • 3 ½ cups currants
  • 1 ¼ cup sultanas
  • 1 ¼ cup raisins
  • ½ cup glacé cherries, chopped
  • ½ cup candied peel, chopped
  • ½ cup brandy
  • 1 ½ plain flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg, freshly grated
  • ½ tsp allspice
  • 1 ½ cup brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp black treacle
  • 1 ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup almonds, chopped
  • zest of lemon and orange
  • 1 cup blanched almonds, whole

Instructions

1

In a bowl, add currants, sultanas, raisins, glacé cherries, candied peel and soak them in brandy. Cover the bowl and place it in a dry place for at least 12 hours.

2

In a mixing bowl, add flour, allspice and salt.

3

Add the eggs, sugar, treacle and beat it with an electric beater.

4

Add butter and mix until everything combines well.

5

Add soaked fruits, lemon and orange zest and mix using a spatula.

6

Pour the mixture in a greased cake mould.

7

Place the tray in a preheated oven at 140 degrees C for 4 hours.

8

Once the cake is done, take it out of the oven.

9

Once the cake is cool, dip cocktail sticks in the cake and feed it with brandy. Cover it with parchment paper and leave it overnight.

10

Garnish the cake with blanched almonds.

Nutrition

  • 626 Calories
  • 67.4g Carbohydrates
  • 139mg Cholesterol
  • 37g Fat
  • 8.8g Protein

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