Monday, December 19, 2011

5 Days of Christmas Goodie Idea's

Over the next few days I will be making a few different Christmas goodies.
I will share all my goodies here with u guys before Christmas Day!
Which is actually in 5 days I better get cracking then! haha

Christmas Fruit Cakes: Ingredients

  • Melted butter or margarine, for greasing pan
  • 375g pkt mixed dried fruit
  • 100g (1/2 cup, firmly packed) soft brown sugar
  • 110g (1/2 cup) caster sugar
  • 250mls (1 cup) water
  • 50g (2 1/2 tbs) butter or margarine
  • 2 tbs brandy
  • 2 tbs golden syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 300g (2 cups) self-raising flour, sifted
  • 80g (1/2 cup) whole blanched almonds
  • 3 tbs apricot jam, warmed, strained
  • Icing Sugar
  • Mint Leaves (lollies)
  • Jaffa Chocolates


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease a 22cm spring form pan with the melted butter or margarine and line the base and sides with non-stick baking paper.
  2. Place mixed dried fruit, soft brown sugar, caster sugar, water and butter or margarine in a saucepan. Bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the brandy. Stand for 10 minutes to cool slightly.
  3. Add the golden syrup, vanilla essence and flour to the fruit mixture and stir until well combined. Spoon mixture into prepared spring form pan and decorate the top with the almonds.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 55 minutes or until top is dark golden and a skewer comes out clean when inserted into the centre of the cake. Remove cake from the oven and brush with the apricot jam while hot.
  5. Wrap the pan in 2 clean tea towels. Cool. Remove the cake from the pan and wrap in foil. Keep in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
 This is what it looks like once finished!
Thanks to Mr Hart for making these fantastic cakes..
The kids loved them and so did I !
 With the left over lollies (Jaffa's and Mint Leaves)
Wrap them in cellophane tie them up and add some
Christmas ribbon...makes the cutest side decorations.

We made these cute little Christmas boxes
I said that its for the mum's ..maybe Jewellery gifts inside?
Hey you can only try! haha
More Christmas Idea's coming soon!
Love and Skullies
Angie D

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