Today I just had to bake something or else I was going to go crazy – it was as simple as that.
I was never a big Nigella fan – I think you either love her or you aren’t that fussed. Recently I watched a Christmas-themed Nigella Lawson episode, where the kitchen is covered in fairy lights (including the pantry) and she cooks a variety of fattening sweet treats. At one point it appears she gets up in the middle of the night, whispering to the camera so as not to wake anyone up (?) and in her black silk robe, no less, cooks some sort of decadent gooey chocolate cake.
I had to laugh at such blatant exploitation of her womanly assets…it was so clichéd it was bordering on corny.
But for whatever reason, despite my amusement, I was hooked. Maybe it was those boobs after all? After watching her in action I almost felt like wearing a twinset. Almost. And I desperately wish that I could scoff my face with her indulgent desserts and have all the calories go straight to my chest…but alas that will never happen.
So, the next best thing was to cook something Christmasy and Nigella, and eat one slice of it. I love using early December as time for Christmas recipe experimentation – then baking the best to give as little gifts or to have over Christmas.
I had a browse through Nigella.com and discovered a fruitcake containing no flour. I’d never made a fruitcake before, because I find them quite floury – I prefer cakes with almond or hazelnut meal instead of flour. So when I came across her recipe for a golden fruitcake that uses almond meal and no flour, I had to try it. You can see the recipe here.
Essentially, lots of dried fruit, pear in particular; butter and Bacardi; and masses of almond meal:
It’s still not completely cool yet, so next time I’ll tell you how it tasted. In the meantime, I’m off to put the kids to bed and decide on my next Christmas recipe! 🙂
What are you baking this Christmas?