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25th November 2011

Christmas Cake recipe

I made 3 fruit cakes on Sunday; one was a birthday cake for Granddad and the other 2 were Christmas cakes for Aiden’s scouts Christmas fair and the girl’s school Christmas fair.
I found this Quick and Easy Fruit Cake recipe and it’s the one that people seem to like the most out of the few recipes I’ve tried so we’re sticking with this one from now on 🙂

Ingredients

120g/4oz Margarine
170g/6oz Sugar
340g/14oz Dried Fruit – I buy the mixed fruit bags as it works out cheaper. We also add a full tub of cherries because Ant likes whole cherries and lots of them in a fruit cake!
225ml/8floz Water
1 teaspoon Bicarbonate of Soda
1 half teaspoon Mixed Spice
2 Beaten Eggs
120g/4oz Plain Flour
120g/4oz Self Raising Flour
Pinch of Salt

You will need a 7″/18ch square cake tin or a 8″/20cm round cake tin. The ones with the removable bottoms are easiest.
Coat the inside of the tin with margarine then line with 2 layers of greaseproof paper.

 

Pre-heat the oven to 350°F/180°C/Gas Mark 4

Ok, if all your prep work is done, we’ll make a start 🙂

Put the margarine, sugar, fruit, water, bicarb and mixed spice in a saucepan and heat gently. Bring to the boil then simmer for one minute.

Pour the batter into a mixing bowl and allow to cool. Make sure it’s cool before you add the eggs….we don’t want them cooking in the batter.
Once you’ve mixed the eggs into the batter, add the flour and salt and mix well.

Pour into your tin and cover the top of the cake with another piece of greaseproof paper. This helps stop the top from burning.

Cook in the middle of the oven for about an hour and a quarter. Check it’s cooked through by inserting a skewer into the middle of the cake. If it comes out clean, your cake is ready.

Allow to cool on a wire rack before covering with marzipan and icing.

I’ve used a Christmas cake frill from the supplies my Nan-nan gave me when she gave up cake making. I’ve recently seen them on sale in either Tesco or Asda, or perhaps both (I’ve been doing lots of browsing on both stores what with Christmas coming up and I’m starting to get confused as to which shop has the items I need!) and the price is quite good.

I bought the centre decoration from Asda. It came with ribbon but I wanted an old-fashioned frill! These kind of frills were always on Christmas cakes when I was younger 🙂
If you need some decorating inspiration, I have a couple of ideas on my Christmas Pinterest board.

I’m linking my post up to Festive Friday over at Thinly Spread.

6th Weigh in

For the full story about my weight loss journey, please read….Okay, so it’s not a tumor.

Another week, another 2lb loss 🙂
This brings my total loss to 15lb. I’ve lost my first stone 🙂

I’m really happy this morning and still confident that this is a life style change and not a diet.
If there’s one thing I’m not happy about, it’s not being able to get in as much exercise I did the last time I tried to lose weight.
I walked the girls to school every morning and picked them up in the afternoon. On my way home from dropping them off in the morning, I’d time myself and try to get home faster and faster every day to improve on the previous time.

I keep wondering how much faster this weight would come off if I could do that again but the hernia makes me worried about walking so far and my heel is still very painful. I don’t want to make that worse because I don’t think I could stand it hurting more. I have to stop myself from crying sometimes when it gets really bad.
I’m hoping that as the weight comes off, I’ll be able to get more active. I need to speak to my doctor about the kind of exercises I can do safely that won’t put my hernia at risk.

My weight last week 28 stone, 8lb (400lb)
My weight this week is 28 stone, 6lb (398lb)

My loss this week is 2lb :o)

Total loss is 1 stone 1lb

 

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