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English Christmas Cake

Cuisine: English
Courses: Dessert
Serves: 12 people

Recipe Ingredients

1   Yeast - dry
1 1/2 cups 355mlWater - warm
2 cups 125g / 4.4ozFlour
1 lb 454g / 16ozButter - room temperature
1 lb 454g / 16ozSugar - powdered
1 tablespoon 15mlCinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons 7.5mlCoriander - ground
1 teaspoon 5mlNutmeg
2 tablespoons 30mlCaraway seed
1/2 cup 118mlMilk - or sweet red wine
7   Egg
6 cups 375g / 13ozFlour

Recipe Instructions

Dissolve yeast in warm water. Stir in two cups flour and set aside to proof.

Meanwhile, cream butter with sugar. Add cinnamon, coriander, nutmeg, and caraway seed.

Stir in milk or wine.

In a separate bowl, beat eggs until smooth and thick and stir them into the butter mixture alternately with the proofed yeast mixture.

Add remaining flour. Divide the batter between two 10" buttered and floured 10" Springform pans.

Set in a warm place and allow to rise until double.

Bake in a preheated 350F oven for about 1 1/2 hours, or until the cake is golden brown and tests done in the middle.

Cool slightly in pans before removing to a wire rack.

Makes two cakes.

Early American Life magazine December 1991


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