I rushed off the other night as the timer rang for the Christmas cake and I'm pleased to say that it turned out well. Before you add the dried fruit etc to the cake, you reserve some of the basic mix which you use to make the florentine topping. While the cake's in the oven you add cherries and nuts to the reserved cake mix and after about an hour you spread that over the top of the part-baked cake, cover it with foil and continue baking. When it's cool, I trickle icing over it but don't completely cover it.
|just out of the oven|
|ready to eat|
I also made another batch of orange marmalade with cardamom and ginger which we have given to friends for Christmas along with jars of apple chutney and vanilla sugar.
The midwinter sun rises in the dip between the two hills and we tried to photograph it as it appeared. All was going well, then just before the sun finally rose, a freezing fog descended and these are the results.
|before the sunrise|
|fog comes down - sun comes up|