Christmas cake nibbles

Recipe from: 12/6/2000 12:00:00 AM

Ingredients 20
Servings 30
Time

Ingredients

  • 600
    g
    mixed glacé fruit
  • 250
    ml
    water
  • 190
    ml
    sugar
  • 250
    g
    butter
  • 5
    ml
    ground nutmeg
  • 5
    ml
    ground cinnamon
  • 5
    ml
    bicarbonate of soda
  • 3
    eggs
  • 65
    ml
    brandy
  • 250
    ml
    self-raising flour
  • 250
    ml
    cake flour
  • gift box
  • tissue or wrapping paper
  • length of ribbon
  • ICING
  • 250
    ml
    icing sugar
  • 60
    ml
    lemon juice
  • 100
    g
    marzipan
  • green food colouring
  • red food colouring
 

Method

 
Bring glacé fruit, water, sugar, butter, nutmeg and cinnamon to boil in a large saucepan. Reduce heat and simmer for 2-5 minutes. Add bicarb and stir well, then set aside to cool. Preheat oven to 170 ºC. Butter a 25 cm ring pan. Beat eggs and add to cooled mixture with brandy. Add flours and mix well. Transfer mixture to baking pan. Bake in centre of oven for 30 minutes. Reduce temperature to 100 ºC, place cake on bottom shelf and bake for a further 55 minutes. Turn out on a wire rack to cool. Break cake up and roll into small balls, about 2 cm in diameter. ICING Combine icing sugar and lemon juice well. Divide marzipan into 3. Leave one plain, and add a few drops of green colouring to one and a few drops of red colouring to the last (use a bowl and mix in colours well, using your hands). Make tiny balls from all three. Drizzle 5 ml (1 tsp) icing over each cake ball and decorate with a few of the marzipan balls. Line box with paper and pack in a layer of cakes. tie up with ribbon. Makes 30.
 

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