With the aroma of this filling the house, there’s only one word that seems suitable:
The fruit and spices now have to steep in alcohol and sugar for a full week. Double phwoar!
How did this come about? Well, I sat down and gave myself a good talking to. ‘Karen, you have never made a Christmas cake in your life, ever. Sort it out!’
So sort it out I did, with the help of Nigella. You would not believe how much alcohol goes into this recipe:
I was meant to use rum, port and something else I can’t remember. After sticking my head into the drinks cabinet (aka kitchen cupboard that holds spirits) I found a near-empty bottle of rum rattling around at the back. Everything else was whisky, so I decided to throw the recipe out of the window and use what I had to hand. Whisky and rum. Lots of it.
I’m hoping my boyfriend doesn’t read this blog post. He’s a massive whisky fan and if he realises that some of his precious Scotch Malt Whisky Society whisky has gone into a cake mixture… Did I mention that he doesn’t particularly like Christmas cake?
Now, some of you may be thinking, But this is a sewing and knitting blog, not a food blog. In order to crow bar some crafting into this post, I snapped a gratuitous photo of crochet and whisky…
Let me know if you have any top tips for making this Christmas cake even better. Although with the alcohol fumes currently wafting around the house, I can’t promise I’ll be up to doing anything else…