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    I'm going to attempt to make my own christmas cake this year. Does anyone have any recipes etc and do any of you make your own christmas cakes?
    thanks x

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    My mother does I hate it, minging!

    I dont like christmas cake either - nor christmas mince pies YUK

    Lulu'sMammy;6816979

    My mother does I hate it, minging!



    Should show more respect to your mother. :-D

    bossyboots;6816981

    I dont like christmas cake either - nor christmas mince pies YUK


    Agreed

    I have tried one similar to this recipe before, turned out well, bbc.co.uk/foo…tml

    Yes, I always make my Christmas Cakes.Over the years I have developed this mix of ingredients and have stuck to it now for about 10 years.

    For 2 x 8/9" tins :

    16oz plain flour - sieved
    16oz butter/marg
    16oz soft brown sugar with some caster sugar - sieved
    9 eggs
    1/2 tsp salt
    2 tsp mixed spice
    1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
    1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
    2tbsp treacle
    grated rind and the juice of a lemon
    4oz ground almonds
    5lbs mixed dried fruit i.e. glacé cherries, raisins, mixed peel, sultanas, currants inc 4oz almonds
    4 tsb brandy

    Lulu'sMammy;6816979

    My mother does I hate it, minging!



    :-D

    i lurve mince pies

    Original Poster

    how long do they usually last once you have made them?

    chesso;6817224

    Yes, I always make my Christmas Cakes.Over the years I have developed … Yes, I always make my Christmas Cakes.Over the years I have developed this mix of ingredients and have stuck to it now for about 10 years.For 2 x 8/9" tins :16oz plain flour - sieved16oz butter/marg16oz soft brown sugar with some caster sugar - sieved9 eggs1/2 tsp salt2 tsp mixed spice1/2 tsp ground nutmeg1/2 tsp ground cinnamon2tbsp teaclegrated rind and the juice of a lemon4oz ground almonds5lbs mixed dried fruit i.e. glacé cherries, raisins, mixed peel, sultanas, currants inc 4oz almonds4 tsb brandy



    Glad to see Treacle in there but I think you need to say Black Treacle because some people call Golden Syrup treacle for some reason, never understood why myself. It makes all the difference to the cake. I love treacle on toast too, lovely, although if you keep the tins for too long they do explode in the cupboard, what a mess! :whistling:

    Shark Girl;6817558

    Glad to see Treacle in there but I think you need to say Black Treacle … Glad to see Treacle in there but I think you need to say Black Treacle because some people call Golden Syrup treacle for some reason, never understood why myself. It makes all the difference to the cake. I love treacle on toast too, lovely, although if you keep the tins for too long they do explode in the cupboard, what a mess! :whistling:



    Good point :thumbsup: Yes, black treacle for all those who call syrup 'treacle'!!

    Next: Housewifely Tip - don't let your treacle ferment, build up gas pressure and explode

    3rd Housewifely Tip - if your treacle explodes, simple hot soapy water on a cloth is that that's needed to clean up. Chuck everything, you can, that gets treacled into the bin.:giggle:

    gemmar26;6817553

    how long do they usually last once you have made them?


    Pour on the brandy when cooked.
    Wrap when tepid in thick foil; leave the greaseproof paper on.
    They will keep like this for several months. You can repeat the brandy after a month. They will get better as time passes. That's why I make mine the last week in October/ half term.
    If you have room in the freezer keep them in there as it makes them even better and they keep indefinitely like that.

    These are the ones I made a couple of weeks ago. I thought you might want to see how to do the brown paper!!
    They are in a kitchen cupboard just now.
    http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii78/chesso_photos/ChristmascakesSmall.jpg

    I thought you made it a couple of months before? No?

    AshleyRFC;6817711

    I thought you made it a couple of months before? No?


    Yes.

    Last week in October to last week in December = a couple of months, but you can get away with just a month, or even a day or two if push came to shove.

    yummmm my mum puts sherry in hers, she used to make loads but it got very costly for her cos everyone would want one, shes not doing it this year :cry: anyone care to pity me with a huuuuge one? :lol:

    loupomm;6818082

    yummmm my mum puts sherry in hers, she used to make loads but it got very … yummmm my mum puts sherry in hers, she used to make loads but it got very costly for her cos everyone would want one, shes not doing it this year :cry: anyone care to pity me with a huuuuge one? :lol:



    I'm sure if you get in quickly, round at your mum's, you can snaffle a huge slice of hers before all the rest of your tribe dive in.:-D

    Or . :thinking: ..... still time to make your own.:whistling:

    My Mum makes them,she makes them well in advance.

    You have to decide what you going do as a topping if marzipan or icing or both.

    Get some of those little cute robins to stick on top lol.

    bossyboots;6816981

    I dont like christmas cake either - nor christmas mince pies YUK



    Blah !!! humbug :x

    Mmm iced mince pies are my fave.

    Great recipe Chesso, no way am I brave enough to try, would go horribly wrong no doubt :lol:

    loupomm;6818082

    anyone care to pity me with a huuuuge one? :lol:



    I got a huuuuge one! ;-)

    Oh, you mean christmas cake...:oops:


    :lol:

    Mum2Connor&Cerys;6818139

    My Mum makes them,she makes them well in advance.You have to decide what … My Mum makes them,she makes them well in advance.You have to decide what you going do as a topping if marzipan or icing or both.Get some of those little cute robins to stick on top lol.


    No one here ( apart from me) likes either so I just sift a bit of icing sugar on the top, for a sprinkling of snow ( :roll:) then the decs.:-D

    4lyons09;6818250

    Mmm iced mince pies are my fave.Great recipe Chesso, no way am I brave … Mmm iced mince pies are my fave.Great recipe Chesso, no way am I brave enough to try, would go horribly wrong no doubt :lol:


    It's time consuming but straight forwards. Just mixing stuff up together in sequence. Give it a go.:-D

    birdyboyuk;6818301

    I got a huuuuge one! ;-)Oh, you mean christmas cake...:oops::lol:


    I see that you are deifinitely in the Christmas mood, already. I hope you'll not be burnt out by the day itself. :-D
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