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    • Penelope Penguin
    • By Penelope Penguin 11th Nov 11, 5:29 PM
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    Christmas Baking 2011
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    • 11th Nov 11, 5:29 PM
    Christmas Baking 2011 11th Nov 11 at 5:29 PM
    It's getting to that time

    DS 16yo is a very keen cook, so when he got home from college yesterday to find I'd been buying dried fruit, nuts and suet, he was so enthusiastic that we should get started, how could I resist

    Christmas puddings will be made on Stir Up Sunday, later in the month.

    I make my cake in December.

    Now is an ideal time to make the mincemeat I follow Delia's method of lightly cooking all the ingredients, and we all love that recipe. thriftlady and I have a friendly spat each year as she prefers to use lots of alcohol to preserve the fruit, and doesn't cook at all.

    I set DS to weighing out the dry ingredients. I'll add the chopped apple and other wet ingredients on Sunday and let the flavours develop overnight. I'll then cook it in a low Rayburn for a couple of hours.

    What are you making just now - links to recipes will be great

    Have you a question about what or how to bake for the Festive Season

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    • Bitsy Beans
    • By Bitsy Beans 11th Nov 11, 5:45 PM
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    I normally make a chocolate chip marzipan loaf this time of year. Well it's another way of using up leftover marzipan from the christmas cake

    My mum has mad her Christmas cake already but is feeding it booze on a regular basis LOL
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    • 11th Nov 11, 5:47 PM
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    • 11th Nov 11, 5:47 PM
    I'll be picking up the cake ingredients on Tuesday when I get some pennies! Will also make mince pies but have a jar of mince left from last year. They'll be done the weight watchers way with filo pastry though
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  • seraphina
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    • 11th Nov 11, 5:47 PM
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    • 11th Nov 11, 5:47 PM
    Excellent thread!
    Cake and puds all done, and this year's December baking will be pecan pies and assorted gingerbread biscuits. I've got snowflake biscuit cutters so can make really pretty shapes.

    I've also stocked up on the L*dl gingerbread hearts - they're good value for money and there's no way I could do as good a job with gingerbread!
    • oldtractor
    • By oldtractor 11th Nov 11, 6:06 PM
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    I made my mincemeat about a month ago, raw with alcohol,but not much,just a quarter pint cider. Hope it matures OK and doesn't go mouldy. I will bake the cake in December from a rich fruit cake recipe . I already have a pud, bought last year a 2 for1 offer but best before date Jan 2012 so should be OK -I hope. Will be baking mince pies and mincemeat and apple pies next week and freezing them just ready to heat up over the Xmas season. also game pies. Our xmas lasts from xmas eve to new year because of various family work commitments,so we give gifts on xmas eve,have a nice meal on xmas day,a cold cuts meal on Boxing day,then a normal week time sort of thing for a few days then start again on NYE, a salad and salmon and pie buffet and a pork roast on NYD, when all the family will be together. I find the "secret" is to have all presents bought and wrapped by mid Nov and most food bought eg I have a turkey crown in the freezer and venison and pheasant and rabbit already. ,then bake the last week of Nov and first week of Dec. Avoid all the last minuit rushing and excess spending. Spend time going for decent long walks and enjoying the fresh air and countryside instead. Makes things quite stress free and enjoyable. I also take the attitude if we havent got it then too bad! we'll do without or suubstitute,its real life,after all,not an American movie.
  • Aarons mummy
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    • 11th Nov 11, 6:14 PM
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    • 11th Nov 11, 6:14 PM
    I'm planning on doing shortbread with some chocolate dipped. Truffles (Childhood favourite!), brownies, cakes, biscuits and cookies. I don't do a christmas cake just a sponge with christmas decorations (I know I know but I just don't like it!). Nothing really to do early but I am excited that the little guy shall be able to help me this year.
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    • Linda32
    • By Linda32 11th Nov 11, 6:15 PM
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    I've got the fruit soaking for the Christmas Cake as we speak.

    I was going to buy "miniatures" as we don't have spirits, except sometimes at Christmas.

    However, the only "miniatures" I could find were in a gift box affair, three bottles for about £7.00 So I bought a qtr bottle of Captain Morgan (with Tesco vouchers of course) the OH likes Rum and Black - Tastes like cough mixture to me but he seems to like it. So it won't go to waste.

    I buy bought mince meat and Christmas pud. I won't make any mince pies though until Christmas. For one there isn't much room in the freezer as yet so I can't really freeze any. Another reason is I don't want to be fed up with them, so I tend to save them until the right time.
  • cleggie
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    • 11th Nov 11, 6:20 PM
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    • 11th Nov 11, 6:20 PM
    I hate Christmas cake, but will be making Mince Pies, biscuits etc.

    Aarons Mummy- would you share your truffle recipe pretty please as i'd likke to make some for the 1st time!
    • Need2bthrifty
    • By Need2bthrifty 11th Nov 11, 6:56 PM
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    • 11th Nov 11, 6:56 PM
    I've just made some mini Christmas Cakes (presents for single friends/pensioners) they are a perfect size for single people and those who like a "bit" of rich cake but dont want to buy/make a large cake (feeding and maturing them at present).

    Its a recipe from the "doyen" of baking - Mary Berry and uses small Baked Bean tins to bake them in.

    Also nearer the time I will also do some Shortbread rounds to go with the cakes - having found a carved wooden mould that belonged to my grandmother .

    Baking cupboard has also been stocked up to make sweets like peppermint creams, truffles and crispy fudge squares which have a rice crispie and toffee base with fudge poured over the top - ok, ok I know - dentists and nutritionists will hate it - but hey its once a year!!
    • tessie bear
    • By tessie bear 11th Nov 11, 7:38 PM
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    this is all great....old tractor that is very impressive organisation....i have the ingredients in for mince pies and x3 christmas cakes purchased in m and s.....i make something on stir up sunday because i love the tradition of it....i need to get off my backside and get organised....might buy a turkey crown next week for the freezer
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    • tessie bear
    • By tessie bear 11th Nov 11, 7:40 PM
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    ps pp i agree about jason winning strictly...id love to do some baking for him but i digress
    onwards and upwards
    • oldtractor
    • By oldtractor 11th Nov 11, 7:49 PM
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    tessie-bear for frozen suff,especially meats you need to make sure that there is enough room in the fridge to take the item for defrosting which can take several days,so I write on the calender when to take out what and put to thaw .
    • tessie bear
    • By tessie bear 11th Nov 11, 7:57 PM
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    yes thats a good idea with the defrosting....fridge is chocka at christmas...we used to have a glass fronted drinks frige that the overspill went into which was useful
    onwards and upwards
  • CH27
    I've just made some mini Christmas Cakes (presents for single friends/pensioners) they are a perfect size for single people and those who like a "bit" of rich cake but dont want to buy/make a large cake (feeding and maturing them at present).

    Its a recipe from the "doyen" of baking - Mary Berry and uses small Baked Bean tins to bake them in.

    Also nearer the time I will also do some Shortbread rounds to go with the cakes - having found a carved wooden mould that belonged to my grandmother .

    Baking cupboard has also been stocked up to make sweets like peppermint creams, truffles and crispy fudge squares which have a rice crispie and toffee base with fudge poured over the top - ok, ok I know - dentists and nutritionists will hate it - but hey its once a year!!
    Originally posted by Need2bthrifty
    Could I have your recipe please?
  • becs
    I've made 2 x Delia traditional cakes ( one for us and one for Father in Law) and are feeding them both with brandy! Also done 4lbs mincemeat from Bbc good food recipe and a bottle of sloe gin and a bottle of sloe vodka. Monday I shall be making some chutney and picalilli ( can't stand the stuff myself though!) and also doing some chocolate pudseys for my nephews for children in need on friday.i will also be doing some plumbrillo and chilli jam to go with the chutney and picalilli in hampers.
    • Lippycow
    • By Lippycow 11th Nov 11, 10:05 PM
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    These http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/anne-thornton/fudgy-salty-peanut-butter-brownies-recipe/index.html just because they look delish,saw her make them today:-)
    • VJsmum
    • By VJsmum 12th Nov 11, 9:08 AM
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    I was just wondering what to do today, so i can put christmas cake 1 fruit in to soak, make that tomorrow and put christmas cake 2 in to soak (dad's birthday cake) tomorrow and make on Monday.

    I would be very interested in marzipan and chocolate chip cake recipe!
    • liz-paul
    • By liz-paul 12th Nov 11, 2:55 PM
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    Sorry to butt in but was wondering if I can substitute some of my leftover veggie suet for the butter in my xmas cake? Suet is fat, butter is fat - but do they do the same job? I don't think I'm going to use the suet for anything else and I don't have enough butter to make my cake today so will it work if I use half suet and half butter (well, margerine!) or will it be a disaster?! Thanks x
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    • ALIBOBSY
    • By ALIBOBSY 12th Nov 11, 4:41 PM
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    I want to make a christmas cake but we don't like marzepan so will just put icing on. Just wondering if I can do a non alchocolic one though?

    If I do it without alchohol will it keep as long?

    Otherwise it will be mince pies/scones-various type/brownies and other tray bakes to go in the freezer. Lemon drizzle type, banana and crimbo spices are good, carrot cake style. I would freeze the topping/frosting/icing separately to add when defrosted or even just make fresh on the day but cake freezes well.

    Will do a baked cheesecake and pavlova christmas eve and chill/finish off on the day. Have done own mince meat in the past but found 2 jars of tesco finest in the cupboard (think they must have been on offer last year and still in date) so will use them, but may throw in some extra bits-chopped glace cherries, chopped chocolate, squeeze of lemon mmmmm. Something else I did last year was when the production line of mince pies was going on did some other mini pies again to freeze for later. Used up some fruit I got cheap from aldi so apple/plum etc and could do some savory I suppose.

    We have a lot of eggs from our chucks so thinking of doing some quiches for the freezer as well-uses the space in the oven, can be frozen in slices and make quick meals/lunches over the period.

    Also useful to bng some homemade pastry in the freezer especially things like puff which can be a bit of a faff to make-although I do use the ready made sometimes I can't face using shortcrust out of a packet, its so easy lol.

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    • Need2bthrifty
    • By Need2bthrifty 13th Nov 11, 12:09 PM
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    Could I have your recipe please?
    Originally posted by CH27
    Recipe for Mini Christmas Cakes. The quantity makes 3 x 8oz cakes. I used the small baked bean tins, greased and lined as per any other cake tin.

    2oz raisins
    2oz sultanas
    2oz currents
    1oz ready to eat dried apricots, chopped
    1½oz glace cherries, quartered
    ½ oz mixed candied peel, chopped
    2tsp brandy, rum or sherry
    Mix all the fruits in a large bowl with the liquor of your choice, cover with clingfilm and soak overnight.

    ½ oz blanched almonds, chopped
    Grated rind of ¼ lemon
    3oz plain flour
    ½ tsp mixed spice
    ½ oz ground almonds
    2oz dark muscovado sugar
    2oz soft margarine
    2tsp treacle
    1 egg
    Mix all of the above ingredients, beat thoroughly until the mixture is smooth.
    Add the soaked fruit and liquid, mix in thoroughly. Spoon into prepared tins, spread evenly and sprinkle surface with flaked almonds.

    Bake at 160c/325f/gas mark 3 for 1-1½ hrs. allow to cool in the tins. Pierce the top of cakes in several places with a skewer and spoon in a little brandy/rum/sherry. Remove cakes from the tin, double wrap in grease-proof paper and foil. Store, feed and ice as any other Christmas cake.

    Its nice and easy - just how I like my baking to be.
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