Dark Rich Christmas Cake Recipe




 Seedless raisins1 1⁄2 Pound
 Candied cherries1⁄2 Pound
 Currants1 Pound
 Chopped mixed citrus peel1⁄2 Pound
 Candied pineapple1⁄2 Pound
 Butter1 Pound, softened
 Brown sugar12 Ounce
 Eggs8 Small, beaten
 Grated lemon zest1
 Lemon juice1
 Cinnamon1 Teaspoon
 Ground cloves1 Teaspoon
 Nutmeg1 Dash
 Flour1 Pound


Place the raisins, candied cherries, currants, mixed citrus peel and candied pineapple in a large bowl and toss with a few tablespoons of flour.
Beat the butter until creamy in a huge mixing bowl; beat in the brown sugar.
Mix in the eggs, lemon juice and zest, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.
Add the flour to the fruit alternately with the egg mixture, mixing well after each addition.
When mixing becomes difficult, roll up your sleeves and mix with your hands.
Press into a heavy 31/2 inch deep by 81/2 inch round cake pan lined with very lightly buttered parchment paper.
Bake at 250 degrees for 5 to 51/2 hours.
Cool completely.