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Christmas cake Australian

3 cups raisins
3 cups sultanas
2 cups currants
1/2 cup mixed peel
1/2 cup glace cherries
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1 cup brandy
400 grams butter or margarine
2 cups sugar
2 tablespoons marmalade
3 cups plain flour
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 tablespoon parisienne essence
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
mixed spice and nutmeg
8 eggs
pinch salt

Soak fruit and almonds in brandy overnight. Cream butter and sugar,
add marmalade , cocoa, spices, salt and essence, then eggs. Pour
mixture in with fruit adding salt, flour, and baking powder. Pour
in 2 x 9" pans lined with greaseproof paper. Place aluminum foil
with a pleat over pans and prick several holes in it. Start cooking
at 375 degrees and decrease 25 degrees every half hour until 325
degrees. Cook 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Cakes are cooked when a skewer
comes out clean. Cool in pans with foil over top. Store wrapped in
foil.

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