Friday, 16 September 2011

A special wedding gift

Almond paste ready to put on the cake
We’re all getting excited about my daughter’s wedding next month and yet another outing for Grandma Abson’s  Celebration Fruit Cake recipe. As you need to make fruit cake in advance, I made the three tiers of fruit cake and these are now maturing. I pricked the tops of the cakes and poured a few teaspoonsful of brandy to help the process along. During the next couple of weeks, I’ll need to cover the cakes with home made almond paste/marzipan.

½ lb ground almonds
¾ lb caster sugar
4 tablespoonfuls of lemon juice and 2 tablespoonsful of water

Mix the almonds and sugar together. Add sufficient liquid to make a stiff  paste. You can also add a 1 tablespoon of sherry instead of 1 of the water. You can also substitute half of the caster sugar with icing sugar.
A special wedding gift
 A few months ago, I made a special Wedding Cake  and gave a copy of Grandma Abson's Traditional Baking book for a family friend to take as a wedding gift for a famous couple, Justine Thornton and Ed Miliband. Ed is the local M.P. in Doncaster.  I decorated the cake with red ribbon and put a spray of delicate white Yorkshire roses, tied up with a horseshoe. I was delighted to get a lovely message back from Justine with a lovely thank you card saying ‘We've started eating the cake and it is fantastic!’  I hope they are doing plenty of Grandma Abson’s baking in the Miliband household.

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