We all took adrive out to Bondi junction today and bot was it bust people everyewhere. I think as the weather was overcast and raining everyone decided to go shopping. I spent at my 2 favourite places Country Road and Kikki K. I love bargains! The sales were fabulous.
Place raisins, sultanas, currants, mixed peel, almonds and dates in a bowl and pour over brandy. Cover and allow to soak for at least 8 hours and up to 2 days. Preheat oven to 140°C (285ºF). Beat the butter and sugar in an electric mixer until light and creamy. Add eggs one at a time and beat well. Combine butter mixture, soaked fruit mixture, flour, bicarbonate, cinnamon and allspice in a large bowl. Spoon into a 20cm-square cake tin double-lined with non-stick baking paper and bake for 2 hours. While still hot, splash cake with a capful of brandy. Allow to cool before serving. Serves 8–10.
oh, christmas tree...A fun alternative to a traditional tree is to outline one in nails on a board, then run string or wool around the shape and decorate it with these spiced cookies. Full of Christmas flavours – cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice – and sparkling with a dusting of sugar, they make a delicious change from the usual decorations. Roll the dough a little thicker than normal, pierce a hole at the top with a skewer (to loop with strong thread or pretty ribbon) and cook for a little longer than usual at a lower temperature to make sure the cookies fully dry out.
spiced brown sugar cookies
185g butter, chopped
1 cup (175g) brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon mixed spice
2½ cups (375g) plain (all-purpose) flour
2 eggs, 1 separated
1 tablespoon water
raw sugar, to coat
Preheat oven to 160ºC (325ºF). Place the butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and mixed spice in a food processor and process until smooth. Add the flour, whole egg, egg yolk and water and process again to form a smooth dough. Knead lightly, wrap in plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 30 minutes to chill.Roll out the dough between sheets of non-stick baking paper to 5mm thick. Using Christmas cookie cutters, cut out shapes. Make small holes in the top of each cookie for string to be looped through. Place on baking trays lined with non-stick baking paper. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden. Cool on wire racks.Brush cookies with the eggwhite and press the brushed side into the sugar to coat. Place on baking trays and return to the oven for 10 minutes to set the sugar. Cool on wire racks. Makes 45.
Go back to your childhood and find something special at Rudy and the dodo....terribly fabulous stuff for little individuals. I received my order during the week and cannot wait to see the delight when the kids see their special gifts.