Thank you so much to Solveig or inviting me to participate in her Advent Calendar.
Magical, Boozy, Nutty Christmas Cake
Simmer and Stir!!!
175g butter, chopped
200g dark muscovado sugar
750g luxury mixed dried fruit
Finely grated zest and juice of one orange
Finely grated zest of one lemon
100ml Amaretti plus at least 4 tbsps more
85g macadamia nuts
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
85g ground almond
200g plain flour
Half a teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground mixed spice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Quarter teaspoon ground allspice
Mugs of steaming mulled wine for you to drink while baking!
Some Christmas music in the background.
First things first grab a helper. A friend, family member (my daughter helped,) or a pet to keep you company whilst baking the cake. Be sure to offer the friend, or family helper a steaming mug of mulled wine but keep alcohol away from your cat or dog. Some doggy or cat treats would suffice instead.
I love Christmas music. I especially love songs that make me imagine what Christmas is like in other places. My top places to imagine spending Christmas have always been New York City, London, Paris, some enchanting village in Ireland or Germany, and more recently, I found out that Strasbourg, France, has a very famous Christmas market. these are all pretty exotic places, and I may well spend Christmas in some of them as a tourist in the future. But they will never be mine. My own hometown suffers from a relative lack of charm, so that may contribute to my desire to see Christmases elsewhere. The city I live in now that I’m grown has much more “curb appeal” because we have the gorgeous backdrop of the Rocky Mountains, but it is still neither a quaint French village nor a beautiful bustling city.