Lady Magnon has made her CAKE!
Not too much swearing from her this year, but the ingredients were all over the shop. Why do SO MANY different things seem to go into these cakes.
Only one glitch too. After the cake had been in the oven (at the wrong temperature) for 10 mins, she suddenly remembered the Molasses. How could you forget the Molasses?
So out came the cake, it was emptied back into a mixing bowl, and the Molasses folded in. Then back into the tin, and back into the oven (at the right temperature).
Four hours later the baby was born. We'd been out at the Doc's during the latter half of the cooking time, and the aroma on opening the kitchen door was wonderful; pure Christmas. It's bottom now has to be anointed with Armagnac for the next couple of weeks.
This is a much bigger operation that Christmas dinner itself. It took two days in all, gawd knows how many ingredients, and the same time in the oven as a large Turkey.
If you're interested, she used dear Delia's Christmas Cake recipe. I'll give my opinion when it's broached (Dec 24th), but I know it's going to be wonderful; it always is.