Last month I treated myself to a copy of Good Housekeeping magazine and in it was a new recipe for Christmas Cake.
The recipe looked lovely and, as its been a good few years since I have made one I decided to give it a go.
To be fair, in the past I have only ever made my Grandma Harriet’s Christmas Cake and this recipe was quite different to that…
… Dried figs, prunes and apricots as well as the usual sultanas and raisins were all soaked for 3 days in orange juice and a nut liqueur before adding to the spiced cake mixture today… it smelled amazing:-
It might be the last time I use my late Mum’s mixing bowl, however, as I noticed a crack in it. Well it is over 50 years old!
The recipe called for a larger cake tin than I own, so rather than go out and buy another I decided to put any left over mixture in a loaf tin. But there was still some mixture left, so after filling my house with the lovely smell of baking for four hours while the larger cakes cooked I then poured the last of the mix into the loaf tin and cooked that too
The result was amazing and I now have three cakes to cover with almond paste and icing. The two smaller ones will make nice presents for people I think!!!