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Christmas Candies

The making of sweetmeats for special occasions is an old tradition dating back centuries. As with the gingerbread men and meringue decorations they were simple yet highly coloured. These simple to prepare candies can even be delegated to the children … Continue reading

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A Childrens Christmas

Many of the popular celebratory customs associated in various countries with Christmas have pre-Christian or secular themes and origins. Popular modern customs of the holiday include gift-giving, music, an exchange of Christmas cards, church celebrations, a special meal, and the … Continue reading

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Post-War Christmas Cake

As may be expected I have a number of good Christmas cake recipes from over the years, from those of the lean war years to those years of plenty. This was one of my Grandmothers favourites and was brought out … Continue reading

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A Ration Of Christmas

The year 1947 was memorable for many reasons. It was preceded by severe winter and spring that caused many a frozen pipe throughout the country. At that time central heating was limited to those who could afford such luxuries. Food … Continue reading

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Simnel – A Marzipan Cake

Simnel Cake was originally a large spiced plum pudding that emerged sometime during the 15th century. Initially it was wrapped in a cloth, like a pudding, and simmered in water. Later, it would be removed from the cloth and baked into the form … Continue reading

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Victoria’s Sponge

Named for Queen Victoria it is well known that the Queen herself had no great fondness for sweet things. Never-the-less, because of its revered status in kitchen folklore the name is enough to set fear in the heart of many … Continue reading

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The Celebration Cake

Cake Decorating The pleasure a finely decorated cake can add to a party gathering is immeasurable. The foundations of cake decorating hark back to the golden age of decorated tables of the 17th century, when all food was presented ‘in its best … Continue reading

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Afternoon Tea

Some further recipes from the cookbook, this time showing a ‘Woman’ magazine supplement dated September 1959. They cover the more diverse types of cake that would be produced ‘at home’. The cake tin, like the bread bin, was an integral … Continue reading

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Easter Cake

Also known as Simnel Cake, a rich fruit cake to celebrate the end of lent which this year will be Good Friday, 22nd of April in England, Scotland, Wales & Ireland. As with all rich fruit cakes it is best … Continue reading

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