Recipe

Three-in-one Christmas cake mix

Love to make that traditional Christmas cake but find yourself without the time as the 25th draws nearer? This mix can be made up to one month in advance and tastes even better without the stress of hurried baking.

  • Makes 1 Item
  • 15 mins cooking

Ingredients

Three-in-one Christmas cake mix
  • 6 1/4 cup (1kg) sultanas
  • 2 1/2 cup (375g) currants
  • 2 1/4 cup (375g) raisins, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup (250g) chopped dates
  • 1 1/2 cup (250g) chopped prunes
  • 1 1/2 cup (300g) glace cherries, quartered
  • 1/2 cup (125g) chopped glace apricots
  • 1/2 cup (125g) chopped glace ginger
  • 1/2 cup (125g) mixed peel
  • 3 medium (450g) apples, peeled, grated
  • 2/3 cup (220g) fig jam
  • 2 tablespoon grated orange rind
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon rind
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) lemon juice
  • 2 1/2 cup (500g) firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon mixed spice
  • 1 1/3 cup (330ml) grand marnier (see notes)

Method

Three-in-one Christmas cake mix
  • 1
    Combine all ingredients in large bowl, mix well; cover tightly.
  • 2
    Store mixture in a cool dark place at least overnight or for up to a month, stirring occasionally.

Notes

This basic fruit mixture recipe makes one deep 22cm round cake, one boiled pudding and about 48 fruit mince tarts. The mixture can be prepared at least a month before you are ready to use it. Simply stir the ingredients occasionally. Store in a cool dark place or refrigerate. We used Grand Marnier in this recipe to tie in with the citrus flavour, but sherry, rum, brandy or whisky can be used instead.

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