I have just spent a marvellous long weekend in Melbourne catching up with some of my wonderful friends. Thanks to Veronica, Margot, Steve, Craig, Tim and Christian - it was fabulous seeing you.
The next Christmas recipe I am going to share with you is for a Christmas cake that has to be made at least a month in advance - I in fact made mine in June this year. It is Nigella Lawson's standard Christmas cake recipe from How to Be a Domestic Goddess and Feast, and which you can also find online here. It is a handy recipe because the ingredients are given in different quantities for different sized cakes. By Christmas, my cake was wonderfully boozy and scented - and I didn't "feed" it at all between making it and cutting it recently for gifts.
Here is a slice of the cut cake, so that you can easily see all of the wonderful fruit:
The cake stayed nice and moist, which is a relief, because I have quite a lot of cake left over after slicing it up for friends gift boxes!
There are a myriad of fruit cake recipes out there, so I am never sure which ones are the best. Do you have a favourite fruit cake recipe?