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Gran's Traditonal Christmas Cake Recipe

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1 lb. butter
2 cups brown sugar
10 eggs
1 cup glace cherries, chopped
3 cups golden raisins
3 cups currants
1 cups raisins, chopped
2 tsps. ground allspice
cup rum
1 tsp. vanilla
cup milk
5 cups all purpose flour
2 tsps. baking powder

Almond Paste:
1 cup ground almonds
⅓ cup icing sugar
cup fine sugar
1 egg white

2 egg whites
5 cups icing sugar
1 tsp. glycerine
2 tsps. lemon juice
food coloring (optional)

Preheat oven to 325F. Cream butter and sugar until smooth. Add eggs one at a time and beat for 5 minutes. Add fruits, allspice, rum, vanilla and milk. Add flour sifted together with baking powder and blend. Spoon into a 9" pan double lined with buttered brown paper. Carefully bang tin twice on the counter to release air pockets. Bake for 5-5 hours. Insert wooden skewer to test if cake is cooked. Stand on cake rack and cool cake in tin hour - 1 hour before inverting onto cake rack to cool. Leave lining paper on cake. When cold, wrap in wax paper and aluminum foil to store.

Almond paste: Blend together ground almonds and both sugars in a bowl. Stir in egg white and knead mixture to a smooth, thick paste. Dust a board with a little icing sugar and roll paste out to form a circle to fit top of cake.

Icing: Beat egg whites until frothy. Add sugar gradually, beating after each addition. Add glycerin and lemon juice and beat for several minutes.




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