Time to Make Christmas Cake!

An exciting day! My spiced brandy and port sozzled figs and prunes are ready to transform this years Christmas cake into something deliciously sublime.

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The spiced brandy tastes just like Grand Marnier, without the sugar. I will be adding the flesh from the soaked oranges to my mix. I just used the scissors and snipped out the orange flesh.

You could also add the rind, but you would need to slice it very, very finely.

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With the 1kg of dried, mixed fruit, the 1kg of raisins, the 250g of dried apricot and the soaked figs and prunes, I’d say I had around 3kg of fruits for this years cakes and puddings.

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I used 1.5litres of alcohol, total, for the jars of spiced brandy and the port soaked figs and prunes.
I estimate that I added about 600ml, or 1 pint, or 3 cups of this alcohol to my soaking fruit bowl.
I have plenty of alcohol left and could use this to start another batch of spice and/or fruit infusion.

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The amount of alcohol I added to my bowl of fruits works out to approximately 1 cup of alcohol per kg of fruit. When the cake/ pudding is cooked, this alcohol will evaporate, leaving behind rich, complex flavours soaked right into the fruit. It will be moist too, supremely moist, with excellent keeping qualities.

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I used plastic wrap to tightly cover the bowl.
I’ll stir it once a day, and next weekend it will transformed into My Perfect Christmas Cake and delicious Christmas puddings to share and enjoy with loved ones.

Till next time
sweetrosie x

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