Classic Christmas Cake

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  • 150g plain flour
  • 50g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ginger
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • ½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 100g ground almonds
  • 4 free-range eggs, lightly beaten
For the Nut and Dried Fruit Mixture
  • 100g mixed nuts, roughly chopped
  • 200g raisins
  • 200g Billington’s Natural Glacé Cherries, halved
  • 100g glacé ginger
  • 100g ready-to-eat stoned dates, roughly chopped
  • 100g cut mixed peel
  • 150ml apple juice
  • 175g unsalted butter
  • 200g Billington’s Unrefined Dark Muscovado Sugar
  • 2 tbsp black treacle
  • Billington’s Golden Icing Sugar, for decoration
  • 1

    Preheat the oven to 150C/ 300F/Gas 2.

  • 2

    For the nut and dried fruit mixture, put all the ingredients into a large pan and heat gently, stirring until the sugar dissolves and the butter has melted. Bring the heat and set aside.

  • 3

    Grease and double-line a 20cm spring form cake tin with baking parchment.

  • 4

    Into a large bowl, add the flours, spices and ground almonds, then stir in the eggs, followed by the nut and fruit mixture. Then pour into the prepared tin and level out.

  • 5

    Bake in the oven for two hours, or until the top is both golden and a skewer comes out clean when inserted through the centre. Transfer on to a wire rack and allow to cool completely in the tin.

  • 6

    Once cool, remove the cake from the tin and place on to a large plate or stand.

  • 7

    To decorate, use a star-shaped stencil or similar placed in the centre of the top of the cake, and dust with icing sugar. Finish with a festive ribbon tied around the middle.

Classic Christmas Cake was taken from 72 of COOK VEGETARIAN

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