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Easy Christmas Cake

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Easy Christmas Cake
Old-fashioned Christmas cakes are such a lovely tradition, whether given as a gift or served as part of your festive feast. This fruity cake does have a reputation for being difficult to bake but our recipe lets you cheat your way to perfection using just your microwave and bread maker.
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Ingredients
  1. 125g butter
  2. 200g mixed dried fruit
  3. 50g glace cherries
  4. 50g almonds
  5. 50g light brown soft sugar
  6. 1tbsp of treacle
  7. 1 orange, zest and 3tbsps of juice
  8. 120ml sherry or brandy
  9. 2 medium sized eggs, beaten
  10. 200g plain flour
  11. 2 tsp mixed spice
Instructions
  1. Place butter, dried fruit, cherries, almonds, sugar, treacle, zest and juice of an orange and sherry/brandy in a bowl, heat in microwave oven on HIGH for 8 minutes, stirring twice.
  2. Leave fruit mixture to cool for 10 minutes.
  3. Stir in eggs, flour and mixed spice, mix well.
  4. Remove the kneading blade from the bread pan and double line the bottom and sides with baking paper.
  5. Place the mixture into the bread pan, being careful to ensure that the mixture is inside the baking paper.
  6. Select BAKE ONLY mode and enter 55 minutes on the timer.
  7. After baking, test with a skewer to check the cake is cooked*.
  8. Take the bread pan out of the bread maker using oven gloves.
  9. Leave to stand for 5 - 10 minutes before removing from the bread pan and allowing the cake to cool.
  10. To store, peel off the baking parchment then wrap well in cling film.
Notes
  1. *Note: If the cake is just slightly sticky, it will cook through during the stand period. Should the cake require extra time, simply select the bake mode again and enter a further 3 - 5 minutes on the timer.
  2. Made using a Panasonic NN-ST655W inverter microwave oven and a Panasonic SD-2501 bread maker.
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