Nov 22, 2019

Christmas Prep

Kath shares her insider tips on how to prepare for Christmas. From gift wrap to decorating to your very own homemade Christmas cake, Kath shares it all. For this season, Kath focuses on less is more. Invest in fairy lights which can help create the most amazing atmosphere and festive feel to your home. Pop by your favourite garden store and purchase a festive Poinsettia, these really add some colour. It can also double up as the focal floral feature for your Christmas table. If you’re worrying about a Christmas tree, Kath suggests purchasing a Conifer as your Christmas Tree. After Christmas is over you can pot it and place in your garden until the following year. Minimise the stress of wrapping and go simple and minimalistic. Good old brown paper accented with colourful ribbon is always a winner.

 C H R I S T M A S  C A K E

INGREDIENTS
  • 500g Butter
  • 500g Brown Sugar
  • 500g Cake Flour (sift)
  • 9 Large Eggs
  • 1kg Currants
  • 500g Sultanas
  • 250g Raisins
  • 125g Cherries
  • 250g Almonds or Walnuts
  • 100ml Brandy
How beautiful does Mary Berry’s Christmas cake look?
METHOD

Pour 100ml brandy over your fruit and leave to soak. Cream your butter and sugar until well combined. Add eggs one at a time, mixing in a little sifted flour after each egg. Fold in the rest of the ingredients into the egg and butter mixture. Line your tin (approximately 30cm round tin) with baking paper and spray with spray & cook. Pour mixture into tin and bake at 160’C for approximately 4 hours. Test your cake by placing a steel skewer into the middle of the cake, if it comes out clean, it is cooked. Once cake has cooled slightly pour 100ml of brandy over the cake. This can be repeated weekly building up to Christmas, 100ml each time.

Decorate your gorgeous Christmas cake by placing a medium sized ribbon around the cake and brush with melted apricot jam to give it some shine. Delicately decorate the top of your cake with glace fruit and nuts and brush with your melted apricot jam mixture for added shine! Enjoy!

Katherine Ballantyne

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