Comfort Food 8: Mini Xmas Cakes

1 12 2006

I decided to do something different for little gifts this year – you know, the gifts that you need to have on hand just in case you get a gift you weren’t expecting and need to have one in return, or in case people drop in who you weren’t expecting…

For the first time in my life I decided to make a Christmas cake, but mini ones, in muffin pans. The aim is to wrap them in ribbon and cellophane and tie them with some pretty red, green and white thin ribbon.

The first batch is in the oven right now. These are going to be unbelievable! There’s at least a litre of a mixture of whiskey, Grand Marnier, Orange Curacao, etc. in the mix, and massive quantities of raisins, sultanas, currants, dried apricots, mixed peel, red and green glace cherries, walnut, hazelnuts, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc. The mixture tastes damned good! Looks pretty ordinary, but tasted terrific – very alcoholic too!

Xmas cake mixture

Mini Xmas Cake mixture

Mini Xmas Cakes still in the muffin pan

Oh, you want the recipe? It’s an adaptation of this one: Adaptation because no recipe is more than a guideline!

Interesting statistic if it’s true

1 12 2006

Got this from someone at work yesterday – if it’s true, it puts a lot of pricing into perspective, including fuel prices. Unfortunately, no attribution.

Ink compared to blood and other fluids