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Sunday, June 20, 2021
This delicious Portuguese style Christmas cake with dried fruits and nuts (bolo de natal) is sensational for the holidays.
Preparation time:
20 min
Cooking Time:
45 min
Ready In:
1 h 5 min
Level of Difficulty:

Portuguese Style Christmas Cake Recipe

Portuguese Style Christmas Cake Recipe

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Posted in: Cakes / Cheesecakes
Fri, Dec 13, 2019, 17:02
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1 cup of butter3 cups of flour3/4 cup of sugar3 tablespoons of honey4 medium eggs1/4 cup of port wine3/4 cup of orange juiceZest from 1 orange1/4 cup of aguardente (moonshine) or brandy1 teaspoon of baking powder 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon1/2 lb of dried fruits and nuts (to taste)1 little pinch of saltIcing sugar (to taste)
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    1. Grease with margarine and sprinkle with flour a 25cm or 9" diameter pan and preheat the oven to 180ºC or 350ºF.
    2. Chop the dried fruit and nuts (to taste), add the port wine and the brandy, mix well and leave it for 10 minutes.
    3. Beat the butter (softened at room temperature) with the sugar until cream.
    4. Add the eggs one by one (while beating), add the orange zest, the juice and the honey, beating a little more until the batter is homogeneous.
    5. Add the flour, baking powder and cinnamon and beat well.
    6. Add the dried fruits and nuts and mix very well.
    7. Pour the batter into the pan you have prepared and bake for 40 to 50 minutes.
    8. Remove from the oven and let it cool for 10 minutes before unmolding.
    9. When the cake is completely cold, sprinkle with icing sugar.
    Recipe & Photo Credit: narwencuisine.blogspot.com


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