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March 1939

These pages from a magazine supplement entitled ‘Home Notes’ dated 11th March 1939, only six months from the commencement of the second world war, show a life of normality, far removed from world politics. But though life carried on much … 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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Traditional Christmas Breads – Italy

This fruit bread, originating in Milan, (though also claimed by regions of southern France, Germany and Switzerland) is essentially a breakfast bread for high days and holidays. The name derives from ‘panetto’, a small loaf which with the suffix ‘o-neh’ … 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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The Cake Walk

Granny Robertson would not have dreamt of ‘popping out to the shops’ for cakes or biscuits. Sunday was baking day and all the cakes and sweetmeats for the week, well planned in advance naturally, would be made on this day … Continue reading

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Christmas Cake, c.1954

Christmas Cake 1954 This is a cake I produced for a local nursing home. The theme is homely patriotism. It is made with the recipe from 1954 that I have reproduced below. The design of the finish is simple and … Continue reading

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The Origin Of Plum Pudding . . .

According to tradition, November 25th is the day when the family gathers around the kitchen table to start making the season’s Christmas pudding. In years gone by, Stir Up Sunday – the last Sunday before Advent – would have seen excited … Continue reading

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