Thursday, 12 November 2015

Christmas Cake

Christmas Cake Recipe

Hello, hello! and yes it's that time of year again - Christmas is just around the corner!

Here's a recipe I use every year to make my christmas cake - it's a firm family favourite.  

You will need:-

125g/4oz raisins
125g/4oz glace cherries (chopped)
125g/4oz mixed peel
450g/1lb currants
125g/4oz sultanas
Put these in a bowl and stir in a good slug of brandy and leave overnight so the fruit soaks up the booze.

4 eggs (beaten)
225g/8oz butter
225g/8oz soft brown sugar
225g/8oz plain white flour
1 teaspoon mixed spice
125g/4oz ground almonds

Cream butter and sugar in a large bowl. Sift flour and mixed spice into a separate bowl and add soaked fruit and ground almonds. Mix well together.
Add spoonfuls of egg then flour mixture to bowl of creamed ingredients. Mix each addition thoroughly.

Put the mixture in a round 8 inch or square 7 inch loose bottomed tin that you've already lined with greaseproof paper.

Bake cake for 3 to 4 hours at 150C /300F /Gas Mark 2. 
If you double line the sides this will stop the cake from burning around the edges. Cake will be cooked when a skewer comes out clean.

When the cake has completely cooled you can store it in a tin for up to a year. To keep it moist I feed it brandy once a week. I usually make it about 6 weeks before Christmas and then when I have one of those lovely quiet days at home feeling all Christmassy, I put on some Christmas music, and marzipan, ice, and decorate it ready to eat on Christmas Eve.

Naturally, it tastes even better with a cocktail or two!

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Friday, 17 July 2015

Hubby's Favourite Biscuits

Biscuit Recipe

Hello everyone - here is the biscuit recipe as promised on Instagram earlier today. 

This is one of my family's favourite - make these biscuits and they will love you forever!  The recipe is super easy and you don't need to worry about expensive ingredients.  I happily use supermarket value range for all the ingredients - the trick is to MAKE SURE YOU USE BUTTER.  Margarine is no good for this recipe, the biscuits will just taste greasy.  As long as you use butter you can use cheap ingredients for the rest of it.

8oz/225g sugar
4oz/125g golden syrup
4oz/125g butter
12oz/325g self-raising flour
2 teaspoons ginger (optional)
1 level teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 beaten egg

Put the sugar, syrup and butter in a large pan and melt over a very low heat. I have a regular ceramic hob oven and usually put the hob on 2.  The heat needs to be low otherwise you'll burn the sugar.

While that's melting, in a large bowl put the flour, bicarb of soda and ginger.  You can leave out the ginger if you want - my family prefer it with ginger.

When the pan ingredients have melted thoroughly add them to the bowl of dry ingredients along with the beaten egg.  Mix it thoroughly and you will get a soft dough.

Put small teaspoons of the mixture onto baking trays (using baking parchment) and make sure you space them out well because as the biscuits cook they will spread out so you needn't be fussy about shaping the mixture into balls.

Put in the oven on 190C/375F for 10 minutes.


You want them cooked but not overcooked because as they cool down they will start to harden. You want to be able to bite into them and have a slightly soft chewy middle.  Obviously if you like hard biscuits cook them well, but my family like them with that chewy floppy texture - the best being straight from the oven while they are still warm!

Don't forget that as your oven is on for a while the cooking time will slightly decrease due to the accumulated heat.

Getting the biscuits out at the 'right' time is a bit of a knack but after you've made them a couple of times you will get to know when they're ready.

Another tip is that they are eaten so quickly I actually times the recipe by 3 so I have a fighting chance of some still being in the tin 2 days later!

I hope you enjoy making and tasting this super easy recipe. Feel free to leave comments and follow my blog.

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Have a great weekend,  Sadie xx

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Hello Nostalgianeers!

Hello and Happy New Year!

welcome, welcome friends, nostalgianeers and fellow facebookers

another year is upon us and its already February!!

i don't know about you but the number 2015 sounds like something out of star trek!

normally i don't think of a particular new years resolution but this year i wanted to make it the last year i spent continually sorting out and dejunking our home of items we no longer need or want.  i wanted to stop wasting precious time and money on repetitive, life-sapping activities and make time for more important things like having fun with my family and friends and living a more stress-free lifestyle.

two things have inspired me to strive for a more fulfilling life:-

first of all i recently became a member of Pretty Nostalgic Pioneers whose ethos is to live a vintage-style life baking, making, sewing and living a more sustainable lifestyle.

You can read more about them on their facebook page - just click on their name above.  I've subscribed to their Pretty Nostalgic Magazine since it started and i wanted to try and incorporate the Pretty Nostalgic Ethos into my life. I've always been sewing, baking, decorating, making art and home-making my whole married life and now that my kids are grown-up I've got more time to live the type of life I've always aspired to.

the other thing that inspired me was a book called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo which has been really helpful.  I've been methodically going through the whole house using the suggestions in the book and slowly but surely our home is feeling lighter, brighter and more relaxing to live in. Check out her folding technique on You Tube.

 it uses up less space, you can see instantly what you have and the clothes are less creased than if you folded them in the usual way.  if my clothes can look this tidy just imagine what I could do to the rest of the house!

the added benefit of a good sort out is you come across items that you forgot you had and in the long term you save money because a lot of the time you can recycle what you've already got and don't have to go and buy yet another item that just clutters up your home.

my dog monty certainly looks more relaxed in our more spacious and tidy home

I hope you get chance to check out Pretty Nostalgic - I think you would find it interesting and I know that all us 'nostalgianeers' enjoyed our meet-ups at the weekend. It was great fun to meet other people with similar interests and hobbies.

I'm going to be busy making pressies for upcoming birthdays so I hope you have a great 'crafting' week ahead xx

Sadie aka Collage-Gypsy