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It's that time of year again!

Just out of the oven but not to be tasted until Christmas! Smells good! Of course I need to feed it between now and then.
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Where did you say you lived again?
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Just out of the oven but not to be tasted until Christmas! Smells good! Of course I need to feed it between now and then.
What is it and how do you feed it. Looks cool, whatever it is.
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Re: It's that time of year again!

It is my Christmas cake and between now and the week before Christmas I will "feed" it with a dribble of alcohol each week. Sherry or Brandy. I don't like mine too booze so not too much.
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Just out of the oven but not to be tasted until Christmas! Smells good! Of course I need to feed it between now and then.
Makes me go all Stanley Hollowayish.
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Re: It's that time of year again!

B**ger, it's all gone!! Tasted really good though. Now, when is it Easter??
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Re: It's that time of year again!

Have put the fruit in to soak with a “little” brandy ready for mixing and baking tomorrow.

It got me thinking though, and I discussed with OH whether this year we want a Xmas pudding too or not? I am travelling to visit Mother in November so will have the opportunity to buy either suet to make my own or else a ready made pud ( more likely option).

BUT, if I bought the suet and it was beef suet, would it count towards my meat ration and indeed if my pud has animal origin suet, how is that calculated? Interesting conundrum
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Thanks for the timely reminder!!

I want to make one this year too, but of course would've forgotten about that until it was too late...yet again!!.

It is a promise I made to myself to once serve my family a Chrimbo Pudding with brandybutter . It will be something new for all of us. But since everyone loves my mincemeat and the pies, I presume they'll love such a cake too!!


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Thanks for the timely reminder!!

I want to make one this year too, but of course would've forgotten about that until it was too late...yet again!!.

It is a promise I made to myself to once serve my family a Chrimbo Pudding with brandybutter . It will be something new for all of us. But since everyone loves my mincemeat and the pies, I presume they'll love such a cake too!!


off I go perusing my cookbooks
I use the recipe from my Delia Smith book.

Makes a really nice cake, the only difference when I make it is that I also soak the fruit for a good 24/48 hours (depending on how dry they were) in English tea as well as the brandy. I also just use mixed fruit bought in the U.K. and add a few nuts. Mixing it up and baking this afternoon. Fingers crossed everyone!
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I use the recipe from my Delia Smith book.

Makes a really nice cake, the only difference when I make it is that I also soak the fruit for a good 24/48 hours (depending on how dry they were) in English tea as well as the brandy. I also just use mixed fruit bought in the U.K. and add a few nuts. Mixing it up and baking this afternoon. Fingers crossed everyone!
The Christmas one of her?? That one I have too
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The Christmas one of her?? That one I have too
That’s the one. It’s just gone in the oven so now I will go out so I am not tempted to take a peak.
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I'll start mine tomorrow, have everything but currants in stock at home. I'll let you know how it turns out. It is a long time since I wanted to make one, and sort of always forgot in the hubbub around Rexmas only to remember it about a week before the event. NOT this year
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Re: It's that time of year again!

Dadaaaaaa!
Smells wonderful, shame we have to wait until Xmas. Now just have to remember to feed it brandy from time to time.
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Dadaaaaaa!
Smells wonderful, shame we have to wait until Xmas. Now just have to remember to feed it brandy from time to time.
I am about to start too, well the fruits are soaking now.

Now a maybe stupid question, Delia mentions the 'feeding' too but no amount of how much brandy

So I presume, once a week 4-5tblsp of Brandy should be ok ? Or is this too little or too much??
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So I presume, once a week 4-5tblsp of Brandy should be ok ? Or is this too little or too much??
I think 1 Tblsp per week of Cognac is enough.
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I am about to start too, well the fruits are soaking now.

Now a maybe stupid question, Delia mentions the 'feeding' too but no amount of how much brandy

So I presume, once a week 4-5tblsp of Brandy should be ok ? Or is this too little or too much??
It is really up to you how often and how much. I feed once every 2 weeks and just one or two tablespoons. I really do not like it too boozy.

Good luck with the bake
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My first home made British Chrimbocake ever thanks for the timely reminder countrybumpkin

1 hour baking time already down, 3 more to go.... slowly but surely lovely smells start wafting around in the flat . Hope the result will be good!
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Re: It's that time of year again!

Don’t forget to keep opening your front door so the lovely smell can permeate through the whole building . Then try to explain why you are making a cake now that you have no intention of eating until Christmas, my neighbours love the smell but really do not understand the concept
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I think it turned out the way it should. No use of making neighbours jealous, I live on top floor if the appt. block We are all looking forward to try it, it will be one element on the dessert plate for my big X-Mas meal
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