Christmas Baking – Time To Get Festive

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Introducing The Magic Ingredients

Introducing The Magic Ingredients

Christmas is less than 6 weeks away. Which means, it’s time to don the pinny, get the mixing bowls out and get cracking.

If you’re planning to make your own Christmas cake, pudding and mince pies, you need to get on with them now, this week or over the weekend. And your reward besides producing  deluxe, home made festive goodies ? A warm and toasty kitchen filled with the heavenly scent of cinnamon, spice and all things nice, plus you get to lick the bowl too!

Luxury Christmas Cake
Luxury Christmas Pudding
Luxury Mincemeat

Here’s What I Do – The Shortcuts To Success.
Buy the ingredients needed for the cake, pudding and mince pies.

Pour myself a glass of wine. Place 3 large bowls plus the weighing scales on the kitchen table.  Sit with wine and chop all the larger fruits – the apricots, cherries and figs, (like on a production line) and put them in separate piles.

Measure out the fruit needed for each recipe. Stick it in a bowl, pour on some alcohol, cover with cling film and soak overnight. Simple.
And all done in 30 minutes.

The following day, I mix each bowl of fruit with the remaining ingredients needed for that recipe. Then the cake goes in the oven, the puddings go on to boil and the mincemeat goes in some jars. It takes a maximum of an hour and a half to prep all three in total and that’s it.

Job done.

It's all in the prep!

It’s all in the prep!

13 Responses to “Christmas Baking – Time To Get Festive”

  1. Natalie says:

    Hi Uma,
    Hope you are well. I don’t know if you remember me – we spoke last year about you being on ‘Come Dine With Me’ and came to visit you at your lovely home.

    After that, I tried a lot of recipes on your website and I have to say, they were fantastic! Last year, my flatmate and I made your combined recipes for Christmas cake, Christmas pudding and mincemeat and they turned out really well and we’re making them again this year. Many thanks,

  2. Mattie says:

    Hello Uma,
    I made your christmas cake, puddings and mincemeat at the weekend. The smell coming out my kitchen was wonderful and the cake turned out perfectly (first time ever!) normally it gets burnt around the edges. I can’t wait to try them all. Many thanks for these three recipes.
    Mattie x

  3. SHELLY says:

    Dear Uma, Thanks for all your expert advice. Everyone commented on what an excellent Christmas cake I’d produced last year (following your treasured recipe) and needless to say I’m making it again this year, hopefully over the coming weekend.

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  5. Carol says:

    Uma you ROCK. We heard you on the radio earlier – and having personally made all three of these recipes last year I can vouch they work.

  6. Bruce says:

    I don’t do baking but you sure do make me want to give it a try.

  7. Barbara says:

    I am so glad you put these recipes up again this year i was getting really worried when I couldn’t find them on your site.
    Thanks Uma they are brilliant! I made all three last year with great success. Look forward to doing so again this year

  8. Janice says:

    Hi Uma

    What a beautiful blog and the baking looks good too. Thanks for posting on the ‘I’ve blogged’ group on UKFBA, we do tend to post in the comments and that way it sends an email to the group as a prompt to go look and see! Seems to work anyway. Look forward to seeing more of your stuff.

  9. John says:

    I love your mince pie recipe. It makes the best mince pies I’ve ever tasted. And my wife thinks so too. And believe me, she’s hard to impress!

    Thanks so much for telling us about this recipe

  10. Janet Cooke says:

    Thanks for the inspiration Uma! I shall be make all three this weekend.If they’re half as good as your other recipes, we’ll be in for a treat.

  11. Jan Wearing says:

    I love all your recipes Uma, thanks for these.

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