Yes, I know it’s early, but
Rich fruit cakes, they will be fed every day for a week with brandy and then once a week until the 1st December, when they will be covered with almond paste. When the almond has had time to dry out, I will have to make the momentous decision whether to use Royal Icing. This requires pick and shovel to cut, or should I go for something softer, which I’m not very good at making.
Jock helped enormously with this marathon bake-off,. By the time the kilo of flour plus large amounts of spices, 500 grammes of butter, 2 packets of dark brown sugar and the dozen eggs were ready to be incorporated with the 3 kilos of various marinated dried fruits and nuts, the quantity had outgrown two mixing bowls and overflowed into a (clean) washing up bowl. Jock’s strength was needed to manipulate and stir the mixtures together.
The cakes turned out without disaster and the house smelled gorgeously spicy during the hours of baking
For the fourth time in my life I experienced the joy of eating lobster! That’s approximately 1 every 20 years, and I remember them all!