Friday, 25 November 2011

The run-up to Christmas phase two.

The Christmas puddings are made, cooled, re-wrapped and put in a cool place for storage. Now for the Christmas cakes. I always make four or five - some as presents and usually two for us.

I have just put the first one into the oven and it is one for us and one I have not made for a few years - a tropical fruit cake. It has pineapple, papaya, melon, mango, cherries, orange and lemon peels, sultanas, ground almonds, crystallised ginger and lots of Highland Park whisky in it. As I write it is cooking in the Aga, so keep fingers crossed that it comes out well. I shall not ice it, but add a topping of glazed nuts and cherries. If the fiinished cake looks reasonable I shall post a photograph to this blog tonight, to go with the one of the mixture in the bowl above.

Anyone having a Thanksgiving Day - have a wonderful day.


Heather said...

Your cake mixture looks wonderful and I can almost smell the fruit and spices. Can I scrape the bowl out please?!! How could it not be a success when it has been baked in an Aga? I'm sure everything tastes better cooked in one.

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Gwil W said...

I see the seasonal spam is already on the way. Your mix is better!

Elizabeth said...

I envy your Aga (always thought they were wonderful!)
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mrsnesbitt said...

I will be doing ours shortly! Thanks for the comments re the craft club - I wish you were closer too Pat. We will be decorating the church on December 23rd so our wreaths will certainly do us proud. Photos to follow!
PS next year - if there was a group of you interested I could pop over and do a session, one day????

Irene said...

Your cake mix does look good enough to eat unbaked. I'm sure licking out the bowl was a joy. XOX

angryparsnip said...

Between you and mrsnesitt making cakes and puddings I now must make one myself.
The cake mixture looks so wonderful I could just eat it right now. I am guessing I would have to make mine without the lots of Highland Park Whiskey or will much of it cook off ? must look that up.
I usually by a packaged Christmas Cake from England at the specialty market.

I hope we get a photo later of the finished cake.

cheers, parsnip

Rachel Phillips said...

The tropical fruit mix sounds interesting. Do you think the farmer will like it? I have a feeling my farmer would say "what's this then, a bit exotic!" I think I might try it and see what happens!

Pondside said...

I've heard of that tropical fruit cake recipe - that it's very good!

rkbsnana said...

Very busy lady. Sounds wonderful.

Dave King said...

All sounds wonderful, as I am sure it is. A good start to the season of mouthwatering.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Yes - Highland park whiskey does burn off during cooking - but it does give a flavour and the trick is then to pour more over it while it is still cooling in the tin. Yum.
Thanks for the replies.