We're a week from December, so i thought it would be a good time to share some tips on Christmas baking...
My Christmas cakes have begun, I've bought my mincemeat, and I've got kilos of icing stacking up in my office ready for 'the big ice' ... It's Christmas baking time! There's no date too early to start your Christmas cake really, but the earlier you order yours from me the more boozy feeding it'll get - so don't leave it too late!
If you're tackling your Christmas baking yourself, however, you may want to read on - here are my top eight tips for festive success!
1. Line both the base and the sides of your Christmas cake (ideally springform) tin. This will reduce burn on such a long slow bake and make it easier to remove from the tin when it has cooled. This applies even if you have fabulous non-stick tins...
2. Toss your dried fruit in flour before putting it into the mix - this will save it sticking together in clumps.
3. And while we're talking dried fruit, Christmas is the time of year for nuts and fruit, for sure, so mix it up! Cranberries, mixed peel, apricots, walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, sultanas, currants, raisins, cherries, figs, dates... Whatever you fancy!
4. Earl Grey tea is a good alternative if you don't want to feed your cake with alcohol. Rum, Amaretto and brandy isn't everyone's cup of tea. No pun intended.
5. Decoration-wise, the sky's the limit - there's so much you can be inspired by at Christmas. How about making a design around snowmen cake pops, stars, Santa's face, reindeers, presents, holly sprigs, a nativity scene, robins, ginger breadmen (I'll be using this last idea for some of my cupcakes this year). You name it, a Christmas theme can be constructed through fondant/biscuits/royal icing.
6. Always stir the cake with a wish - it adds another level of magic to Christmas.
7. When making mince pies, make sure the pastry has cooled completely before putting any topping on. Icing sugar dustings will simple melt away, and any icing/marzipan stars will soften and slide. And if you like your pastry a little crunchy, add a bit of sugar to the dough.
8. Drizzle honey or spread smooth apricot jam over the cake to make the marzipan stick properly.
I hope this has given you something new to consider this year - let me know how your baking goes!
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