XMAS: Abbreviation for Christmas
My trusty 1976 dictionary contained only 26 X words. It did however have Xmas as one of the 26 words so I am kind of grasping at straws and using an abbreviation – it was difficult finding a suitable word.
So in keeping with the Xmas theme I am sharing with you a fabulous Xmas cake recipe. For the last 10 years, in late October early November, I make at least 20 Xmas cakes for friends and family using a recipe given to me by a friend. This was her mother’s recipe so it is at least 2 – 3 generations old. Enjoy.
Bobbie’s Christmas Cake
Place in a large pan
- 1/2 1b butter
- 1 & 1/2 1bs brown sugar
- 1 x 15oz tin of fruit salad
- 1/2 cup rum
- 1200 grams mixed fruit
- 2-3 teaspoons various spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, mixed spice)
Bring to the boil, simmer for 1 minute and cool
When mixture cool add
- 4 well beaten eggs
- 2 tablespoons of golden syrup
- 2 cups wholemeal flour
- 2 cups white flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
Mix all together
Line the bottom of 9 inch cake tin with paper
Bake 130C for 3-4 hours
- The mixture of metric and imperial measurements is as it came from Bobbie.
- Rather than icing the Xmas cake, decorate the top with almonds and/or glaze cherries before putting it in the oven to cook.
- I use less sugar than the recipe states.
- It is okay to double the recipe and I often use different size tins depending on who I am baking for. Baking time will differ with size of tin used.
- I have fan oven, so I lower the oven temperature to 120/125C
Thanks Bobbie for your recipe