This Christmas

I am not a Christian but I do enjoy Christmas baking. You can feel the kind of nostalgia feeling as you bake.

"Christmas isn't Christmas till you start to bake fruit cake, somewhere deep inside you you are craving for that cake ... "  

This is the lyrics from the song "Christmas isn't Christmas", just being playful and changed the words a little ...

Anyway, back to my baking.  I have baked 2 small loafs of White Fruit Cake and a brownie (for a friend's Christmas gathering) the past few days. Here are the pics:

White Fruit Cake

Recipe for the fruit cake is from here, but I post below for your convenience.

1 cup butter
1 1/4 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp salt
2 cups plus 2 tbsp flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 cups seedless raisins  ]
1 pkg (8oz) mixed fruit        ]

(I soaked these 2 ingredients in Martel for 3 months :-P)
1/2 cup red cherries
1/2 cup green cherries
1/2 cup nuts (I omitted)
1 lemon (juice and rind)
1 orange (juice and rind)

1. Prepare fruit and pour over the fruit juices and let stand overnight.
2. Cream butter and sugar till foamy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well between each.
3. Add flour sifted with salt and baking powder, alternating with fruit.
4. Bake in slow oven of 150-160˚C for 3 1/2 hours. (This temperature & timing are for references only, it's all depend on individual oven.)
Tip: Place a small pan of water in the oven to help keep cake moist.

Christmas Brownie

Recipe for the brownie is as follows:
90g    unsalted butter
200g  baking dark chocolate
3 nos. eggs
250g  sugar (can reduce if you don't have a sweet tooth)
1.5 tsp vanilla essence
108g  plain flour
1 tsp  baking powder
115g  walnuts, chopped (if you don't like walnuts, you can use any other nuts of your choice)

1. Melt the butter and chocolate on a double boiler. Keep stirring till both ingredients have melted.
2. Beat the eggs, sugar and vanilla till light and foamy.
3. Then fold in the plain flour, baking powder and chopped walnuts.
4. Place baking paper on the tray before pouring the batter.
5. Bake in preheated oven at 160˚C for 35-40 minutes.

Wishing all of you a
Merry Christmas & Blessed 2011!


  1. It's nice to see your bakes again! I haven't seen baking posts for quite a while. :) They look great as usual. Merry Christmas to you too.

  2. Hi esther
    thanks for reading my blog. ya i was lazy for a while. :-P well, now is christmas season, i think i just hv to get off my bu** to get started. haha ... furthermore, CNY is coming vy soon, there are many bakes waiting for me. how about you?

  3. Esther, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and family!

  4. Wishing you too Jess and your family, a very blessed Christmas and a prosperous 2011!

  5. Hi Esther :) I baked a lot during winter break. I can't believe it's already 2011!


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