Nigella Lawson’s Christmas Cake

Am I going to make this or am I going to buy one from Harrods next week?!  Damn it, the former I suppose…  I haven’t had Christmas for 2 years. Needless to say, it’s not so big in France.  Despite living in London for 10 years, my husband never tried this British traditional Christmas cake so, since we’re hosting dinner on 24th, there’s no better time.  I absolutely love this, so much so that my friends would often buy me my own individual one.  Yes, a Christmas cake savage.  No shame!

I’ve been struggling with what to make but I am so drawn to my own traditions this year, that nothing else will suffice.  Sadly I wouldn’t get to spend Christmas with my mummy but this cake will ease some of the pain.  Will me luck! Photographs will obviously follow, unless it looks hideous!

14 Comments

  1. 9 December 2010 / 15:09

    I wonder what it would look like on my plate? 😉

    • Milla
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      9 December 2010 / 19:37

      Very nice but I imagine it would stay there for very long! : )

      x

  2. 9 December 2010 / 16:14

    I am sure it will come out stunning and delicious, can’t wait for pics! My photo tip of the day, I usually time food photos for when the lighting is best in the kitchen:) Makes the image crisp!

    • Milla
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      9 December 2010 / 19:37

      I’m looking forward to it – I haven’t baked for quite a while. Thanks for the tip!

      x

  3. 9 December 2010 / 17:42

    It will be delish Milla! And good for you for making it instead of buying it.
    Good photo tip Noelani (feel free to leave some of those with my pics too – I need major assistance)!
    Cupcake

    • Milla
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      9 December 2010 / 19:41

      I have the desserts and sides planned now, I should probably give more thought to the mains… Do you make a special dessert/cake for Christmas Cupcake?

      PS – just back from the organic shop. Do you like quinoa? Love, love, love!

      x

  4. 9 December 2010 / 18:06

    I love Nigella and whenever I watch her shows I’m so inspired to become a chef! It’s quite a great feat to master this cake so I wish you all the best!! Of course, since Harrods has already mastered it… 😉

    • Milla
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      9 December 2010 / 19:43

      Sara, what great taste you have! I own all but one of Nigella’s hardback cookery (and have put the outstanding one on my unofficial Christmas list). She’s a real baking Queen and is so enthusiastic (plus gorgeous!). Most of the things I bake come from her “How to be a domestic goddess” book.

      Harrods, well, you cannot go wrong! : )

  5. 9 December 2010 / 19:10

    Oh, you absolutely must make a cake!

    Homemade is always so much more delicious than shop bought… except, of course, where the ‘shop’ is as fancypants as Harrods.

    Perhaps the only option is to have, and eat, two cakes? ;0)

    Sarah x

    • Milla
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      9 December 2010 / 20:13

      Homemade cakes are the best, you’re right! I most definitely will.

      Two cakes? As if I need convincing!

      x

  6. 9 December 2010 / 19:27

    Ooooh, you have to let us know how it turns out! So sorry you haven’t really had Christmas for two years, Milla baby … I say YESSS bring your own traditions in this year!!

    • Milla
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      9 December 2010 / 20:15

      No pressure – Nigella’s cake looks lovely, doesn’t it? Oh Sandy, I’ve had 2 lovely Christmas’ just without British food. The French 7-course Christmas lunches with the finest local produce were divine. I just miss mince pies : )

      x

  7. 9 December 2010 / 20:10

    Good luck with making your cake. I know it’ll taste great. Sorry you can’t be with your mom. God bless.

    • Milla
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      9 December 2010 / 20:48

      Thanks for your blessing – my oven needs it!

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