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Nan Brennan's Christmas Cake Recipe

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Nan Brennan


lb Sultanas
lb Raisins
2 oz currents
2 oz glazed cherries
2 oz mixed peel
cup Rum/Brandy/Sherry
4 oz butter
cup brown sugar firmly packed
teaspoon graded orange peel
teaspoon graded lemon peel
Few drops of Almond essence
teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon marmalade
teaspoon Parisian essence
2 eggs
1 cups plain flour
Pinch of salt
teaspoon mixed spice
teaspoon cinnamon
teaspoon nutmeg

1lb 6 oz mixed fruit can be substituted instead of sultanas, raisins, cherries and peel.
Prepare fruits by washing, drying and removing stems.
Chop and place in a basin, pour over spirits and mix well, cover and let stand over night.
Cream butter and brown sugar, grated fruit rinds and essences.
Add marmalade and Parisian essence.
Drop eggs one at a time beating well after each egg.
Fold in prepared fruit alternating with sifted dry ingredients and mix well
Fill into a lined tin.
Settle the mixture into the tin by lifting the filled tin and letting it drop from about 12 onto a hard surface.
This will ensure the mixture settles into the tin and will remove air bubbles.
Smooth the top of the cake with a wet hand before placing it into the oven.
When cooked the cake should feel firm and when a thin bladed knife is inserted into and removed from the cake it should come out clean.
To ensure a soft surface on top of the cake. Immediately after the cake is removed from the oven, wrap it in either a clean towel or aluminum foil.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
I have never made this one, but I have eaten it, and it is by far the nicest Christmas Cake I have ever had the pleasure of consuming. Nan Brennan is Andrew McDonald's Great Grandmother.

Quarter pounder (This recipe) cook in a slow oven for 2 hours (6 inch tin)
Half pounder cook in a slow oven for 4 hours (8 inch tin)
One pounder cook in a slow oven for 6 hours (10 inch tin)
One and half pounder cook in a slow oven for approximate. 7-8 hours (12 inch tin)




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