Christmas for me is a disparate and disorganised affair – zipping between varied peoples homes, delivering a Small Boy to all of the kin that wish to pinch his cheeks and ruffle his hair, like an exasperated sugar-high parcel. Popping in on mother and father and grandparents, gathering waifs and strays at mine for my almost-annual ‘Make Christmas A Bit Much less Shit’ gathering, and in all of that hullaballoo, nicely, I forgot to make a cake this yr. I believe I’m the one individual that likes it, anyway.

So just a few weeks in the past I dug out some outdated recipes of mine, from days yonder when shopping for three sorts of nuts and obscure dried fruits was de rigeur, and gawped on the sheer size of the ingredient lists. I set myself a problem to make a Christmas-ish cake with fewer than 9 substances. That was fairly simple, so I attempted for eight. You possibly can see the place that is going! I ended up right here; to be sincere, the 5 ingredient cake was my favorite, however I can’t resist the simplicity of this as soon as. It’s lighter than conventional Christmas cake, extra of a Christmas-spiced fruit cake, however be at liberty to ramp up the flavours as you see match. Use it as a base and add extra of your favorite substances or no matter festive goodness it’s a must to hand. I dredged mine with icing sugar to complete as a result of I burned the highest of it!

Makes eight respectable slices from 16p every

200ml ginger ale or ginger beer, 5p (50p/2l)

2 eggs, 26p (£2/15 combined weight free vary eggs)

400g mincemeat, 90p (90p/411g – I slung the entire jar in!)

200g self elevating flour, 6p (45p/1.5kg)

1 spherical 20cm cake tin

First measure out your ginger ale or ginger beer; it must be fizzy to ensure that this to work because the bubbles appear to behave as a sort of leavening agent. As a result of, science, or one thing. Measure it out in a jug or measuring cups, and look ahead to the bubbles to settle so you realize you could have the correct amount. Pour it right into a massive mixing bowl.

Add the mincemeat and blend nicely to loosen it; this types the idea of your sugar, fruit and spices. You could want to add extra, if you happen to like your cake dense and fruity, the quantity specified within the recipe provides a flippantly beneficiant mouthful but it surely may definitely maintain a little bit extra in case you are so inclined.

Crack within the eggs and stir within the flour and blend nicely. Frivolously grease your cake tin and pour the combination in.

Bake at 170C for 50 minutes, overlaying with foil midway by way of to cease the highest from browning an excessive amount of. I forgot to do that and it ended up with a barely treacly crust – not disagreeable, however somewhat extra chewy on the primary bits than I’d have wished. I’m blitzing it right into a Christmas Cake Trifle which is each bit as terribly decadent because it sounds – and can after all submit the recipe in the end!

I discussed the 5 ingredient cake above – this recipe delivers a barely boozy hit from the ginger beer, spices and fruit from the mincemeat, and richness from the eggs, however I did really feel it was missing a little bit of a citrus kick. So for the 5 ingredient model I added two tablespoons of chunky marmalade instead of two tablespoons of mincemeat. Lastly, this cake retains for round per week, so it’s a final minute Christmas cake somewhat than a make-ahead one! Get pleasure from!

My new e book Tin Can Cook dinner is out there to order now!

All textual content copyright Jack Monroe.

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