Today is the big day, the Christmas cake I make every year for my San Diego cousin has just left the building! Fingers crossed it arrives safely, or should I say all in one piece, in a few days!
And this now takes me to making a list of what Christmas baking will be taking place this year…there are always the traditional treats that family members request, such as Mom’s shortbread cookies (red and green candied cherry bits on top, please)…for gawd’s sake, don’t leave them off, little mince pies with their icing sugared hats and my favourite, German stollen.
Time to take inventory. Is there enough cardamom for the stollen, when can I pick up the marzipan that’s a must for putting inside the stollen, do I have enough cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg? What about the dried fruits? Better check all the recipes for raisins, currants, dried cranberries and so on and make sure to check out my supply of nuts in the freezer. How about butter and eggs? How much and how many? I know there is enough flour because we just bought a 40 pound bag recently. Then there’s the sugar: brown, Demerara, golden, Muscavado…better have a look, oh and remember to check the berry sugar, icing sugar, molasses and Lyel’s golden syrup as well! Better make sure to get in more brandy and rum in too! What about an English steamed pudding this year, now that’s a good idea!
Guess I better get on it and make mincemeat this weekend too!
Whew, I’m tired already and I haven’t even turned on my KitchenAid stand mixer or finalized what cookies I want…maybe those currant jelly filled Drei Augen’s that I haven’t made for 100 years should go on the list that are so amazing with coffee or tea!
If it’s snowing when I am baking, a little hot buttered rum would definitely be on the agenda, if not then a little scotch on the rocks might just be the ticket!
I hope you enjoy baking your Christmas goodies as much as I do, especially when I see how happy it makes everyone!
**To make the mince pies/tarts, please go to Making Pie Dough and then use your favourite brand of mincemeat or your own homemade.