Friday, December 21, 2012

12 Days of Christmas Special - Italian Christmas Cake

This little recipe was one handed down from my nona and is traditionally known as Italian Christmas Cake.  I love all the Christmas flavours in this cake, the cinnamon, anise, brandy, hazelnuts, chocolate - it's just delicious!

Italian Christmas Cake


  • 185g sultanas
  • 1/4 cup marsala or brandy
  • 250g almonds
  • 125g hazelnuts
  • 60g pine nuts
  • 250g candied peel
  • 125g bitter chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 125g sugar
  • 125g plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed anise seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 60g butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 250g mixed glace fruits

Soak sultanas un marsala or brandy overnight.

Place roughly chopped almonds and hazelnuts with pine nuts, candied peel, chocolate and soaked sultanas in a large bowl.   Add sugar and mix together.

Mix flour, spices and baking powder together and blend into fruit mixture.

Heat honey and butter together in a small saucepan until butter melts.  Remove from heat.

Whisk eggs together until light and fluffy then beat in honey and butter mixture.  Pour over fruit mixture and fold together until well amalgamated.

Transfer the mixture to a 25cm greased tin, pressing down well.  Slice glace fruit into smaller pieces and arrange in a pattern over surface.   Bake in oven preheated to 180 degrees celsius for 45 to 60 minutes.  Allow to cool on rack or in tin.

You can pur a little extra marsala or brandy over the top of the cake when still warm if you want a little extra punch!

Cocinar, comer y ser feliz!

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