Showing posts from March, 2014

Stollen wreath cake

Well, there's no getting around it with this one - it's a Christmas bake. It looks like Christmas and it tastes like Christmas. I apologise but I cannot break my posting order!

At Christmas I was determined to make an actual Christmas cake - it's been something I've wanted to do ever since I started baking, but since I hate fruit cake and also I'm not the best at cake decoration, I'd managed to get out of it every year. This year though it was happening! And it sort of did, but as you can see, I still got away without actually having to cover a cake properly with marzipan etc. Ha! In your face, erm, me!

I'd had a few recipes bookmarked but in the end decided on a stollen wreath cake I'd seen in Good Food magazine - and available online here. Although the list of ingredients seemed mega long, it was actually pretty straight-forward to make, although I think I over did it slightly - the cake was still pretty moist, but was very crumbly. All the tasters g…

Candied citrus peel

You'll have to bear with me for the next couple of posts as I catch up on my Christmas baking! To be fair, this candied citrus peel will do at any time of the year... I just happened to make it at Christmas.

In my defence, to me it's more of a 'holidays' recipe than a Christmas one - the past couple of years we've been to Nice and candied fruit is in abundance there. I'm not so much of a fan but Mike loves it, so I decided to make some at Christmas as I thought it would be nice to have in a jar in the lounge for snacking on. For some reason I get it in my head that there must be bowls of things lying around the house at Christmas to be snacked on and and I always have to talk myself out of getting nuts every year - when I was little there would always be, every year without fail, a bowl of nuts (plus a nutcracker) sitting in the lounge all throughout Christmas and I'm fairly sure that every year they were never touched.

Anyway, I digress - this is a reall…