Cakes

Christmas Fruit Cake

christmas fruit cake

Ingredients

  1. 2 cups festive cake mix
  2. Chopped glacé cherries
  3. ½ cup crushed pineapple
  4. ¾ cup butter
  5. ¾ cup dark brown sugar
  6. 2 eggs
  7. 1/3 cup festive cake mix soaking water
  8. ¼ pineapple syrup
  9. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  10. 2 ⅓ cup self-raising flour
  11. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  12. ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  13. ½ teaspoon clove
  14. ½ teaspoon ginger
  15. ½ teaspoon baking soda

christmas fruit cake ingredients

Syrup

  1. 1 cup brown sugar
  2. ½ cup butter
  3. ½ teaspoon vanilla

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 175°C.
  2. Soak the festive cake mix for about an hour.
  3. Mix all the dry ingredients (flour, spices and baking soda) and set aside.
  4. In a mixing bowl, add butter, sugar, eggs vanilla and mix.
  5. Add in the flour mixture alternating with soaking water and pineapple syrup and mix well.
  6. Add in the festive cake mix, glacé cherries and pineapple and mix well but do not over mix.
  7. Pour into greased or parchment paper lined pans and bake for 40-45 minutes for medium pans and 35-40 minutes for small pans. Makes 2 medium or 4 small cakes.
  8. In the meantime, prepare the syrup, recipe here and you may add liqueur.
  9. Remove from the oven and cool slightly.
  10. Poke the cake and pour the syrup over the top while the cake is still in the pan.
  11. Cool completely before remove from the pan.
  12. Enjoy.

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Cookies, Quick and Easy Eats

Christmas Cookies

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Ingredients

  1. Ready-made cookie dough
  2. Cookie cutters
  3. Rolling pin
  4. Flour

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Frosting/decorating

  1. Icing sugar
  2. Red and green food coloring
  3. 3 teaspoon of milk

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Directions

  1. Take the dough out of the freezer and let it defrost for between 1-2 hours.
  2. Slightly spread the dough with your hands on a flat surface dusted with some flour.
  3. Dust the rolling pin with flour and roll the dough out. Do not roll too thinly.
  4. Cut out shapes with cookie cutters, place on a baking tray and bake for about 10 minutes.
  5. Remove for the tray and let cool completely.
  6. Mix the icing sugar with milk and divide into three parts. Leave one part white and add red food coloring to one part and green to the other.
  7. Decorate as you wish.
  8. Enjoy.

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Christmas Cake

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Ingredients

  1. 2 cups of flour
  2. 1 cup butter at room temperature
  3. 2 eggs
  4. ½ cup of milk
  5. ½ teaspoon vanilla
  6. ½ cup Glace cherries(red and green), chopped
  7. 3 tablespoons of liqueur

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Directions

  1. Preheat the oven at 180° Celsius.
  2. In a mixing bowl, add butter and sugar and mix.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla and whisk/or use an electric mixer.
  4. Add flour and milk in two increments and mix.
  5. Add in the liqueur and cherries and mix with a spatula.
  6. Pour the batter into a greased and dusted pan and bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  7.  Cool on the wire rack for about 10 minutes, then remove from the pan and let it cool completely.
  8. Enjoy.
  9. Inspiration for this recipe came from myfavouritepastime.com.

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