There's nothing quite like the smell of a freshly baked Christmas cake filling the kitchen...
This timeless tradition is a labour of love, and the result is a rich, moist and beautifully spiced cake that is perfect for the festive season!
Whether you're a seasoned baker or a newbie in the kitchen, this homemade Christmas cake recipe is sure to bring joy to your family and friends! We love this recipie from the baking legend, Mary Berry.
For the Cake...
350g/12oz natural glacé cherries, halved, rinsed, and thoroughly dried
500g/1lb 2oz currants
150ml/¼pt brandy or sherry, plus extra for feeding
2 oranges, zest only
250g/9oz butter, softened
250g/9oz light or dark muscovado sugar
4 large free-range eggs
1 tbsp black treacle
75g/3oz blanched almonds, chopped
275g/10oz plain flour
1½ tsp mixed spice
For the covering...
3 tbsp apricot jam, warmed and sieved
675g/1lb 8oz marzipan
For the royal icing...
3 free-range eggs, whites only
675g/1½lb icing sugar, sifted
3 tsp lemon juice
1½ tsp glycerine
For us, nothing says Spring like a delicious lamb roast accompanied by minted, seasonal veg and garlic butter new potatoes!
Paul is making the most of Charlton Orchard's wonderful, local apples.