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tazzy - 28/09/2016 11:52:48
   
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ok ladies (and gents if any?).. I was wondering When do you start Making your Xmas cake? Ive been Gathering the ingredients for mine Over the last few weeks now :oops: :oops: So as to spread the costings... I even bought a Handfull of The Boards they sit on After decoration in a big Sale :oops: :oops: .. I will admit mine is More of a light Fruit cake Than a "Heavy" fruit Cake Thats Favoured more for a Xmas cake... but thats down to Personnel mouth Pallets.... ;) ;) I do however Make One to "taste" Then the Real thing :lol: :lol: :lol: I also Bake several more For family :roll: :roll: Ive even been told off for being too poorly one year to make any :o :o I even baked my very 1st "Dundee Cake" last year....And I enjoyed It better than the Christmas Cake.. :hug: :hug: :hug: so I will be attempting another one for this year... I dont however Bake any Mince Pies No more As They are Cheaper To buy nowdays than to actually bake them..
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Sue Yorkshire - 28/09/2016 17:59:36
   
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I used to make a Christmas cake but I ended up eating myself as no one is that keen on it so I don't bother now And I buy my mince pies as they ended up in the bin My lot prefer savoury stuff Xxx

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Mary E - 28/09/2016 18:21:42
   
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I don't make Christmas cake as we never eat it if I do , I usually make a gooey chocolate cake for Christmas I also make my own mince pies with a recipe given to me 60 years ago by a cook from a big house you can make them in November and they are still really nice in January and they keep without freezing . I do however make my own Christmas puddings I make three every year one for us one for my friends Husband (as no one except him likes Christmas pudding in their house) , and one to save to Easter when we have it on Easter Sunday . this is a family thing .Aren't families amazing how they have traditions all their own Mary x
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ceej2 - 28/09/2016 19:13:38
   
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I haven't made a Christmas cake since circa 1983... and the last Xmas pud I made was probably around 1974...but I do make mince pies occasionally...mainly because I have yet to find any bought ones that taste really nice. I do make a trifle and I will make a yule log if we are having company over Xmas. I am however happy to taste samples of any cakes or puds being made or accept any excess cake in the mail :lol: :lol: :lol:
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dicards - 28/09/2016 20:07:16
   
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I don't make Christmas cake either as my family are not keen on the heavy fruit cake. I make a Porter cake (similar to Dundee cake) I gave up on the Christmas puddings as, again, most of the family find it too heavy. I now just buy a small one for Christmas Day for Brian, Mum and I. Neither do I make mince pies, I used to make my own including making the mincemeat in September :o now I just buy a few. I do make sausage rolls as we all prefer savoury things.
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adriennebem - 28/09/2016 20:29:29
   
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Christmas is the main time that I bake,used to do every week but now with just myself and Jack(who is diabetic)we would be too tempted to eat too much lovely baking. Since living with mother who did all home baking,never have bought cakes and pastries and do not think they are the "real"thing.I have baked all my life and find it very hard not to make Christmas cake,Chocolate log,Mince pies with homemade mincemeat.I will confess to buying Christmas pudding,I never eat that anyway and very few of family like it. My Christmas cake is rich fruit recipe used for last 50 years but does not contain any alcohol,it is completely covered with almond paste and royal icing,(no "roll out stuff"used,tastes so artificial!)No shop bought mince pies taste good so insist on making.Jack asks why I still bother baking Christmas as we have a very small family now and they only visit for one day,but to me Christmas would not be Christmas if I did not do it.The cake will be made at beginning of October,mincemeat made December and then pies and chocolate log during the week before Christmas when the cake will also be iced. I love to bake almost as much as crafting.One more thing I do is make a Simnel cake at Easter.Easter would not be the same without that. Adrienne

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chris-ee - 28/09/2016 21:14:22
   
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I love christmas cake and shall be making mine soon. I use the same recipe every year from a little sunday times cook book I've had for more than 30 years. I used to make one for my mum too but as she is on her own and I need to eat less I now just make one square cake and she gets a third and we get the rest. I love making the christmas cake particularly the smell from the kitchen. I don't like mince pies so I don't make any just buy some in case any visitors want one.

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Nannybroomsticks - 28/09/2016 22:33:09
   
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Over the last few years Colin has taken over the baking side of things from me. He will make a Christmas cake which lasts forever. I love fruit cake and quite fancy a Dundee cake very soon. We freeze some to enjoy in the summer. He makes his own mincemeat from a Delia Smith recipe, which is delicious and lasts all year. Mince pies are a family favourite and enjoyed throughout the year. The cake and mincemeat will all be started very soon I think. He has the fruit all ready. We use diced apricots rather than orange peel. Christmas pudding we always buy because We find the boiling for hours too much of a faff.
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MrsN - 29/09/2016 07:39:20
   
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My MIL used to make our Christmas cake every year. She was teetotal but always bought quarter bottles for the cakes she made. When she passed away I found her Christmas cake recipe hand written inside her bero book. It was the one her mum got from her aunt who was a Vicars wife. I now buy ours from the kelham island Victorian Christmas fayre as there is a lady there who makes the most moist and delicious Christmas cakes. She puts port and cherry brandy in them along with the usual so it's really boozy too. :lol: :lol: The only thing I make at Christmas is chocolate muffins with Nutella in the middle, my lot love them. Great thread Annette, very interesting reading.
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Dingledel - 29/09/2016 07:56:39
   
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We only started making Christmas Cake a few years ago. I wanted to make it more of a family tradition rather than just baking a cake, if you know what I mean. It's only really hubby and myself that eat it though, the children don't like it, my mum doesn't like fruit cake and my dad is diabetic. (Normally my mum eats the brandy infused icing and my dad eats the fruit cake between them. I used Delia's recipe but I am never that organised. I try to make it around Half Term, near the end of October. xxx
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