Recipe: Dan Lepard’s Caramel Christmas Cake


Ok you were a little tired on stir it Sunday and didn’t make a Christmas cake. No problem there is still plenty of time. This recipe by Dan Lepard creates a lovely Christmas cake with a rich caramel flavour and plenty of fruit. It’s easy to make and perfect for decorating for Christmas Day.

 

Finished – Dan Lepard’s Caramel Christmas Cake
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Ingredients

  • 200g caster sugar
  • 150ml double cream
  • 50g honey
  • 50g black treacle or molasses
  • Finely grated zest of 1 orange and 1 lemon
  • 4 tsp mixed spice
  • 100g unsalted butter
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 250g strong white flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 250g each currants, raisins and chopped prunes or figs. (this is a great time to use some boozy fruit)
  • 400g natural glacé cherries (if you don't like grace cherries, skip them or use 4oog of other dried fruit).
  • 200g shelled, halved walnuts

Instructions

  1. Line the base and sides of a round 18cm diameter cake tin with two or three layers of nonstick baking parchment.
  2. Start pre heating the oven to 170C (150C fan-assisted)/335F/gas mark 3.
  3. Measure out the ingredients and have them ready in bowls.
  4. Put the sugar and 50ml water in a saucepan and for five to six minutes until it turns a dark reddish colour.
  5. As soon as the colour changes, add the cream and stir – beware the mixture may splutter, so stand well back!
  6. Remove the caramel mixture from the heat.
  7. Add the honey, treacle, zest and mixed spice to the caramel mixture.
  8. Add the butter mixing it in as it melts.
  9. Pour the caramel mixture into a large mixing bowl and beat in the eggs one at a time.
  10. Beat in the flour and baking powder until smooth.
  11. Fold in the fruit and nuts.
  12. Spoon in the mixture into your prepared baking tin.
  13. Bake for two hours, or until a skewer comes out clean.
  14. Allow it to cool in the tin while you search for wee Santa's, reindeers and other silly but fun decorations.
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Ingredients

  • 200g caster sugar
  • 150ml double cream
  • 50g honey
  • 50g black treacle or molasses
  • Finely grated zest of 1 orange and 1 lemon
  • 4 tsp mixed spice
  • 100g unsalted butter
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 250g strong white flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 250g each currants, raisins and chopped prunes or figs. (this is a great time to use some boozy fruit)
  • 400g natural glacé cherries (if you don’t like grace cherries, skip them or use 4oog of other dried fruit).
  • 200g shelled, halved walnuts

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Method

Do some prep:

  1. Line the base and sides of a round 18cm diameter cake tin with two or three layers of nonstick baking parchment.
  2. Start pre-heating the oven to 170C (150C fan-assisted)/335F/gas mark 3.
  3. Measure out the ingredients and have them ready in bowls.

Make the cake

  1. Put the sugar and 50ml water in a saucepan and for five to six minutes until it turns a dark reddish colour.
  2. As soon as the colour changes, add the cream and stir – beware the mixture may splutter, so stand well back!
  3. Remove the caramel mixture from the heat.
  4. Add the honey, treacle, zest and mixed spice to the caramel mixture.
  5. Add the butter mixing it in as it melts.
  6. Pour the caramel mixture into a large mixing bowl and beat in the eggs one at a time.
  7. Beat in the flour and baking powder until smooth.
  8. Fold in the fruit and nuts.
  9. Spoon in the mixture into your prepared baking tin.
  10. Bake for two hours, or until a skewer comes out clean.
  11. Allow it to cool in the tin while you search for wee Santa’s, reindeers and other silly but fun decorations.

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    Old Father Foodie spent over 20 years working as a chef in and around the Glasgow area. He watched the rise of Lambrusco, the demise of the steak house and still remembers life before Mcdonalds. He then spent many years working on education projects in Europe. Still a keen cook, he has picked up the odd tip or two along the way and now enjoys sharing them on these pages.

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