I made two kinds of homely fudge today, plain Walnut Fudge and Rum&Raisin Fudge. These were a great, really quick last minute christmas gift. I just popped them in an old fashioned sweetie jar with a big bow on top... Merry Christmas!
11 days, 8 hours and 20 minutes until christmas day! These are the cakes that I made way back in September, feeding them brandy every so often. No-one in my family actually likes the christmas cake, it's now simply down to tradition of actually having one, that's the best part about christmas I think... having family traditions and a routine. It actually made me feel quite sorry for the French when I realised that their tradition is 'Buche de Noel' the chocolate log. Hmm.
I was recently shown a great blog http://iambaker.net that I just can't get enough of! One of my favourites was her layer cake, my version is definitely not as amazing as hers but it's only my first time. I am determined to get it right as when it's done properly it could suit any occasion. This one is a Hummingbird Red Velvet cake and Mary Berrys Victoria Sponge. Check out her blog and let me know what you think.
Originally 'Relgieuses' the french choux pastry were supposed to depict a nun on her knees praying, the bun would be her praying from behind, the icing being her habit, her head hidden between her knees... The story has been lost along the years, hence why bakers have added the 'head' of the nun, the upper bun.
I filled these with Creme Patissiere, a french custard. Yummy! Let me know if you'd like the recipe!