A big a part of our Christmas celebrations is eating some delicious food – a touch an excessive amount of of it most of the time! It’s the time of year for a touch indulgence though, and zip is more indulgent than a slice of Christmas cake . Whether you enjoy yours with a cup of tea or as a dessert after your Christmas lunch, there’s no denying that everyone’s a fan of some. If you’re making your own, then, where do you have to start? Well, our round-up of the simplest recipes out there should inspire you.
No one does Christmas quite like Delia Smith – and her recipe for a standard Christmas cake is one among the simplest out there. a mixture of her grandmother’s, her mothers and her own recipe, her Christmas cake touches on what the festive season is basically about – family. Featuring many fruit, citrus flavours and a healthy little bit of brandy, it’s a true classic. Make it now in order that you’ll ‘feed’ it right up until the large day!
This recipe from the queen of baking Mary Berry is all about tradition. very similar to Delia’s recipe, it features fruit like raisins, sultanas, currants and glacé cherries to stay the cake beautifully moist. In true Bake Off style though, Mary’s recipe features a shocking final touch – some snow-white royal icing. For this you’ll need eggs, juice , powdered sugar and glycerine, plus a touch little bit of patience when it involves applying it to the cake!
Christmas cakes are traditionally prepared quite while before the large day. If you’ve hardly got a moment to spare though, don’t worry! This cake recipe of Paul Hollywood’s are often made a few of days before Christmas and still taste incredible. It’s a rather more fruity twist on the classic recipe too – with apricots, prunes, pineapples and candied peel joining the standard suspects. Paul decorates his with marzipan and royal icing, but if you don’t have the time, it tastes even as good without.
Getting Better at Baking
Making a Christmas cake may be a hugely enjoyable process for anyone, whether or not they are a beginner or a seasoned baker. If you’re a touch unsure or have just caught the baking bug, then how about expanding your knowledge a little? A baking course may be a good way to try to to this. Not only will you’ve got the prospect to select up new recipes and skills, but you’ll even be ready to meet fellow home bakers and make some friends.
What will you Create within the Kitchen?
Like we said, Christmas is all about tucking into some delicious food. There’s nothing more satisfying than serving up something that you simply have made yourself on Christmas – and you’ll feel incredible when everyone says how delicious your cake is. Who knows, this Christmas might be the beginning of a romance with baking! If you opt to expand your skill set further by happening a baking course, there’s no limit on how good you’ll be by this point next year. Before you recognize it, everyone are going to be coming round to sample a slice of your latest creation!
Eloise Durrant loves baking and teaching. She founded The Gourmet Cupcake Company, through which she runs baking and decorating courses in Essex. She also makes cakes to order!