Day 12 – National Countdown Lockdown – Dried Fruit and Brandy Shopping?

It’s the weekend.  It should be Yippee, it’s the weekend! but for most, it’s just another day as they are all rolling into one.

Tomorrow is Stir Up Sunday, so today’s the day to check the store cupboards then go out to top up your dried fruit, flour, brandy etc to make your Christmas Cake.  List of ingredients for one of Mary Berry’s Christmas Cake recipes below so you can do a quick check.  Fits a 9″ round or 8″ square tin.  Of course there are many other recipes out there, so this is just a guide.

  • 75 g Candied peel, mixed
  • 425 g Currants
  • 300 g Glace cherries
  • 1 Lemon, zest of large
  • 1 Orange, zest of large
  • 150 g Ready-to-eat dried apricots
  • 250 g Sultanas and raisins
  • 5 Eggs
  • 1 tbsp Treacle, black
Baking & spices
  • 300 g Muscovado sugar, dark
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
  • 300 g Plain flour
  • 1 tsp Spice, ground mixed
Nuts & seeds
  • 60 g Unblanched almonds, whole
  • 300 g Butter, unsalted
  • 4 tbsp Brandy

It’s a bit of a grey day so far, but not as cold as yesterday so good to get out for a short walk to the shops or not!

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