Ahh, December has arrived and that means Christmas is around the corner. My favorite time of year! The thing I miss most at Christmas is snow, but just for the season. I’m happy I don’t have to endure it until March or April like those of you in the frozen north. But every year I wish I could have a little just until after new years.
The other thing I really miss is candy canes. Those don’t exist here in India, and are just as much a part of Christmas for me as snow is. But everything else is here: the trees (ok, so they’re fake but we all know a real fir tree couldn’t hold up for even a few days in Chennai heat), decorations, music, and treats.
Yes, I love those special cakes and chocolates that only come out at Christmas. At the moment I am searching for a fruitcake recipe since I get to bake it this year. It’s been a long time since I baked anything. Well, it was a long time until I baked Logan’s birthday cake. I almost didn’t do it since it had been years since I had done it. Those who know me well know I used to bake often, usually for birthdays, but I also did a few fruitcakes for Christmas. Since coming to India there were always other people who did the baking so I never even gave it a thought. But now here in Chennai I will get my chance.
Well, I like baking so I am going for it. The first step is to find a good recipe as I don’t have one, so I am currently searching the net for a good one. I also hope to try at least one cookie recipe and perhaps I will try rum balls (I love these).
P.S. While searching for a usable recipe, I came across this one that is supposed to be good. Check it out for yourself.
Christmas Whiskey Cake
1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
6 large eggs
2 teaspoons baking powder
3 cups flour, sifted
1/2 t. salt
1 cup bourbon
1 pound pecans, chopped
3 cups white raisins (or use candied fruit)
1 t. nutmeg
AND ~ a very large bottle of bourbon whiskey ~
First, sample the whiskey to check for quality.
Assemble all of the ingredients.
Check the whiskey again. To be sure it is of the highest quality, pour one level cup and drink.
Repeat this step.
Turn on the electric mixer and beat one cup of butter in a large fluffy bowl.
Add one teaspoon of sugar and cream until beat.
Make sure the whiskey is still okay… try another cup.
Turn off the mixer. Beat six leggs and add to the bowl, then chunk in the cup of dried flut.
Mix on the tuner. Throw in two quarts of flour. Gradually pour in the cow. Add 2 dried anything.
If the fried druit gets struck in the beaters, pry it loose with a drewscriver.
Sample the whiskey and check it again for tonsistency.
Next, sift two cups of salt. Or something. Who cares???
Check the whiskey again.
Now sift the nutmeg and strain your nuts.
Add one table. And the spoon. Of whiskee. Or something. Whatever you find left.
Grease the oven. Turn the crake pan to 350 degrees.
Don’t forget to beat off the turner. Pour the oven into the batter.
Throw the bowl out the window. Lick the batter off the floor.
Bake 300 minutes at 50 degrees.
Finish the blobble of whishy and flow to bed.
Have a Very Merry Christmas!
If you try this cake and something goes wrong, don’t blame me. Remember, it was your choice to drink all that whiskey.