Sunday, December 12, 2010
Nigel Slater's Christmas Cake
It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas ... Can't wait!
A few days ago, I posted about Nigel Slater's Christmas pudding. Now, being a huge fan of Nigel, I also decided to go with his Christmas cake recipe out of The Kitchen Diaries (which you can also find online here).
I was a little dubious about this recipe, because instead of soaking the fruit before baking, you just "feed" the cake with brandy once a week or so after it has been made. However, I needn't have worried - 6 weeks on from baking, and this cake tastes glorious - rich, moist and fruity, and just enough booze to give it a kick, but not as much as some. I have to say that I probably prefer a boozier cake, but you could always soak the fruit for this recipe first as well as feeding the cake.
Just like Nigel's Christmas pudding, this cake is a light fruit cake, but I kind of liked this aspect, because it was not as dense and heavy as some others - or not what my mother would refer to as "scenty".
For a peek inside the pudding and the cake, here you go:
Pudding is on the left, cake is on the right. I can confirm that the pudding was also moist and fruity - again, I probably like mine a little boozier, but this is very good as is, and would be perfect heated with custard or icecream.
Hope your holiday preparations are coming along well.