Dark Christmas Cake Recipe
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Dark Christmas Cake
1 lb blanched almonds
3 lb seedless raisins
2 lb currants
1 lb candied cherries,
1 cut in half
1 lb dried figs, chopped
1 lb dates, cut up
1 1/2 lb chopped mixed candied peels
1 lb candied pineapple, cut up
1 cup all-purpose flour
3 cup soft butter
3 cup brown sugar, packed
12 large egg yolks
5 1/2 cup sifted all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp mace
2 tsp allspice
2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cloves
3 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup prune juice
1/4 cup brandy
12 large egg whites
This recipe makes a very large amount (about 28 cups) of fruit cake
batter and can be baked in a number of different sizes of pan. If you
want to make several small cakes for gifts you can divide the batter
among 9 8x4x3 inch loaf pans using a generous 3 cups of batter for
each. Or if you wish to use larger loaf pans you can put the batter
in 6 9x5x3 inch pans using a generous 4 1/2 cups batter in each.
Bundt pans make attractive cakes and this amount of batter is enough
for 3 12 cup Bundt pans using a generous 9 cups of batter in each. If
you use 10-inch tube pans you can make 2 cakes using 12 cups of
batter for each and an 8x4x2 1/2 inch loaf pan with the remaining
batter. Of course you can also use any combination of these sizes.
For example, you can make a large cake in a Bundt pan, two 9x5x3-in
loaves and three 8x4x3-inch loaves. If you wish you can prepare half
the batter and bake it in three 9x5x3-inch loaf pans or in one 12-cup
Bundt pan and one 9x5x3-inch loaf pan. Line greased pans with greased
heavy brown paper, except for the Bundt pan which should be greased
and floured. COMBINE nuts and fruit in a very large bowl or roasting
pan. Add 1 cup of flour and toss by hand to coat fruit with flour.
CREAM butter well ( you can use your electric mixer for this part of
the recipe). Add sugar and beat until fluffy. Beat in egg yolks.
Transfer mixture to a large bowl. Sift 5 1/2 cups flour with salt,
spices and soda and add to creamed mixture alternately with prune
juice and brandy. Mix with a wooden spoon. Add this mixture to the
fruit and nuts and blend well.The easiest way to blend this large
amount of mixture is with your hands. Beat egg whites until stiff and
fold into mixture. MEASURE into prapared pans and press well into the
corners. Heat oven to 275'F. Bake cakes in 8x4x3-inch pans for about
3 hours, in 9x5x3-inch pans or Bundt pans for about 3 hours and 15
minutes and in 10-inch tube pans about 3 1/2 hours or until a
toothpick stuck in the center comes out clean. Let stand in pans a
few minutes, then turn out on racks and cool. Strip off paper and
wrap cakes in cheesecloth dampened with brandy and then in foil and
store in a cool place. MAKES 15 LBS OF FRUIT CAKE.
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Diet hints and tips
If you enjoy your food, but need to become slim and boost your general vitality, then, without doubt, you need to decide on a meticulously calculated sensible weight loss program. Ideally, this ought to contain 5 standard portions of fruit/vegetables each day and also contain a sensible proportion of fats, carbohydrates and proteins.
When planning a meal plan, you have to also make efforts to lower your intake of refined carbohydrate, salt and fats.
When chosing foods for dieting, people frequently focus on supermarket and big brand food products referred to as 'low-fat'. This is usually incorrect, since an item might be lowered in fat content, but still far too high in carbohydrates and calories.
Recognise the difference between hunger and thirst. Every now and then at some stage in a busy afternoon, you presume that you are hungry but in truth you may simply want a restorative tumbler of water or fruit juice. The feelings of being thirsty and being hungry are quite alike, but one ends in bad health and one does not.
As an alternative to paying too much attention to the many types of food you really should leave out of your dietary regime, direct your attention to the sensible foods that you might want to bring into your meal plan. If you manage to insert some wholesome grains and vegetables into your dietary regime, you'll soon see that you feel more satisfied and have a much decreased chance of falling prey to those damaging mid-morning sweets and chocolate bars.
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