House of Labhran Getting Ready for Christmas – Scottish Boiled Fruit Cake
Getting Ready for Christmas - Scottish Boiled Fruit Cake - Every year in October we start the process of creating our Christmas cakes for the coming festive season. The recipe is one that has been handed down through the family from circa 1880. So this year we thought we would share the recipe as we love it, our friends love it and our local shoot crowd that have tucked into it on a snowy shoot day in the glen just after Christmas, love it.
Before we get started you will need a cup of whisky and of course the choice is yours. We live on Speyside and have a passion for Speyside Single Malts. Yes, even in our fruit cake. After all it is Christmas! Having tried all sorts of whisky in the recipe we personally think a sherry cask whisky adds a perfect balance to the recipe.
House of Labhran Scottish Boiled Christmas Cake
Ingredients - Part 1.
1 cup of raisins
1 cup of currents
1/2 cup of sultanas
1/2 cup of mixed peel
1 cup of soft brown sugar
1 cup of cold water
1/2 lb of butter - 225gms
Step one. Approx 1 week before cooking
Wash your dried fruit and drain. Then put all the washed dried fruit into a airtight container and pour 2 tablespoons of whisky over the fruit. Leave to infuse and the fruit to plump for at least 1 week prior to baking.
Put all the ingredients listed above into a large saucepan and bring the boil. Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly.
1 tablespoon of coffee essence ( we use Scottish Camp Coffee )
1 tablespoon of whisky
Beat well two eggs stir into slightly cooled fruit mixture.
Ingredients - Part 2.
Sift into a bowl.
2 cups of self raising flour
1 cup of plain flour
1 level teaspoon of bi carb of soda
1 level teaspoon of mixed spice
1/2 of a teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 of a teaspoon of nutmeg
2 level teaspoon of cocoa
Add the flour and spice mix to the fruit mixture and mix well together.
Pour the complete mixture into a greased and lined cake tin. Decorate the top with glace cherries or almonds
Cook in a moderate oven ( 180 °C = 350-375° F ) for approx 1 - 1/2 hour(s) until cooked - test with skewer - until it comes out clean.
Enjoy in good company and a dram - Merry Christmas