Christmas Cake Recipe from John Sheedy

by Martina on November 28, 2011

Here is the Traditional Christmas Cake from John’s mother.  The recipe is for an 8 inch deep tin.

175g glace cherries

400g currants

300g sultanas

300g raisins

110g candied orange peel

7 tbsp Paddy

400g plain flour

1/2 tsp all spice

350g butter softened

350g dark sugar

6 eggs lightly beaten

110g chopped almonds

zest of 1 orange and its juice, zest of 1 lemon

1 tbsp black treacle

Prepare the fruit in advance.  cut the cherries into quarters.  Place all the fruit and the mixed peel in a large bowl and pour over the whiskey.  Mix well then cover with clingfilm and set aside overnight.  Line the base adn sides of the cake tin with baking parchment, then tie a collar of 4 layers of brown paper, wide enough to stand about 2 inches above the rim, around the outside of the tin.  Pre heat the oven to 120C.

Sift the flour, all spice and mixed spice into a bowl.  place the butter and sugar in a food mixer and whisk thoroughly until light and fluffy.  Then add a little of the beaten egg ot the mixture, then sift in some of the flour and mix.  Repeat this process until all the egg and flour have been thoroughly mixed in.  Then carefully add the mixed soaked fruit and peel, chopped almonds and orange and lemon zesets, followed by the juice and treacle, until thoroughly combined.

Spoon the mixture into the prepared cake tin.  bake the cake in the centre of the oven for about 3 hours, then turn it around and cook for a further 3 hours.  To check if it is cooked, put a skewer into the centre of the cake and it must come out clean.  Leave it to cool.  To store, wrap well in greaseproof paper.  You can put more whiskey over it on a regular basis.  This cake keeps very well.

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Adam Nethersole December 7, 2011 at 2:06 pm

Hi John/Martina! I made the cake and it’s tastes wonderful – another super Sheedy’s creation! Hope life is treating you both and the kids well (they’ve grown up quick!!!), and best wishes for Christmas and New Year!

All the best, Adam (and now Jane -wife, and Lizzie – daughter!)
P.s. John – I still make your wrapped prawns with pesto once a week, and that New York Banana Cheesecake – both classics!


Martina December 8, 2011 at 11:15 am

Adam, delighted to hear from you and great news about Lizzie!! What age is she and I am sure she is looking forward to Santa! Our regards to Jane. Matthew is now 9 and Roisin is now 6. John is busy with evening classes and come January he will be making the years supply of marmalade. Keep an eye on the blog for other recipes. Please let us know what you are doing now – are you cheffing or did you take a different road.


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