Craft day at my house
Baking a Fruit Cake for Christmas will always bring back memories of my mom. She always baked a cake for each of our siblings.
To us Christmas is just not the same without it!
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Fruitcakes for Christmas
Last Saturday my sister from flippenblog and I set out to bake our annual batch of fruitcakes!
Fruitcakes are often served in celebration of weddings and Christmas.
The earliest recipe from Ancient Rome lists pomegranate seeds, pine nuts, and raisins that were mixed into barley mash. In the Middle Ages, honey, spices and preserved fruit were added.
Fruit cakes soon proliferated all over Europe. Recipes varied greatly in different countries throughout the ages, depending on the available ingredients as well as (in some instances) church regulations forbidding the use of butter, regarding the observance of fast, Pope Innocent VIII (1432–1492) finally granted the use of butter, in a written permission known as the ‘Butter Letter’ or Butterrief in 1490, giving permission to Saxony to use milk and butter in the North German Stollen fruit cakes.
Starting in the 16th century, sugar from the American Colonies (and the discovery that high concentrations of sugar could preserve fruits) created an excess of candied fruit, thus making fruit cakes more affordable and popular.- Wikipedia
Between mixing and waiting for the boiled fruit to cool down, we had time to admire the glorious weather and views from her balcony!
½ cup cream
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 cup fried bacon bits
¼ cup greenpepper (can use yellow, red and green)
¼ cup finely chopped onions.
Whisk the eggs and cream in a large mixing bowl. Stir in the cheese, bacon, greenpepper and onion.Spray and cook a 20 cm square dish and pour the mixture into that.
Bake at 200˚Celsius for 20 min or until golden brown. Serves 6 people
This low-carb microwave bread is a compromise. It’s not true bread, of course. But if you’re trying to control your carbs, or need to avoid gluten, this microwave bread adds a nice variety to breakfast and lunch. The “bread” is ready in less than five minutes, and has a spongy texture that readily soaks up butter or honey . It’s also good topped with cream cheese and smoked salmon, or with mustard and ham.
- 1 tablespoon salted butter, melted and slightly cooled
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon coconut flour
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- In a medium bowl, use a fork to mix the ingredients until very smooth.
- Using a spatula, transfer to small ramekin. I made enough of the mixture for 5.
- Microwave on high for 90 seconds. Bread will puff up while “baking,” then deflate. When done, it will look like a muffin. Make sure it appears set, otherwise microwave 30 more seconds (but 90 seconds should be enough, and overcooking can dry it up). I do mine individually.
- Gently, with a small knife, loosen the bread edges and remove from the bowl onto a plate. Slice into two slices and top with your favorite toppings
6 x eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 c cheese
Salt en pepper
1/2 c other filling (Rosa tomatoes, green pepper, ham, fried bacon, mushrooms, etc)
1. Oven on 180°C
2. Mix all ingredients and put mixture ( ¾ full) in a greased muffin pan.
3. Bake for 20 minutes.
A cup of tea is never the same without scones – served with freshly whipped cream, grated cheese and jam, of course.
Last year I had a challenge to bake perfect scones for my sister’s birthday. I tried 3 different recipes and was still not really 100% satisfied with the results.. So this is yet another recipe I had to try!! 🙂
2½ cups all-purpose flour
10 ml castor sugar
20 ml baking powder
2 ml salt
200 ml (180 g) butter, cut into small pieces
100 ml milk, plus extra for brushing
1 large egg
Preheat the oven to 200 C and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in butter. Mix the egg and milk in a small bowl, and stir into flour mixture until moistened.
Turn out onto a lightly floured work surface to complete bringing it together with your hands. Roll the dough out into a rectangle.
Cut into rounds and place on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown.