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English Christmas Cake

Reviewed: Dec. 2, 2012
This was my first attempt ever at a fruitcake. I panicked after I got it in the pan and realized it had no leavening! However, none of the other "English" Christmas cakes have any leavening at all, but all the fruitcakes call for some. Anyway, it was fine. A nice dense texture. I'm not so crazy about raisins so I substituted chopped dried mango, craisins, and dates for about half the raisins, I sort of wish I'd soaked the fruit in a bit of brandy beforehand, but maybe not. Perhaps in jolly old England they have crazy big 8" square pans, but I had to put this guy in a 9"x13" pan. I baked for 3 hours and it was perhaps a little overdone, but a nice almost caramelized crust on top. The almonds are fabulous in this, I wish I'd added a few more; I used slivered almonds. The taste is very rich and buttery. The texture is a bit dry, but very good with coffee or tea.
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