Golden Christmas Cake is a simply made fruitcake, yet offers those who consume it such wonderful flavors. An outstanding Boxing Day treasure.

Golden Christmas Cake
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Recipe type: Baked Goods
Cuisine: British
Serves: 16
  • 3 1/2 ounces (100 ml) dry Sherry, dark rum or Brandy
  • 4 1/2 ounces (125 g) each dried papaya, pineapple, mango slices and apricots, chopped
  • 3/4 pound (350 g) sultanas or golden raisins
  • 1/4 pound (100 g) tub cut mixed candied citrus peel
  • 3/4 pound (350 g) glace cherries, halved
  • 2 1/2 sticks (9 ounces/250 g) butter, softened
  • 9 ounces (250 g) light soft brown sugar
  • 5 large eggs, beaten
  • 9 ounces (250 g) plain all-purpose flour
  1. Place the chosen alcohol and fruits in a large bowl, mix well, cover and leave to soak for at least 12 hours but up to 48 hours.
  2. Line a 9-inch (23cm) round cake pan with a double layer of greaseproof paper then tie a thick layer of newspaper or baking parchment around the outside of the pan.
  3. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F/150 degrees C/gas mark 2.
  4. Cream the butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in the egg a little at a time. Fold in the flour then stir in the fruit.
  5. Transfer the mixture to the prepared tin and level the surface.
  6. Cook in the center of the oven for 2 to 3 hours until risen and firm to the touch, and when a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean. Leave to go cold in the pan then turn out and wrap in greaseproof paper and then foil.
  7. Store in a cool dry place.
A British tradition for Boxing Day.

Serve with chunks of Cheddar or Wensleydale cheese.


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