Christmas Cake

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Difficulty:
moderate
Difficulty
Preparation:
1 hr
Preparation
ready in 12 h.
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Ingredients

for
20
For the filling
150 grams raisins
75 grams Currants
50 grams chopped almonds
50 grams Candied lemon (finely chopped)
50 grams candied orange (finely chopped)
5 centiliters Rum
4 drops Almond extract
1 Vanilla bean
1 teaspoon grated Lemon peel
1 teaspoon grated Orange peel
For the dough
1 cube Yeast (42 grams or approximately 1 1/2 oz)
50 grams sugar
100 milliliters lukewarm milk
300 grams Pastry flour
50 grams Marzipan
2 eggs
125 grams softened butter
½ teaspoon salt
200 grams Pastry flour
1 teaspoon butter (for the baking sheet)
For preparation
200 grams liquid butter (for brushing)
sugar (to sprinkle)
125 grams powdered sugar (for dusting)
How healthy are the main ingredients?
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Preparation steps

1.

Mix the filling ingredients well and allow to sit overnight.

2.

For the dough, mix the crumbled yeast with the sugar and milk until it has dissolved. Add 200 grams (approximately 1 1/2 cups) of sifted flour and knead with the dough hook of the electric hand mixer to make a smooth dough. Dust the dough with flour, cover and let rise in a warm place until the surface of the dough shows cracks, about 20 minutes.

3.

Cut the marzipan into small pieces, mix with the eggs, softened butter and salt. Mix with the remaining flour and knead thoroughly to make a smooth dough. Drain the soaked fruit filling and mix into the dough. Sprinkle with flour, cover, and let sit for 1 hour, until its volume has roughly doubled.

4.

Preheat the oven to 180°C (approximately 350°F) and coat the baking sheet with butter.

5.

Roll out the dough to a size of about 20 x 30 cm (8 x 12 inches). Roll the dough into a tube shape and press the seam to seal.

6.

Place the dough on the greased baking sheet, slightly reshape, cover and let rest again for about 20 minutes, then place in the oven and bake for about 60 minutes. After about 20 minutes baking time, brush with some melted butter and repeat again 20 minutes later.

7.

After a total of about 60 minutes baking time, check for doneness with a toothpick. Remove from the oven, brush with the remaining melted butter and let cool on a wire rack. Dust with powdered sugar, wrap in foil and let it sit overnight.

8.

To serve, unwrap, lightly dust with fresh powdered sugar and slice.