Christmas Fruit Cake

Christmas Cake (Fruit Cake)

Ingredients:
*1 cup currants
*1 cup mixed candied peel
*3/4 cup candied pineapple (chopped)
*3/4 cup red candied cherries (halved)
*3/4 cup raisins
*1/2 cup brandy
*1 cup all-purpose flour
*1 teaspoon baking powder
*1/4 teaspoon baking soda
*1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
*1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
*1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
*1 pinch of salt
*6 tablespoons butter (softened)
*1/2 cup packed brown sugar
*2 tablespoons strawberry jam
*1 tablespoon molasses
*3 eggs
*3/4 cups walnuts (chopped)

Methods:
01. Mix the currants, mixed peel, pineapple, cherries, raisins and the brandy in a bowl, cover and let sit for 24 hours, stirring occasionally.
02. Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a bowl.
03. Mix 1/4 cup of the dry mixture into the wet mixture.
04. Mix the butter, sugar, jam and molasses in a bowl.
05. Mix the eggs into the butter mixture one at a time.
06. Mix the remaining flour mixture into the butter and egg mixture.
07. Mix in the fruit mixture along with the nuts.
08. Pour the mixture into baking pans lined with double parchment paper.
09. Place a baking pan with water on the lower rack of the oven.
10. Cover the cake pans with foil and bake on the middle racks of a preheated 300F oven until a toothpick pushed into the center comes out clean, about 45-60 minutes.
11. Let cool.
12. Soak some cheese cloth in some brandy and wrap it around the cake.
13. Wrap the cake in foil and refrigerate for 30 days.

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