Thursday, 1 October 2009
Creating of a different kind
Made some backgrounds today which is a bit boring so I thought id share with you what I made on Tuesday.
I have begun my Christmas cake making! I make at least 12 for presents and I do so like them to have chance to mature and "be fed" regularly. This was a receipe my Mother in Law gave me the first Christmas in our own home and its only gone wrong once (when I put too much booze in and the fruit soaked it up then sank to the bottom as it was soooo heavy during cooking!). So I thought id share the recipe
2 bags (2 x 500g)of mixed fruit (I used to buy it from the health shop but these days its the budget version from Morrisons lol)
4oz cherries chopped
4 fl oz sherry - or could be Brandy or Whiskey
8oz dark brown sugar (the darker the better)
10oz plain flour
1/2 level teaspoon of baking powder
1 level teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1/2 level teaspoon mixed spice
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
5 large eggs
Optional - 2 tablespoons of apricot jam and 1 teaspoon of black trecle.
Soak fruit overnight in sheery
cream butter and sugar
add flour, spices, eggs, baking powder also jam and trecle if wanted
add pre soaked fruit
Line and grease a 10 inch round or square tin with greaseproof paper. Add mixture then cook at Gas no 1 for 3 1/2 - 4 hours - middle of oven. It should look dark on the top (not black!) and if you insert a metal skewer it should come out clean - this means its cooked perfectly.
I like to pour over more Brandy, Whiskey or Sherry within an hour of it coming out of the oven about 2 capfuls. Once cool wrap in greaseproof paper then tin foil. Add 2 more capfuls of your chosen tipple every 3 weeks until Christmas - decorate as required.
Baking Christmas cakes sounds difficult but trust me its not - just have a go. Just make sure your guests know its a boozy cake so they dont go over the limit! Would love to see your cakes :0)
This year I have been given loads of sweetie tins so I plan to decorate them to present my cakes in - better get on with that soon too!