As we near the A to Z , it is getting harder and harder to find favorite foods with the last few alphabets. I thought long and hard about what food I like, from the alphabet ‘X’. and came up with …. nothing!
So creative liberties shall be taken and my favorite Christmas Cake shall be presented as Xmas Cake! Ta, da!
There is a story I must share about Xmas Cake. See the one in the picture? I baked it, and it’s an eggless one at that. Yes!
Now, my family loves Christmas Cake and all things baked, sweet and savory. So many years ago I had signed up for a lengthy Baking course. Just after I started my classes, and bringing the goodies I baked home with me I realized that my Parents, who are the strictest of vegetarians, would not even touch anything I baked with Egg in it. Which was almost everything.
So after I completed my never ending baking course, I promptly joined the same one once again, the Eggless avatar of it this time.
This Xmas cake was the first eggless cake I baked for my parents and they were thrilled! They thought it was the best tasting Xmas cake ever, and of course they were biased! I mean whoever heard of an Xmas cake not being drunk on Rum as delicious? You do realize that along with the Eggs I needed to omit adding the Rum to the cake as well, for the Parents.
The bestest part of a Xmas Cake are the candied peels and raisins which I soak in Rum for a good 45 days prior to using them in the cake. They get plump and drunk on the Rum and taste heavenly in the cake.
I tried telling my Parents that as I convinced them to eat my Egg and Rum based Xmas Cake, but they politely and adamantly refused to. Hence the Baking Course twice over.