My grandmother's Christmas cake recipe
This is the Christmas cake I've been making every year, since I was a little girl, old enough to help my grandmother. She was an instinctive cook, never weighing ingredients but judging by taste and consistency and everything she served, was absolutely delicious! This cake is no exception and without fail, every friend I have given this recipe to, has said that it is the best cake they've ever tasted. The best cake requires the best ingredients so do, please, buy free range eggs (not just because they are much tastier but also for ethical reasons-you'll be happier knowing the hens are enjoying a better quality of life!) and PLEASE do not use anything other than real butter - it just won't taste as good, nor will it be the correct consistency. Okay, lecture over. Here's the list of ingredients:
1 kg fruit (I use 300g sultanas + 300g currants + 400g raisins, but you can mix as you choose)
300g glace cherries (I like lots of cherries in my cake but you can use less)
75g mixed peel (you don't have to use this but it does add to the flavour)
200 ml brandy (NOT brandy essence)
300g plain flour
1 teaspoon mixed spice
half a teaspoon nutmeg (freshly grated, if possible)
300g butter (softened)
4 large eggs (free range)
100g chopped nuts (I use pecans and hazelnuts, grandmother used brazil nuts and walnuts, but use any nuts or combination of nuts, you like and chop fairly small. )
250g dark muscovado sugar
1 tablespoon black treacle
zest of orange and lemon (grated, unwaxed)
1. Put all the fruit including cherries and mixed peel into a saucepan with the brandy and bring to the boil. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Once cooled, cover (lid/tea-towel/plate) and leave overnight.
I'm not sure I've totally grasped the subject of genre. Here are a few definitions, as I understand them:
Paranormal mystery - My life.
Romantic Comedy - My love life.
Gothic Horror - My reflection, first thing in the morning.
Cosy Crime - My cooking ability.
Thriller - My shopping trip to Sainsburys.
Fantasy Fiction - My life, as described by my friends.
Historical Romance - The best years of my life.
Memoir - Something to do with my life ... I can't remember what.
I do hope that was helpful.
Finally, after several delays and schedule changes, here it is: the cover for 'A Slippery Slope'. And I'm sooooooo excited! It won't be out until next year but I've been wanting to reveal the cover for months, so it's been a very long wait for me!
You'll probably remember that I wrote the first draft of this book in January 2013 and the summary was at the back of my July release, 'Sailing Solo'. The problem was (as most of you know) this year I've had to have four ... yes four, operations, two of which were rather sudden, so my schedule has taken a bit of a bashing, as well as my body.
Our original publishing schedule was 'Sailing Solo' in June, 'A Slippery Slope' in early September and 'Carole Singer's Christmas' in late October. But something had to give! We rescheduled 'Sailing Solo' to the end of July and decided to postpone 'A Slippery Slope' until the end of the year. We considered releasing it in mid-December but I've got a little surprise for you coming out in December - and yet another operation looming! So we put our heads together and agreed to release 'A Slippery Slope' next year.
So that's it. 'A Slippery Slope' will now be released in April 2014, more than a year after I wrote the first draft! That's a novelty for me. The back cover summary is on my books page, if you haven't already read about the book in the back of 'Sailing Solo' or 'Carole Singer's Christmas' - it's in both. I couldn't wait any longer to show you the absolutely gorgeous cover though. I'll admit it: I'm in love with this cover. I hope you like it as much as I do. Without further ado, here it is. Ta dah!
I'm very excited about this, especially as I absolutely looooove Christmas. So let's have a peal of silver bells please and sing along with me to, It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas and I'll unwrap the cover of my fifth humorous romance, Carole Singer's Christmas.
The ebook and paperback will be available to buy on Amazon at the end of October but without further ado. Here it is.