Christmas baking for 2018


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Hi i always start my christmas cake now. Does anybody else do.
I've had this tin since i was 11years old,when i started cooking at school.

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I' lined it 6 times with greeseproof paper brushing it with melted marg every time.
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Then wrapped a lot of news paper around to stop the sides from browning too much
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I always make it higher than the tin.
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Here it is baked,it took 6 hours to bake
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Cor, that's one good looking cake (y)

I enjoy fruitcake but Ian's not a massive fan, so I tend to do a lighter one. I'll do it a month or so before Christmas so I can feed it, but never too far in advance I'm afraid.

Do you feed yours through the year or just let it mature?
 
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I don't start my Christmas baking yet, but I do have a list of ingredients I need. I carry the list with me each time I shop, and if something is on sale I get it and stash it. Just after Christmas I get two large bags of cranberries on sale and freeze them--cranberry nut bread. When pecans are plentiful in October, I get them in the shell from a local orchard and spend a few evenings picking them out.
I guess the fun of Christmas baking is a year 'round pleasure (rather like Logan's cake!).
 
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I am one of the few who actually love fruit cake. Unfortunately baking isn't one of my talents so I rely on a local bakery for my cake. It sure doesn't look as good as yours Logan.
 
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On the subject of Christmas baking... I have a family member who bakes her Christmas puddings over a year in advance, but they are never very good unfortunately. She cooks them for a very long time, and they are black. One Christmas, when my brother and I were kids, she came for Christmas and brought a pudding... My brother was the first to take a bite, and in the way that only a child can, he proceeded to wince and shudder because it was so bitter! Still makes me chuckle to think about it :LOL:
 
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Christmas?! Corr! You've got to be serious! I haven't shifted the "handles" acquired during Christmas!:eek::eek::ROFLMAO:
 

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Thanks @marlingardener that cranberry nut bread sounds great. Hubby doesn't eat a lot of nuts any more, he's teeth are not very good. But he can manage chopped mixed nuts that i put in the cake.:)

Thanks @Silentrunning shop bought cakes are very good, I just like making my own and the puddings,but they are expensive.:)

Yes @alp i start christmas now.:)
 
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Those mince pies look great @Logan! I actually made my Christmas cake in advance this year so that we could start enjoying it in December. I baked it in September, and fed it with whisky and Cointreau. It's yummy :D
 
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I have my Christmas cakes all baked , fed with brandy and packaged.

I made my rum balls a few weeks ago. Just finished baking the ginger bread men, meringues, ice box cookies, maraschino cookies, spritz, shortbread, snickerdoodles, mince tarts. I use nonsuch mince fromthe U. S. And all of my recipes are doubled. Got the white chocolate fudge, and the regular fudge cooked and packaged. Cooked and canned my cranberry sace and the hot version, gobblers revenge.

My feet are sore now. Taking the rest of the day off and enjoying a red wine spritzer or two...

Tomorrow I start dividing everything up into trays for my friends and family.
 
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