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Turkish Delight Christmas Recipe and traditional Christmas Cake

Author: Madhavi Porori

RECIPE 1

Turkish Delight Christmas Recipe

Ingredients :

  • 2 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups lightly salted peanuts

Preperation:

  • Grease and line a 9 x 13-inch pan with foil.
  • In a large, heavy saucepan over moderate heat, cook the sugar, butter, and water, stirring occasionally, until the mixture becomes a golden-brown syrup, about 25 minutes. Remove to a cool surface.
  • Stir in the peanuts and pour mixture into the pan, spreading the nuts evenly.
  • Let peanut brittle set and cool before breaking into bite-size pieces. It can be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to 1 month.

RECIPE 2

Traditional Christmas Cake

Ingredients :

  • 2 sticks plus 2 tablespoons (9 ounces total) butter at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cups each currants, golden raisins, dark raisins
  • 1 1/3 cups soft dried figs, chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups dates, pitted and chopped
  • 1 cup chopped stoned dried prunes
  • 1 3/4 cups chopped dried apricots
  • 3/4 cup blanched almonds, chopped
  • 2/3 cup plus 4 tablespoons brandy
  • 2 teaspoons instant espresso, mixed with 1 tablespoon water

Preperation:

  • Preheat the oven to 300F. Grease a round 9- or 10-inch cake pan, and line bottom and sides with several layers of waxed paper.
  • In a large bowl, with an electric mixer on high, beat the butter and sugar until thick and creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Sift together the flour, salt, and spices, then fold into the creamed mixture. Add the fruit, almonds, 2/3 cup brandy, and espresso, folding in well.
  • Spoon the mixture into the prepared pan, leveling the surface. Place the pan in the center of the oven and bake for 30 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 275F and bake for 3 1/2 hours longer or until a tester inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
  • Remove the pan from the oven, cover with first a kitchen towel and then a thick bath towel so that the cake will cool slowly.
  • When the cake is cool, prick the top with a skewer and drizzle with the extra brandy. Wrap in waxed paper and store in an airtight container. Keep in a cool place for up to 3 months.

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