Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Seeds of Love

I am really late baking my Christmas cake this year. Last year, I was so organized that I had it baked before the end of September, but this year I bought most of the ingredients weeks ago, but just didn't have time to do anything with them.

I like to make my cake in plenty of time to allow it time to mature. I believe that fruit cake just gets better with age, especially when helped along with liberal doses of brandy!

There is something very reassuring about the ritual of soaking the fruit the night before, then measuring out and mixing the other ingredients and the spices together. How can thoughts not turn to Christmas when the air is filled with the scent of nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves?

The long, slow baking of a fruit cake with the anticipation of the pleasure to come ~ it is like sowing seeds of love.


Tracy said...

Very yummy, Marie! I've been wanting to do a fruit cake for Christmas one year...I've not had a chance to get started on one this year though and as we'll be away for Christmas holidays, perhaps I'll try on next year--LOL! Yours looks wonderful...Can almost taste the heady goodness...mmm...Happy weekend ahead, my friend--hope you are feeling better too! ((BIG HUGS))

Vintage Amethyst said...

Oh Marie that looks absolutely delicious!
I do love Christmas cake dont you. I'm not making one this year as my sister is making one for me, she is a huge cook and is making one for my mum and asked if I wanted one doing too whilst she was doing a couple as it was no extra fuss, so I'm definitely looking forward to receiving it.
Yours looks amazing, I could just have a slice now!

Heidi said...

Good that you got your Christmas cake baked now and I am sure it will be very tasty come the holidays. Scents really can conjour so many images for us. I could also almost smell these scents as I read about your cake baking. Do you do any other preparations far ahead of the holidays?

Hugs ~

Wild Rose said...

Heidi ~ I do have plans to do various projects before Christmas, but as I am pressed for time, I'm not sure how much I will achieve.

Alison ~ I have to admit a weakness for Christmas cake. We were grocery shopping today and the supermarket was being stocked for the season. I discovered mince pies (imported from Scotland) and had to try some ~ they are delicious!

Tracy ~ one of these days we are going to sit down and enjoy a cup of tea and slice of cake together!

Marie x

Priscilla said...

Hi, I wanted to say thank you for your lovely comment about my cake....and came her to find your fruit cake! How wonderful...I can smell the spices and warm christmas scents just by your discription! Its ineresting the way you have lined your cake, I think ill try it like that as mine bake more at the back! Looking forward to christmas now....

Priscilla x

Tea Time and Roses said...

Hello Marie!

There is almost nothing like fruit cake at Christmas! I look so forward to a wonderful slice or two and maybe even three! :o) It is a beautiful tradition for so many families, but I have yet to bake one myself and yours looks absolutely delicious!



Wild Rose said...

Priscilla ~ in my experience, you need to double line the tin with greaseproof paper and tie brown paper or newspaper around the outside to protect the sides from burning due to the long baking time. If the cake isn't well protected the edges will burn before the middle is cooked.

Beverly ~ I agree, there is nothing quite like a slice of fruit cake at Christmas.

Marie x

Primrose Corner said...

Oh, that looks lovely. the only cake I really enjoy is christmas cake. I wasn't on making mine for another week. Husband prefers me to make it after his birthday but the end of November is just too late. Puddings are next on my list.....

tea and cake said...

I, too, can smell the scents of Christmas with your description of the cake, yum. A friend is making mine for me this year as well, but I may just make another anyway, as we love to eat it!
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