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Air Fryer Oven Mastery for Crafting the Perfect Christmas Cake

Christmas is here, and it's time to showcase your baking skills by creating a delicious Christmas cake for family and friends! Today, we'll be sharing a detailed recipe on how...

Christmas is here, and it's time to showcase your baking skills by creating a delicious Christmas cake for family and friends! Today, we'll be sharing a detailed recipe on how to bake a rich and flavorful Christmas classic in the air fryer oven. Are you ready? Let's get started!

Main Ingredients:

200g (7oz) dark brown sugar
200g (7oz) unsalted butter
4 medium eggs
225g (8oz) plain all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp mixed spice
1/2 tsp cinnamon
110g (4oz) ground almonds
75 ml milk
75 ml brandy
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp black treacle/molasses
800g (28oz) mixed fruit (glac茅 cherries, currants, sultanas, raisins)
1 tbsp marmalade

Spice Mix:

1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp allspice
1 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp coriander

Tools:

8-inch spring form tin
HYSapientia 24L 10-in-1 Digital Air Fryer Oven

Baking temperature and time锛

140掳C (284掳F)
70-90 minutes

Step-by-Step Guide:

1. Preparation:聽Ensure all ingredients are ready, including softening the butter to room temperature for easier mixing.

2. Preheat the Air Fryer Oven:聽Preheat the oven to 140掳C (284掳F) to prepare for baking.

3. Mix Wet Ingredients:聽In a large bowl, mix brown sugar and softened butter. Use a mixer or spoon until the mixture becomes smooth. Gradually add eggs one by one, ensuring each egg is thoroughly mixed, creating a silky batter.

4. Add Dry Ingredients:聽Gradually add flour, salt, mixed spice, cinnamon, and ground almonds. Continue stirring until all ingredients are well combined, forming a uniform batter. This process is best done in batches to avoid flour scattering.

5. Add Liquids:聽Add milk, brandy, vanilla extract, and black treacle/molasses to the batter. Stir continuously to ensure the liquid fully incorporates, creating a moist cake.

6. Add Fruit:聽Gently fold in mixed fruit, cherries, and raisins into the batter. Use a rubber spatula or spoon to gently fold, ensuring even distribution of the fruit throughout.

7. Add Spice Mix:聽Add the pre-mixed spice blend to the batter. Stir well to infuse the batter with the aromatic spices.

8. Spread Jam:聽Spread a layer of jam on the bottom of the 8-inch springform tin to prevent sticking.

9. Pour the Batter:聽Pour the batter into the prepared tin, ensuring a smooth surface.

10. Bake:聽Place the tin in the preheated air fryer oven and bake for 70 to 90 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Monitor the cake's color during baking to ensure an even finish.

11. Cool:聽Remove the baked cake and let it cool naturally on a rack. Once cooled, use a knife to loosen the edges and remove from the tin. This helps the cake maintain its shape.

12. Infuse with Brandy:聽a. When the cake is completely cool, use a syringe to inject a suitable amount of brandy into the interior.
b. After injecting the brandy, carefully wrap the cake with parchment paper to ensure the brandy evenly permeates the interior.
c. Then, add another layer of aluminum foil for optimal storage.

13. Allow to Stand for Four Days:聽Let the cake stand for four days, allowing the brandy's aroma and flavor to fully infuse into the cake.

14. Inject Brandy Again:聽After four days, use the syringe to inject another suitable amount of brandy into the cake, enhancing its flavor.

15. Seal and Store for Two Weeks:聽Finally, thoroughly seal the cake and store it for two weeks to enhance its flavor and moisture content.

Now, you've successfully created this special Christmas cake infused with the rich aroma of brandy, adding a unique and delightful touch to your festive celebrations!

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