Saturday, 13 November 2010

OH CHRISTMAS CAKE...

i've been umming and ahhing whether or not to bake the family christmas cake this year. when most supermarkets are selling un-iced fruit cakes, ranging from £5.00 to £10.00, it's just far too tempting to back out of the science of baking and fast track straight to creativity.

round fruit cake - £5.99 - waitrose

square fruit cake - £9.99 - waitrose

if you are planning to bake the fruit cake from scratch, i was advised to do so roughly 1 1/2 to 2 months prior to christmas to allow feeding time. to achieve the all round flavour and moist texture, the cake will need to be fed brandy every two weeks. a few holes pierced into the surface followed by just a few drops will suffice. i felt i had probably run out of time and 80% of me had succumbed to purchasing.

this is until i discovered a clever idea from waitrose today. they're latest recipe card is delia's classic christmas cake which wouldn't have swayed my decision as i used this recipe for last year's cake. however, at the end of one of the isles was sitting...

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delia's classic christmas cake - £9.99 - waitrose

all of the ingredients you need to bake your own christmas cake: all measured out. i couldn't resist a deal like that. however, there are 4 ingredients missing: 5 medium egg, zest of 1 orange and 1 lemon and butter

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tomorrow, i'll be testing out delia's classic christmas cake ingredients and recipe card ready for the upcoming weeks of feeding.

xx

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