I've reached that age now, where I feel like I'm ready to make a grown up Christmas cake.
So I googled 'best Christmas cake' and Delia popped up, reassuring me that her recipe is fool proof. Well, we'll see about that!
I won't bore you with all the details of the recipe - because you can find it here - and Delia tells it so much better.
But here's a few pictures to give you the idea:
Soak the fruit in brandy for 12hours (or quite a bit more in my case!) Ooh it smelt sooo good.
a tiny bit of mixed spice and nutmeg and the kitchen was filled with the smell of Christmas (sigh)
adding the wonderful fruit - an exciting moment!
Finally the nuts, treacle orange and lemon. Time to make a wish everyone!
All wrapped up for the oven (as per Delia's instructions)
4.5 hours later...it's a bit on the thin side, but it smells lovely. When it's cold it's dosed with more lovely brandy and wrapped up well again.
In case you can't tell - I love Christmas.
Thank you for reading xxx