I hate fruit cake! Loathe it! I can't stand it! There you go. I blame it on my mum, who refused to give us currants, raisins, sultanas, glace cherries, etc, until we were about 20, because we could have choked. So I never developed a taste for these things. I love the spice - I used to eat hot cross buns, but pick out the dried fruit, which was hoovered up by my dad. But I love the smell of a Christmas cake, and the cake itself looking so pretty. And this weekend, Mr Lace set to, as he always does, with the little Laces to make the Christmas cake. It's a bit late this year, but never mind.
He uses Delia's recipe, which to my eyes looks largely based on fruit... here's the soaked fruit (soaked overnight in some sort of alcohol already!):
and here's the mix, waiting for the grated citrus rinds to be added:
We all had a stir and a Christmas wish, as we always do, and believe me, it is hard to stir this stuff.
And several hours and wonderful smells of spices all around the house later, here's the result:
Even I think it looks scrummy.
Roll on Christmas!