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Divine Christmas Cake
Erik Houlihan-Jong
Ingredients 
Ingredients
  • 175 g salted butter
  • 175 g light brown sugar
  • 150 ml honey
  • 100g ground almonds
  • 150g self-raising flour
  • 3 tbsp Divine cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp mixed spice
  • 800g mixed fruit soaked with brandy
  • 3 tbsp mixed peel
  • 50g crystallised ginger
  • Zest of 1 orange, finely chopped
  • 90g Divine smooth hazelnut chocolate, chopped
  • 3 eggs, beaten
Method
  • 1. Preheat oven to 150°C. Prepare a 24” springform pan with greaseproof paper on the bottom and sides. To help protect the outside from too much heat, it is good to wrap a layer of brown paper around the pan, securing it with string.
  • 2. Using a stand mixer, mix the butter and sugar together for 5-7 minutes until it becomes light and fluffy. Add the honey and run for another minute to combine
  • 3. In a separate large bowl, mix the ground almonds, flour, cocoa powder, mixed spice, mixed fruits, mixed peel, crystallised ginger, orange zest and dark chocolate. Ensure everything is evenly coated.
  • 4. Alternate between adding the egg and the flour/fruit mixture to the butter and sugar. This should be done fairly slowly
  • 5. Pour the batter into the pan and smooth out the top so it is flat.
  • 6. Back in this slow oven for for two hours or until a fork comes out clean and the cake comes away from the sides.

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