At the moment my kitchen table is littered with my collection of Christmas cookbooks, from Nigella’s Christmas to Darina Allen’s Ballymaloe Christmas, and all the decorating ones in between.
I recently splurged on some cookbooks that are written around creating edible gifts. I usually give my girlfriends/ kids teachers etc gifts of homemade sweets, or biscuits.
One year I did up a very popular mulled wine kit, and last year a hot chocolate kit.
This weekend is going to involve lots of fruit soaking, I am behind in making my mincemeat, and this Sunday is traditionally “Stirring Sunday” for the pudding.
I have dabbled in different Christmas cakes over the years, but have now settled on the fruit cake that I make for weddings. I might add some finely grated Cacao. (Love Willie Harcourt-Crooze’s selection).
I use Nigella’s Christmas pudding recipe, and also do her Chocolate cake replacement as a substitute for those who don’t eat the fruit one.
However there may be a type of sweet terrine this year also.
So my question is, what way do you like your cake iced? At the moment I am thinking of modelling snow men and using a home made royal icing, as opposed to the smooth sugar paste that I sometimes use.
I’m still unsure of what edible gifts to do also. I’m leaning towards fudge, and maybe a selection of biscuits.