About the Recipe
A lighter take on traditional Christmas Cake, this is an English cake version of panettone and so easy, it is a must have for any Christmas kitchen to whip out for friends and family in the run up to Christmas.
225g self-raising flour
100g caster sugar
2 tbsps. Caster sugar, for sprinkling
A pinch of salt
150g dried fruit (50g each of raisins, sultanas and glace cherries)
6 tbsps. milk
100g butter, softened
A big mixing bowl
A wooden spoon
A 20 x 20cm square cake tin
A wire rack
A butter wrapper and flour to grease the tin
A sharp knife
How to make the bake
Sift the flour and salt into the big mixing bowl, making sure you get as much air in as possible. Then add in the sugar to the mix.
To make sure the fruit is evenly distributed, next put the sultanas, raisins and glace cherries into the sieve and cover with a tablespoon of flour. Shake the fruit in the flour to coat it over the sink, letting the excess fall through the sieve, and then add it to the bowl with the other dry ingredients.
Next add the softened butter to the mix and break in the two eggs. Finally add the milk before mixing all the ingredients together into a smooth mixture with a wooden spoon. This is really as hard as it gets in this recipe so it's important to mix it together well.
When the mixture is well combined, preheat the oven to 180'C or equivalent temperatures and instead of greasing and lining the tin with greaseproof paper, grease the tin with butter and then coat with flour to cover the entire surface to stop the cake sticking.
Put the mixture into the cake tin and even out with the back of a spoon. When you have smooth surface, sprinkle over the extra sugar before baking in the centre of the preheated oven for 35 - 40 minutes till a sharp knife or skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean and the top is a beautiful golden brown.
Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before taking the cake out of the tin and leaving to cool on a wire rack. Cut into generous slices to serve to your friends and family with a hot drink in the run up to Christmas!