Vegan Christmas Cake Cook Along! Stage 1

1 Oct

Inspiration: I love Christmas and I love making Christmas cake it reminds me of my Mum and Granny. The smell and flavours evoke so many memories. I know it’s only October but now is the time to start preparing your Christmas cake! This recipe will be shared in stages and if you wish to follow the cooking stages here is stage 1!  This recipe is vegan friendly : )

Stage 1

Soaking the fruit

12oz of sultanas
12oz of raisins
12oz of currants
100g mixed peel
100g flaked almonds
100g glazed cherries
2 large cooking apples
1 lemon
1 orange
2 tablespoon of cinnamon
2 teaspoon of ground ginger
2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon of allspice
1 teaspoon of cloves
150ml brandy/whiskey

Method
In a large bowl. Place all your dried fruit, nuts, mixed peel and cherries (cut in half)
Add the brandy
Peel and grate the apples and place in with the dried fruit
Zest and juice the lemon and add orange to the bowl.
Add spices
Mix well until all incorporated. If it looks a little dry you can add more brandy or lemon/orange juice or another apple grated.
Let it soak for a least 24 hours mixing every now and then. I leave mine soak for 3 days.

Tips
If you don’t have oranges or lemons or a zester you can use marmalade as a substitute 2-3 tablespoons should be enough.

And you also uses pecans instead of almonds. I personally love pecans but I didn’t have them at home at the time.

I normally add more of each spice than listed above but it total up to you . If you want to or take away or leave out the ones you don’t like.

I let mine soak so longer because the brandy/whiskey and liquids get infused into the fruit. Then some of it leaks out and make this sweet spicy syrup.. I feel it makes my cakes better. Eoin

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2 Responses to “Vegan Christmas Cake Cook Along! Stage 1”

  1. joanfrankham October 1, 2013 at 9:39 pm #

    is it that time already???

    • Dee October 7, 2013 at 7:43 am #

      Yes it is that time if year ! 🙂 will be posting the cake recipe soon. – Eoin

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