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It is nearly November so I feel that a Christmas cooking topic is acceptable :D

Just wondered when you all make yours and whose recipe you use?

I always make a large Delia classic cake and my OH experiments with a new one. This year he has made Nigella's very boosey one. We didn't have any brandy so he used a mix of alsorts from the drinks cabinet, it smelled so Christmassy :drool:

We both made ours a week or so ago because we had some time off work :D

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Any time between now and end November, I usually use Delia's recipe but I don't make a large cake. I volunteer with a charity called Contact the Elderly which takes elderly people out to tea once a month. There are eight elderly guests in our group, so I'll be making eight mini cakes to give out in December at our last tea party of the year. I only have four mini tins so I do two batches.

 

I have been stockpiling dried fruit and the hens are working hard to provide eggs, but I'll need to hunt out my notes to see what volume I need to fill the tins :D I don't ice them, just put a bit of cake frill round.

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I make the boiled fruit version from on here and its fab with port as the liquid. Therefore dont need to make till middle of December. Made one yesterday just cause had loads fruit in.

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I usually make mine in the October half term but had to do it just after this time.

 

Mine is an ancient M&S recipe which I change slightly to my own taste.

I always cook the fruit first with orange and lemon juice and brandy :D

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If he's being very good on the day, a small piece won't kill him. If he leaves alone other things that add to the sugar.

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My Mum always makes the one from the Hamlyn cookbook we have at home-always works, and tastes good!

 

I'm not making a Christmas cake, but have been making stollen!

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Ive made eight mini cakes, now waiting in the cupboard to be fed with brandy between now and delivery. I usually leave it a bit late so I was quite pleased with myself for getting them sorted.

 

Then I did another count-up and realised there are nine guests this year. :evil:

Luckily Delia's recipe makes four little ones, I think I can divide it to make a single cake.

Christmas pudding next - it's Stir-up Sunday today, after all!

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