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I read with interest that this year Waitrose will be selling this cake in a sort of kit form,with the exact ingredients weighed out & ready to go (not the eggs,I suspect!) for £10.

To buy it all yourself would be about £26,although you would have leftovers.

 

Sounds like a pretty good deal to me,as I always forget about leftover bits of fruit in bags until they have gone well past heir sell-by date :roll:

 

Its the cake I do every year & responds well to a good feeding of alcohol too 8):lol:

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"my kingdom for a Waitrose!!!" not really but I do really miss Waitrose.. :mrgreen:

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I read about that also! Apparently the fruit is pre soaked in alchol, surely this means you can drink what you would normally use :wink::wink::wink:

 

Sounds like a fab idea, but think i'd miss all the weighing and measuring!

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This is in the oven now :P

It was so simple to make. I was a bit concerned that the fruit soaked in brandy wouldn't be boozy enough for me :oops: , but was pleasantly surprised to find that it is very,very boozy indeed,& is a lovely chunky mix of fruits & cherries.

 

The house smells lovely :P

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I wonder how they priced that up? Probably assuming you would buy a massive bottle of expensive brandy :roll: I've just made 2 of these and I haven't spent that for sure!

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TBH,it would have meant lots of wasted ingredients here - the chopped nuts for one.

However,I get my discount for working at Waitrose,so I looked at the price with that in mind too.

I reckon it is not bad value really.

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I bought mine yesterday but I think I'll bake it the last weekend in Nov (I was worried they may sell out of the packs if I left it until then to buy). I would use up pretty much all the ingredients if I tried but I liked the idea of mixing it up with my boys and not having to weigh out everything.

 

I need to decide what Christmas pudding recipe I'm going to try this year. I liked Nigella's but she really does use some obscure ingredients :shock: I was very bad :oops: and bought some pudding charms to put in this year - even though we always get to the end of Christmas dinner and can't fit in pudding. :lol:

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I went to two Waitrose, well one Waitrose and one John Lewis Food Hall yesterday and neither had any. They both said they may be getting some in later in the week. :( I feel I may have missed the cake

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Finally got hold of one ... well two :D

I phoned my nearest Waitrose today, they had previously said they'd have a delivery today, yes we have loads but we can't put any by - So I went straight away. 20 mins later at the shop - none all gone. Behind the counter were 6 with peoples names on :evil: I was not happy. I expressed my frustrations to the lady behind the counter who went off to see when another delivery was due - she returned Saying that JL Bluewater had just had a delivery and they had put one by for me and here’s a £10 voucher for my inconvenience - :clap::D:clap:

Off to Bluewater - they did have a few but there was a crowd around the display, they started to disappear very quickly.

 

If you really want one then I'd recommend phone and asking them to put one by - at both the shops I visited there were operating this option

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Wonder if Sandbach have got them in? :think: I feel a quick pop there may be on the cards. Does it come with the marzipan & icing too or am I pushing my luck? :anxious:

 

Emma.x

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What about Heston's Christmas pudding ? I wonder if you could put an orange in your own pudding - but what about any pips ?

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Just made one of the bags I bought - very easy - no weighing out, it does save so much time and there's no left over bits that sit in the cupboard for most of the year. Now I have to wait 4 hours until its cooked :whistle:

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I got one today. It's a real weight isn't it? There weren't many bags left at our Waitrose. I can't wait to make it, but will have to be a day when I won't need the oven for 4 hours or I'm not going out.

 

Monday - in the oven as I type - due out at 5.45pm.

 

Emma.x

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It came out fantastic. A real no fail cake. I did grease & line my tin properly & tied extra paper round the outside of the tin. I didn't have any brandy in - so I fed mine with Tawny Port. Robbed it out of hubby's bottle. :shh::lol:

Smells divine.

I was out at my parents last night & it was really killing hubby that he couldn't have a piece.

I think I will only decorate the top this year - sometimes it's too much all over, will see nearer the time. We are taking it away with us.

 

Emma.x

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I haven't bought one, but was buying baking things today in my local Waitrose and the shop assistant there was telling another one that our branch aren't getting any more in, so once they sell out, that's it! So I guess the moral of the story is if you are going to, buy one now!

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I have made mine from scratch as usual because these days I have to make a one and a half times mixture to feed my Christmas cake loving family. I had forgotten how hard it is to mix that much I had to stand the bowl on the floor kneel down and stir it that way in the end. having a big enough bowl is a problem too, I used the bowl from my Kenwood Major.

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I only feed mine a couple of times, because the children eat a lot of it and it goes in lunchboxes for the first week or so back after Christmas. I feed it as soon as it has cooled and then in a couple of weeks then just before icing.

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I fed mine for the first time yesterday evening with 30ml of brandy.

Shall feed again at least another 3 times before I ice etc. - has to be all finished by 16th

 

I shall make my other Delia cake bag this weekend

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