Or is it Christmessy?
Almost mid November and the first Christmas ads are on the telly and on the radio. Usually, I'm always way behind with the Christmas preparations.
This year however, I've decided to be up front. What is quite easy - but time consuming - is dough for cookies.
So, today I made 2 different doughs and put them in the freezer in nice portions. Brown cookies and Pebernødder which are quite common in Denmark, Germany and The Netherlands also called Pfeffernüsse in German and Pepernoot in Dutch.
Tomorrow I have no time for Christmas - but Thursday I'll continue. Recipes will be available when I have the time.
The traditional Christmas cake
Also the British christmas cake is one of my favorites. Expensive to make and no one else but me, eats the cake. My husband despises raisins and fruit that goes into the cake and also the texture and heaviness is something he doesn't like. My in-laws are the same. "We don't eat cake with fruit and stuff".
However, The cake is a bit like the German Stollen which I grew up with. The Stollen however, is a loaf and you can eat it as it is or with butter like a slice of bread. Some are filled with marzipan - yummy!
I found a recipe on The Spruce Eats which was quite easy to follow - in general making a Christmas cake is easy, just very time consuming.
Something called mixed spice is almost impossible to get in Denmark. Thus, I decided to make my own. The recipe contained both nutmeg and mace. I never heard of mace, so after a quick search on Google I found out that mace is the covering of the nut. It's not used in Denmark so I used grains of paradise instead for my blend.
I like to grind my own spices, it takes time, but the smell of freshly grinded spices is absolutely fantastic.
After 4½ hours in the oven the cake was done. This morning I sprinkled it with some rosé port wine and put it in a cake tin. This must be done once or twice a week, until its ready to be covered with marzipan and icing.
I look so much forward to eating it during Christmas!