English Christmas Cake

A knife cuts a brown fruitcake into thick slices

English Christmas Cake (1915)

Video capsule

Five Roses Cookbook, 1915

"It is the best I have ever met. And everybody who has ever eaten the cake thinks it splendid."

Ingredients

  • 3/4 pound butter
  • 1 pound brown sugar
  • 2 pounds currants
  • 2 pounds raisins
  • 1 pound dates
  • 10 eggs (8 will do)
  • 1/4 pound almonds
  • 1/4 pound walnuts
  • 1/2 cup molasses (or rose water)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon mace
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • Vanilla
  • 3/4 teaspoon soda
  • 5 cups Five Roses flour
  • 3/4 or 1 cup brandy

Directions

Brandy may be mixed with other ingredients or poured over cake when baked. Bake in very slow oven 3 to 4 hours.

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