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Christmas Cake Recipe Box – Zero Waste Food in Eco Packaging

More like a Christmas brownie than a cake, it has a squidge and I added chocolate to give it a modern twist that’ll go down well. So now you can make your own Christmas Cake from scratch with just a few minutes in the kitchen.

This is inspired by my neighbour when I was growing up. She was from Granada, West Indies and made the most amazing boozy Christmas cake which with a generous helping of warming spices. We lost touch…and I lost the recipe so I recreated it…adding the Virtuelicious touch.

Listen to the latest podcast to hear more about the history of the Christmas Cake and how I made it.

Or watch me make it using the Christmas Cake Kit: click here

With this recipe you even soak the fruit so can say you really did make it all from scratch.

Zero Waste Food: Our Christmas Cake recipe kits are zero waste and come in plastic free packaging which is made from wood pulp and is compostable.

£12.50

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This is divine, and so easy.

Yes you can make your own Christmas Cake Kit with just a few minutes in the kitchen.

With this recipe you even soak the fruit so you really can say you made it all from scratch.

As a child I lived in a terraced house in Edmonton, North London. It was a diverse area – not so many Indians but otherwise a melting pot of cultures. Next door lived Aunty Ann from Granada, West Indies. She made the only Christmas Cake I have ever liked. It was warm, moist and rich with spices, not to mention a lot of booze! We liked it so much that she showed us how to make it. Over the years we lost touch and also lost the recipe. But I couldn’t get the taste of that Christmas Cake out of my head. After much trial and error I have created a Christmas Cake I think Aunty Ann would be proud of. I’ve added the Virtuelicious twist by mincing the dried fruit for a squidgy texture and I’ve added a hint of chocolate for a modern touch. I reckon you’ll like it 🙂

You need: 1 egg, 50g butter, 40ml port, 2 tbsp whisky/brandy/rum

Serves: 2 to 3

Instructions:

Simply blend and soak the fruit. Beat the butter and sugar then beat in the egg and stir in the chocolate, flour mixture and soaked fruit and bake.

More detailed instructions:  

1. Soak the dried fruit in the alcohol overnight. Make it more like a brownie by whizzing up the dried fruit once it’s been soaked. In a rush? Warm the fruit in the alcohol for a few minutes and forego the soaking time.

2. Set the oven to 160c, 140c, fan, gas 3.

3. Beat 50g butter with the sugar until light and creamy then gradually beat in one egg, adding a little flour if the mixture curdles.

4. Mix in the flour, soaked fruit and chocolate, pour into a lined cake tin and bake for 30 mins, then reduce the oven temperature to 150c,130c fan, gas 2 for a further hour until a knife comes out clean.

5. Allow to cool for 1 hour then turn out and cool on a wire rack.

Pimp it up:

  • add any booze you have to hand
  • add some orange zest
  • add any dried fruit and nuts you have lying around
  • get creative when decorating it

Ingredients & warnings:

dried fruit (vine fruit, prunes, dates, apricots, pineapple), dark muscovado sugar, plain flour, dark chocolate, baking powder, mixed spice, ground cinnamon.

Warnings: may contain mustard, celery, gluten, sulphites, sesame seeds, nuts, peanuts, soya, milk

Watch me make it:

Or listen to the podcast.

 

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  • Owner: Avni Gohil
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    I want to help you become the kind of cook you want to be. Yes, you CAN juggle a busy work life, family commitments and social life whilst eating the food you really want to eat…I’ll show you hacks to make the delicious homemade food you always dreamt of. Whether it’s breakfasts, snacks or dinners, there’s a meal kit for you. Why not try the Indian Feast Kit or the Moroccan Feast Kit…you’ll love them all! 

    My meal kits give you the freedom to eat your food your way – add your own fresh ingredients to our little packages of flavour to create delicious meals you can feel virtuous about.

    I’ve always hated waste – wasted food, resources, time, effort…life would be much simpler without waste. The reason for starting this business was because I lived in a flat with limited kitchen cupboard space. When I moved I had the opportunity to clear my cupboards of outdated food taking up valuable space. There was stuff in there that was over 10 years old! Seriously! I’d hung on to it for all those years thinking I’d would get around to using it one day, but that day never came. So in the bin it all went…food and packaging.  Heartbreaking! Sound familiar? That’s why I decided that something had to change. So I set up Virtuelicious to provide meal kits in portion sizes so you don’t have to buy a whole packet of Allspice (and so many other ingredients) for one recipe like I did! I really hope you enjoy making the meals using our meal kits and would love to know what you think.

    Happy eating x

     

    P.S. Do you remember a time when the milkman delivered milk in bottles which you rinsed and left out for him to collect and reuse once you were done with them? I do!

    Whatever happened to valuing the resource we have available to us, about respecting it and preserving what we have? It seems that now everything we buy is packaged in some form or other, sometimes triple packed, and we rarely give a thought to the necessity of the packaging. There have been steps taken to reduce packaging – the carrier bag charge goes some way towards it but nowhere near enough. Recycling initiatives are progress but recycling still consumes energy and resources. Best to not use it in the first place.

    I look forward to a time when we stop this mindless fixation on consumption, I dream of a day when we can take our own containers to the shop and decant our food and drinks…can you imagine decanting milk into your own bottle, buying chocolate by the gram and having no packaging to throw away?

    Please let your imagination free and help us to achieve a less wasteful future. Dare to dream. 

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Christmas Cake Recipe Box – Zero Waste Food in Eco Packaging
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