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 Christmas Cake Recipe Comments Page 1

We've received too many comments to include all of them on the main Christmas cake recipe page. So, the older ones are included on this page below.
 
From: Rachael
27 November 2009
Found this recipe really helpful.

From: Diane Anderson
29 November 2009
Really easy to do. I soaked my fruit in brandy, the cake smells lovely when its cooking. Very pleased with the result.

From: Tony
6 December 2009
So easy to do. I soaked the fruit cake overnight in Guinness. Shame I have to wait 3 weeks to try it. Can't wait.

From: Ciji
10 December 2009
Thanks, you saved the day.

From: Nosiku
12 December 2009
Very straight forward Christmas cake recipe, especially that it has the step by step pictures that one can easy follow.  Thanks a lot.

From: Petra Dittmann
13 December 2009
Great! Instead of brandy you can take Sherry medium sweet. But can you tell my which spices are in the "mixed spices"? Many years ago I had a Christmas cake recipe where all spices had been named. That is the recipe I am looking for. Have a nice time.
ANSWER: "Mixed spice" is a generic name given to a mix of sweet spices. It is very typically a British blend of spices. Normally it will contain Allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg. You can buy "mixed spice" from most supermarkets.

From: Anna
12 December 2009
Can I use oil instead of butter? I am planning to make smaller Christmas cakes, 12cm. Can some one let me know temperature and also cooking time?

From: Saji
15 December 2009
Thanks for the lovely recipe.

From: Elizabeth
15 December 2009
Do you have to put alcohol in the Christmas cake as have young children?
ANSWER: No you don't, add water instead. But remember there will be no alcohol left in the cake after you bake it. It will all have evaporated with the heat.

From: Heavensangel
20 December 2009
I'm baking this Christmas cake at moment but I left out the almonds. Kitchen smells gorgeous + it is snowing outside so it gives off a lovely christmassy feel. Recipe was easy to follow too, looking forward to
trying a slice.

From: Lee Rider
24 December 2009
Nice simple recipe. As a chef I added three desert spoons of black treacle to the recipe but that's purely optional. Great Christmas cake recipe.

From: David Lloyd
22 January 2010
I put the cake into the small oven at gas mark 3 at 2pm. When I came back at 3.30pm the cake had burnt to a cinder on the top? It was on the right heat and it had not been in long enough. I put foil on the top and turned the gas down to mark 1. What have I done wrong??
ANSWER: Hmm! For the cake to burn after only one and a half hours indicates things have gone wrong with the oven (did you have the oven grill on by mistake). This Christmas cake, at gas mark 3 for 90 minutes, is only half done.

From: Kenneth Eggett
13 February 2010
Had a go, disaster, all the fruit sank to the bottom, why?
ANSWER: Somewhere along the line you have added too much liquid.

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