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Christmas cake help please

Discussion in 'Cookery' started by cosmosinfrance, Oct 12, 2015.

  1. cosmosinfrance

    cosmosinfrance Star commenter

    For the past two years I have abandoned the traditional Christmas cake in favour of the boiled method. I had a fabulous recipe from Good Housekeeping for an amaretto flavoured cake but cannot find the recipe anywhere! I had it written down but it's vanished. Nor can I find it on tinternet, not even using endless variations of boiled, Christmas cake, amaretto etc.....

    So, does anyone, by any chance, have this recipe or, if your computer skills are better than mine, can you find it?

    I'm back in UK for a few days next week and need to stock up on the ingredients I can't find here so it would be good to have it before I go!

    Many thanks x
  2. egyptgirl

    egyptgirl Senior commenter

  3. cosmosinfrance

    cosmosinfrance Star commenter

    That's it!!!! How did you do that?
    Many thanks EG - I'm going to write it out again and this time NOT put it in a safe place! x
  4. sparklepig2002

    sparklepig2002 Star commenter

    Ooooooooh-I hear the word "amaretto". What a lovely recipe.
  5. cosmosinfrance

    cosmosinfrance Star commenter

    It is a gorgeous cake sparkle - thoroughly recommend it. I'm going to be making five cakes this year,one for each of my French neighbours though what they'll make of it I've no idea!
  6. felltogroundinberkeleysquare

    felltogroundinberkeleysquare Established commenter

    Oh that sounds yummy, and presumably if you make it in advance, you can even "feed" it some more amaretto in the intervening time. And then fall asleep before whomever.
  7. lapinrose

    lapinrose Star commenter

    I stick to my GH recipe, successful for a long, long time.
  8. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    Think I'll use this one now.
  9. cosmosinfrance

    cosmosinfrance Star commenter

    I used Delia's recipe for nigh on thirty years for Christmas and wedding cakes but am completely converted to this method now. It makes such a moist cake with a wonderful flavour. Plus, it takes less time to bake
    which is a bonus when you cook on bottled gas and have no idea when the bottle is about to run out!

    Give it a go Belle, I think you'll like it
  10. bombaysapphire

    bombaysapphire Star commenter

    I have a favourite recipe with Madeira and cardamom. I have no doubt that I would love this but Mr BS isn't a huge Amaretto fan. I won't risk it this year - he deserves something he likes after all of his caring duties. I might try it in future though.
  11. monicabilongame

    monicabilongame Star commenter

    Cake anyone?

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  12. lapinrose

    lapinrose Star commenter

    I fancy doing something different for decoration this year, but not sure what!
    This is a cake I did a couple of years ago.

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  13. monicabilongame

    monicabilongame Star commenter

  14. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    I'm deffo going to try this one Cosmo. Will be making 3 Christmas cakes and a wedding cake next week. Yummy!
    Soon be stir up Sunday................
  15. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Amaretto cake?


    I am so there!
  16. egyptgirl

    egyptgirl Senior commenter

    I don't use the GH recipe but I use a boiled cake recipe and Cosmos is right - it does mean that the cake is so much moister than standard. I can't stand amaretto though - I use dark rum.
  17. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    I think I'll just add booze!!!!!
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  18. lapinrose

    lapinrose Star commenter

    A tip for ensuring Christmas cake, any rich fruit cake, is moist is one I picked up from Mary Ford. Mix together 1 tbsp of brandy, 1 of sherry and a desstspn of glycerin, when cake is cooled, slowly drizzle onto bottom of cake, then wrap in tinfoil. Repeat weekly, but you won't need the glycerin every time, just 1 or 2 times more, but add the booze.
  19. cosmosinfrance

    cosmosinfrance Star commenter

    Why spoil a cake with glycerine? The booze alone does it for me ;)
  20. lapinrose

    lapinrose Star commenter

    The glycerin does help keep it moist.

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