Christmas Recipes

These were sent to me by Susan for our local paper here in Maungaturoto. Might as well share them here as well. Thanks Susan!!!

(Makes delicious toast for breakfast, or supper, great for school
lunchboxes and it works out approx 1/3 the price of purchased bread)
2tsp Surebake yeast
1 cup plus 2tbsp half water/milk (lukewarm)
1 large egg
3 tbsp margarine
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
3 cups HIGH GRADE flour
1 cup dried fruit (sultanas, raisin, currants)
1/4 cup chopped apricots and/or walnuts - opt
1 tsp mixed spice and vanilla essence
2 tsp cinnamon
Put wet ingred. into breadmaker, followed by dried ingred.
(except fruit/nuts). Set to sweet option, add fruit/nuts when
machine beeps. This bread will keep fresh for several days.
250g butter/margarine
1 cup sugar
6 eggs
1 tsp cinnamon, ground ginger, mixed spice
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp vanilla, almond and lemon essence
1.75 kg mixed fruit of your choice
350 g High grade flour (or Rice flour for GLUTEN FREE)
1 cup drained crushed tinned pineapple
1/4 cup brandy
Cream butter and sugar, add essences, spices, add eggs (one
at a time) beat well. Mix fruit and pineapple together, mix in a little
of the flour to coat the fruit, then add fruit and flour to other ingred.
Bake 150 C for 2 hours, then 120 C 1 1/2-2 hours, pour brandy over
cake as soon as removed from the oven. Cool.
(Make sure the cake tin is well lined with many layers of baking paper,
also sit cake on plenty of layers of plain brown paper - this is stop
outside of the cake drying out during the long cooking time.)


  1. Seem like a couple of very delicious recipes. My eldest sis is the best cook in our family. She's quite fond of making many sorts of cakes.

    The poem 'The Invitation' is a very good one. I read it in your blog feed the other day and today too. Also copied it to my computer.

    The storm pictures blog is incredible. The images make you admire and yet feel awe for the power of nature. Thanks for continuting to find and introduce such great blogs!

    It's sad how people didn't stop for the heifers on the road. It must've been distressing for you. People are getting self-centred everywhere but there are still some good decent people around as you found out :)

    The vodka kitty looks to be 'high'..wonder how many bottles it has already drunk..

    The Santa does appear to be shy and avoiding the camera..it's great though that the kids had such fun!

    The Manuka tree looks amazing. Are the branches growing out towards the sun or is that the natural structure of the plant? great sight nevertheless!

    Have a great day..looks like the Screech clan is leaving you guys in relative peace for the time being..purrs and hugs :)

  2. Hi Omer,

    Yes Mr Screech and his clan have gone off somewhere. I think because our neighbours have been shooting possums.

    I'm thrilled you like the Storm blog that was incredible. I'm following it because I love storms.

    The Manuka is in its natural form. they grow really tall and have that amazing shape. I'm going to draw some sometime just for fun.

    I love the invitation it's an incredible poem and it's been a great inspiration for me in my own personal life.

    The heifers at least are now safe. I don't like seeing anything being hurt. Not them or people. Last thing we would have needed was a fatal accident.I'm always on the look out for great blogs. Glad you like the ones I've found.

    Santa needs a good talking to
    maybe it was him that left the Vodka kitty behind at the party?

    You have a great day too and watch out for Basement Cat...he could reappear on my blog at any time now..be careful be very careful. I'll let Mr Screech know he's needed back up here for Christmas.

    Purrs and hugs to you and the kittes.

  3. mmm yum I'm going to try that fruit bread. I have a xmas fruit cake to make for my dad's pressie yet.

  4. Yes this really looks nice. I might make it as well.

  5. What delicious sounding recipes, Liz. Thank you for sharing them. I might just try the fruit bread.

    Sounds like you're really getting into the holiday spirit.

    Best wishes,


  6. Hi Renie,

    I think they are too. Let me know how you get on with the Fruit bread. I might try it too. have to remember that the US uses pounds and ounces. Next time I'll put both on the recipes.

    Christmas cheer is a really good thing to have and I'm a chronic optimist. LOL!

    All the best to you too.