As you would know by now my grandmother, the doyen of Christmas, of course had a list of 'must have' Christmas food.
Preparation for Christmas started early.
The Christmas cake had to be baked well before Christmas as it had to 'mature'. My mother was the cake baker. Every Christmas she made eight Christmas cakes. Two for us, one for my grandparents on both sides, one for her sister, one for her grandmother & aunts, one for a neighbour, and I don't remember who had the last one. Perhaps it was a reserve in case we ran out of cake! The recipe was an adaptation of a 1948 Women's Weekly recipe.
|Soaking the fruit|
|Ready for baking|
|Adding more rum|
|The plastic Merry Christmas|
By the way I have Mum's recipe but haven't the energy to do all the preparation I'm afraid. Thanks to Google images for the photos - unfortunately I don't have pics of my mother's cakes.
Stay tuned for the Christmas pudding ...