Christmas cake

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Re: Christmas cake

Postby Hollyb_Recipes » 08 Dec 2010, 22:49

It's not too late! This recipe is fine to use right up until pretty much last minute. I like it as it's not too boozy and pretty hard to bugger up. (Which I am prone to doing with fruit cakes for some reason.)

http://recipesfromanormalmum.blogspot.c ... -cake.html

Having said that, I do love a bit of Delia at this time of year. She's just so trustworthy...
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Re: Christmas cake

Postby TPM » 15 Oct 2011, 09:44

Just thought I'd resurrect this thread as had to search for it to find the port cake recipe i put on here last year, as I seem to have lost it. Never did report back but it was bloomin' lovely and so moist and didn't taste at all burnt :oops:

Just been through my cupboards to see what ingredients I will be needing to stock up on and sniffed the the mixed spice and feel all Christmassy! Yay!
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Re: Christmas cake

Postby wannia » 24 Oct 2011, 09:30

Hi..........
Awesome sharing dear.I love Christmas cake,but i have no recipe how i made cake.Now after your sharing recipe i must try at home today then i share my family comment in this forum.
Hope i stay and learn more in this forum.
Thanks.Nice to meet you everyone. :)
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Re: Christmas cake

Postby Sandytoes » 26 Oct 2011, 11:46

Gosh, hadn't even thought of Christmas cake yet! I've never made one because we've always been with family for Christmas so I've left it to the experts. This year we're here. That would mean I need a recipe for a Christmas cake that's dairy- and alcohol-free. Now I ask you, is it really worth it?
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Re: Christmas cake

Postby wacky12 » 26 Oct 2011, 12:12

i bought a pack last year from waitrose with delia;s recipe....... all ready to use, just soak fruit then throw everything together. turned out ok.
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Re: Christmas cake

Postby blackberrycrimble » 26 Oct 2011, 13:04

Am I the only one with an irrational hatred of delia? I will not let any recipe of hers in the house.

I have a traditional rich fruit cake recipe that I'm going to use and feed this year, might modify in future.
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Re: Christmas cake

Postby Woodsies » 26 Oct 2011, 15:07

bananacustard wrote:Am I the only one with an irrational hatred of delia? I will not let any recipe of hers in the house.



Why such vitriol towards the Delia????

I really like her. :oops:
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Re: Christmas cake

Postby blackberrycrimble » 26 Oct 2011, 16:42

Woodsies wrote:Why such vitriol towards the Delia????

I really like her. :oops:


Oh no need for the :oops: , I know I am in the minority!

As I said, I know it is fairly irrational, but given that you asked...There are a few reasons.

Firstly, I think she just rubs up my dislike of market dominance - she is the queen of cookery and no-one else much gets a look-in - as evidenced by this thread!

Secondly, I've got the impression that she is a bit of a limelight-seeker - that the celebrity almost comes before the cooking - any opportunity for a new book etc - swings from 'how to boil an egg you must do everything properly' to 'how to cheat at cooking'. And makes an awful lot of money out of people's insecurities. In this respect she reminds me of two others - a tv quack nutritionist who looks at poo, and a puree-ing enthusiast who recently published a book on finger foods :mona :wink:

Lastly, linked a bit, I think people use her as a crutch. My mum and MIL are both in awe of her and will not hear of her being wrong! Certainly her stuff from the 70s is quite 'proper' and I think it stops people feeling able to just experiment with cooking - e.g. the how to boil an egg thing. I mean really.

I know we are in for an argument about it over Christmas as MIL does a Delia Christmas and they are coming to us and we will not be doing that!

Anyway, I'm sure she is lovely. Cough.
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Re: Christmas cake

Postby Morlyte » 26 Oct 2011, 17:53

bananacustard wrote:Am I the only one with an irrational hatred of delia? I will not let any recipe of hers in the house.

I have a traditional rich fruit cake recipe that I'm going to use and feed this year, might modify in future.



Nope, she's not allowed in our house either because she's a Norwich supporter (and part owner!) lmao! Although, I have made her Christmas Cake recipe before but shhh.

I stick with Levi Roots nowadays, it's much nicer recipe, plus I dontt have to read all the added crap that comes with a Delia recipe, the woman does like a long-winded recipe!
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Re: Christmas cake

Postby wacky12 » 26 Oct 2011, 17:56

can yo post the levi roots recipe? My DH loves fruitcake.. and i've only ever made him 1.
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Re: Christmas cake

Postby Morlyte » 26 Oct 2011, 17:59

I'll find it and pm it to you.
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Re: Christmas cake

Postby Louisianablue2000 » 26 Oct 2011, 18:25

I agree with morlyte, her recipes are overcomplicated. I suspect she might be the reason I only look at ingredient lists and make it up from there.
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Re: Christmas cake

Postby Rahgamuffin » 26 Oct 2011, 18:33

Nope, not a fan! I use a recipe that my great grandmother cut out of an old Family Circle magazine - my mum still has the clipping, I have it typed up on the computer ;)
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Re: Christmas cake

Postby blackberrycrimble » 26 Oct 2011, 20:06

Glad it isn't just me!
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Re: Christmas cake

Postby Sandytoes » 27 Oct 2011, 10:37

Intrigued by the Levi Roots recipe - is it this one?

http://www.greatfood.ie/item_display.asp?cde=2&id=1452

I'm not sure where I'd come by half a pint of rum, though.
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