Eat, drink and be merry…the end of the world is nigh!

Less than two weeks to Christmas, but only 9 days till the End of the World (apparently)….hmmm, decisions, decisions….

Oh never mind, either way you’ve got the perfect excuse to eat as much as you possibly can in the shortest possible amount of time. So, if you’ve never tried a Weekly Bake, this could be your last chance…

As promised, this Weekly Bake is an extravaganza of festive fair.

Cranberry & Almond Mince Pies

Cranberry & Almond Mince Pies (click to enlarge)

First off, Mince Pies (of course).  What’s in a mince pie?  Well, Christmas mincemeat (not to be confused with the minced meat you make burgers with). For the last hundred years or so, the meat has been left out, leaving just the dried fruits, mainly various types of raisins (currants and sultanas), sugar, spices and your choice of hard liquor.  The English Baker’s mince pies are made with all of the above, including orange, dried cranberries, almonds, butter and sherry, encased in a sweet, almond pastry.

Mincemeat and Frangipane Tart

Mincemeat and Frangipane Tart (click to enlarge)

Second, Mincemeat and Frangipane Tart.  A variation of the above, with the addition of a light, spongey, frangipane topping – so a little like a cross between a mince pie and a Bakewell tart.

If you’re a bit of a whizz in the kitchen yourself and fancy making your own mince pies, why not just get a pot of The English Baker’s delicious home-made mincemeat.  You can also put this on vanilla ice-cream for bit of a Christmas treat.

Christmas Pudding Cake Pops

Christmas Pudding Cake Pops (click to enlarge)

And lastly, for the little ones and the loved ones, Chocolate Christmas Pudding Cake Pops.  Chocolate cake mixed with chocolate ganache on the inside, and chocolate on the outside (well it is Belgium).

Mince Pies: €18 for 12 individual pies
Mincemeat and Frangipane Tarts: €18 for 3
Home-made Mincemeat: €10 per pot (approx 350g)
Chocolate Christmas Pudding Cake Pops: €18 for 6

How to order:
For this special Christmas Weekly Bake, order today (Wednesday, 12th December) or tomorrow (Thursday, 13th December) for collection from The English Baker on Tuesday, 18th December. Please note, cake pops will keep until Christmas Day in a cool place, mince pies can be frozen until you need them, and mincemeat will keep for a month in a cool place.  Unfortunately, you’ll have to eat the frangipane tarts within a couple of days…what a shame!

Please note, (Mayan apocalypses permitting) the next Weekly Bake will be 15th January 2013.

A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM THE ENGLISH BAKER!

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Something missing?

You may have noticed that The Weekly Bake has gone missing this week…

My apologies, but The English Baker has been so inundated with Christmas orders that The Weekly Bake has had to be cancelled this week!

But, never fear, next week there will be a Special Extended Christmassy Weekly Bake, so watch out for the Cranberry and Almond Mince Pies and Christmas Pudding Cake Pops, as well as a few other seasonal sizzlers!

Just to prove I haven’t been simply sitting at the kitchen table polishing off that bottle of Christmas Brandy, here are a few of the cakes I’ve made in the last week or so…

Christmas Robins Cake

Christmas Robins Cake (click image to enlarge)

Christmas Carol Penguins Cake

Christmas Carol Penguins Cake (click image to enlarge)

Bon Voyage Cake

Bon Voyage Cake (click image to enlarge)

No Weekly Bake, but Christmas is coming – place your orders now!

You may have noticed that it’s still only November – but, in the tradition of all good retailers, The English Baker is already getting into the spirit of Yuletide.

Actually, The aroma of brandy, spices, oranges and dried fruit has been permeating The English Baker’s kitchen since October because a traditional British Christmas cake is rather like The English Baker herself, it get’s better with age.  Another similarity is that a good Christmas cake quite likes a drop of brandy occasionally – so, let the festivities begin, I say!

Christmas Cake and Pudding

Christmas Cake and Pudding (click to enlarge)

Here are a couple of examples of the end result.  There are several sizes and designs to choose from and the little 10cm cakes make perfect presents too.

A traditional British Christmas cake is essentially a dark fruit cake made with dried currents, raisins, sultanas, cherries and almonds steeped in brandy or sherry.  The Christmas cakes are also available as rich chocolate cakes if you prefer.

Also available to order now, are traditional Christmas Puddings. For the uninitiated, this is one of those steamed puddings we British are famous for.  It is rather like a dark fruit cake, made with dried fruits, nuts and brandy and slowly steamed (or boiled) twice – once by me, and once again by you before serving.  It is served flambéed in yet more brandy and eaten hot with lashings of custard, rum sauce or rum butter (well, it is Christmas).  Actually, the alcohol is cooked off during the cooking process, so fine for kids to eat too.

Christmas Cakes:  Start from €17.50 for a mini 10cm cake.
Christmas Puddings:
€12 for a 1/4 pint (150ml appx) individual pudding,
€20 for 1/2 pint (300ml appx) pudding,
€40 for 1 pint (600ml appx) pudding
€65 for 2 pint (1.2 ltr appx) pudding

How to order:
Please place your order by email before 1st December.  When ordering a cake, please leave a contact telephone number so The English Baker can call you back to discuss the size and design you would like for your cake.

The cakes and puddings will be ready for collection by appointment from The English Baker in Merode Friday 16th or Saturday 17th December.