I have taken up the task with my own special vigour!
Yes, dear fur-friends, are you practicing your 'chilling'?!?
(and I don't mean the cold kind!)
Hope you like it!
Christmas on my childhood's farm meant "family" and "togetherness". The baking of our traditional Christmas cake was part of the season's task but it took many days to achieve. We lived a simple life and since money was tight, we were frugal with catering for our needs. My dad had also contributed by constructing a specially designed baking-box for our Christmas cake.
Later in my life I got married and carried the tradition into our new household. At first it was only the two of us. This meant really hard work since the recipe had plently of ingredients and without a large electric mixer, became quite a physical challenge. Nevertheless, the "togetherness" of the event was affirmed as a viable tradition.
As the years went by and friends were drawn into our household, the "Christmas Cake" occasion remained a highlight. Indeed when our daughters now bring any potential suitors into our household, they are encouraged to "Undergo the Christmas Cake Test!".
I place high value on the "home" in our lives and my own life's mission has been to follow and encourage this cause. The Christmas Cake has become symbolic of this value to me and it echo's the importance of preserving the sanctity of our homes.
May I encourage you too to try this Christmas Cake occasion in your own home? Maybe it could also become a symbol of your togetherness and value of your loved ones.
Here is the recipe:
MOM'S CHRISTMAS CAKE
4 CUPS FLOUR
2 CUPS SUGAR
1 LB BUTTER
10 EGGS (SEPERATED)
1 TSP BICARBONATE OF SODA
1/2 TEASPOON EACH OF CINNAMON, NUTMEG, GINGER AND SALT
1/4 TEASPOON CLOVES
1 LB CURRANTS
1/2 LB DRIED PEEL
1 LB SULTANAS
1 LB RAISINS
1/2 LB CHERRIES
1/2 LB FLAKED ALMONDS
1/2 CUP BRANDY
1 TSP COCOA
Cream the butter and sugar well. Add the yolks one at a time, beating well all the time. Add flour gradually. Mix bicarb with a little milk and add this to all the spices, fruit, brandy and well beaten egg whites.
Line cake tin with foil and greased paper.
Bake about 3 hours (160-180C)
Enjoy the time together!!!
To all my furry friends and their humans:
Hey thanks Mom...sounds delicious...but I want to play ball now!!!
Have a happy, family filled weekend!!!
MAXDOG IN SOUTH AFRICA