Christmas Day is in less than 48 hours.
But Christmas isn't just about one day. It's about a very special time of year.
It's about eating Advent Calendar chocolates for breakfast. It's sitting on freezing cold train platforms criss crossing the country looking forward to seeing friends and family. It's about novel ways with left over turkey. Its about wearing the exact same Christmas jumper for five days running. It's Deck the Halls and Ding Dong Merrily. It's obscenely large box of chocolates eaten all in one go. It's spending more time working out the instructions to the new board game than time spent actually playing it. Its about long walks in new scarves. It's figuring out what on earth to do on New Years Eve. Its roaring fires and fancy cocktails. It's lovingly wrapping and hurriedly, excitedly unwrapping. It's tradition, laughter and kindness. It's spending time with those most important.
What is Christmas for you? However and with whomever you celebrate, have a very, very Merry Christmas.
This year I've baked two Christmas Cakes. See below for why.
The first is a mini six-inch Delia-inspired classic rich fruit cake. The second, a larger, lighter almond and apricot cake inspired by this recipe from Good Food Magazine.
Both have just a top layer of marzipan and fondant icing and will be decked with
boughs of holly pretty, fancy ribbon.
- It can be helpful to practice creating your design on the base of the cake tin:
- I used this lovely icing sugar/flour shaker sent to me by the lovely people at The Garden Trading Company. They also sent this measuring scoop set to try out, perfect for all the recent Christmas baking
Photos above courtesy of The Garden Trading Company
- This month's Random Recipes blogging challenge, hosted by the splendid Dom from Belleau Kitchen is: 'My Christmas Gift'. This involves randomly selecting a recipe from a cookbook received last Christmas. This time last year I
luckily receivedbought myself Delia's 'Christmas' and the book fell open on her Christmas Cake recipe...which is why there are two Christmas Cakes baked this year!