Chocolate Christmas Cake

(Inspired by Nigella Lawson’s Chocolate Christmas Cake)

Need a fruit cake for Christmas but forgot to soak your fruits, then this the perfect cake recipe for you. It lasts for weeks, it dense, fruity, luscious, damp, it has everything you would hope for in a good Christmas cake. I have made this cake every Christmas.  However, I have sometimes replaced the currants with dried soft deseeded dates and the texture is absolutely amazing.  

Ingredients:

350g dried deseeded soft prunes, chopped

250g raisins

125g currants / deseeded dried soft dates

175g unsalted butter, softened

175g dark brown sugar

175ml honey

125ml coffee liquor or strong coffee

2 oranges, juice and zest only

1 tsp mixed spice

2 tbsp good quality cocoa

3 beaten eggs

150g plain flour

75g ground almonds

½ tsp baking powder

½ tsp baking soda

Method:

In a large saucepan, add the fruit, butter, sugar, honey, coffee liqueur, orange zest and juice, mixed spice and cocoa. On a medium heat bring the mixture to a gentle boil and stirring gently till the butter melts and it is homogenous. Let the mixture simmer for ten minutes. Then leave to stand for 30 minutes away from the heat.

Take a 20cm/8in, 9cm/3½in deep, round cake tin and line it with parchment/baking paper, make sure that the parchment paper at the sides of the cake tin is twice as high as it will protect the cake from burning.

Tip: You can also coat the tin with a butter and then add a thin layer flour if you are using a shaped cake tin.

Preheat the oven to 150C/130C Fan/Gas mark 2

After 30 minutes, the fruit mixture will have cooled a bit and slightly thickened. Now add beaten eggs, flour, ground almonds, baking powder and bicarbonate soda, and mix well with a spatula or wooden spoon until the ingredients are all well combined.

Carefully pour the fruit cake mixture into the prepared cake tins. Put it in the preheated oven and bake for 1¾-2 hours, it should look shiny and sticky. If you inset a cake tester it will be a little underdone in the middle.

Keep the cake on a cooling rack. The cake will take a while to cool, once it is cool remove it from the cake it and if not eating immediately then wrap in a baking paper and then a tin foil and store it in an airtight container in a cool place.

Tip: If you need a boozy cake then you can also feed the cake with spiced Rum/Brandy. Just carefully unwrap the tin foil and parchment paper, poke small holes into the cake using a toothpick and with a help of a spoon pour your alcohol of choice gently into the holes, wait till the cake has absorbed the alcohol and then wrap it again with baking paper and tin foil and place it in an airtight container in a cool place. Repeat it once a week.   

Merry Christmas to all!!!!

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Hi, I'm Doreen Ivy Fernandes, I love cooking and trying techniques to make cooking very easy, tasty and interesting. I would like my readers to use some of my easy ingredients and techniques to get inspired to cooking new and different cuisines which they normally would not try to cook. If you have any questions or comments and would like to contact me, you are always welcome to email me at doreenivy25@gmail.com

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