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Simnel Cake

Simnel cake is a traditional light fruit cake with two layers of almond paste or marzipan, one in the middle and one on top, that is toasted, and eaten during Easter. It was originally made for the middle Sunday of … Continue reading

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A Rose By Any Other Name . . .

Following on from the marzipan fruits we come to  the marzipan flowers. Once again the Womans Own cake decorating book supplies the necessary information. The colours can be created to preference and can vary in size. The recipe here for … Continue reading

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Hogmanay Treats!

With the end of 2012 rapidly approaching I shall add here a few tasty treats that may not be produced in time for the relevant parties and festivities but they are nice to look at and possibly with the idea … Continue reading

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Marzipan Fruits & Turkish Delight

Marzipan is a confection created using ground almonds and and sugar that has been a staple of the celebration table since the 17th century. The making of marzipan fruits is relatively more modern. The Victorians developed the idea of ‘sweetmeats’ … Continue reading

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The Icing On The Cake

Celebration cakes are, by definition, produced for those occasions when that little something extra is required. Savings are made to obtain the required ingredients that, in normal circumstances, would not be on the shopping list. Throughout history all ‘rites of … Continue reading

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Christmas Cakes & Cookies

What is, or rather what is not, a Christmas cake? Christmas is an occasion when people of all ages, shapes, sizes and opinions come together for a time of fun, frivolity and food! This particular item comes from the immediate … Continue reading

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The Battenburg

Though not essentially a Christmas recipe, the Battenburg follows the German style of marzipan and bright colours. The British Royal Family were introduced to it during the reign of Queen Victoria. The first Battenberg Cake was created in 1884 by … Continue reading

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Festive Yule Log

The Yule Log is an old tradition in Britain, symbolising food and warmth (the burning of the log) in the middle of the long cold winter. Along with the Gingerbread House, and of course the Gingerbread Men, it forms a … Continue reading

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Traditional Christmas Breads – Germany

With the Christmas Cake made and stored away in a well sealed tin awaiting the festivities, the taste of Christmas can be sampled early by way of a Stollen. Stollen is basically, a sweetened fruit bread. But because it is … Continue reading

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A Taste Of Easter

Easter is a time of celebration that dates back to pre-christian times. It is a celebration of the end of Winter and the onset of Spring. Of the promise of new growth, new beginnings! It is a time of rich … Continue reading

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