smells like Christmas spirit

I seem to be running a month behind. I blame this year’s screwed up weather. I always make my Christmas cake during October halfterm. I soak the fruit the first weekend, and bake it the second. Always. Except that somehow we’re into the second half of November, and I haven’t. My children have been pointing this out with increasing urgency. So this evening, I got busy weighing, and chopping, and zesting, and soaking.


Work is stressful at the moment, but the scent of lemons and oranges and spices and whisky makes the world a better place. (What do other people do with zested lemons? They are such a sad sight.)


I think next term may also be pretty stressful, so I took the wise precaution of doubling the recipe. And the whisky. Two cakes are better than one. The Christmas spirit should last well into January in my house.




Filed under food, sparkly Christmas stuff

3 responses to “smells like Christmas spirit

  1. katherinea

    I put zested lemons back in the fridge in a small plastic bag and then use when I need lemon juice. They keep quite a while.

  2. Mum cuts them into halves and freezes them, then defrosts as required.

    I cut them into slices and use in gin and tonic.

  3. Mrs Redboots

    Second cutting the up and freezing them. I slice and freeze for use in tea (or gin and tonic if I drank gin and tonic, which I don’t).

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