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Thread: Christmas cake - Stir Up Sunday

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    Boiled fruit cake is our family favourite and because I don't use any alcohol I make them only a week or 2 before Christmas. I give a number away to family and friends as Christmas gifts.

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    There's a series with Joanna Bogle on EWTN called "Feasts and Seasons," and she was just talking about Stir-Up Sunday last Sunday. The first Sunday of Advent - you "stir up" your faith and anticipation of the Advent of our Lord while you stir up your Christmas pudding.

    I'm going to try making a Christmas pudding one day. I guess most people don't like it, but I'm one of those weirdos who likes fruit cake, so I might well like Christmas pudding, too.

    My mother used to make insane fruitcake, well-basted with brandy and rum. *hic* I'm not ambitious enough for that.

    I make a cake during the holidays that was called "Bishop's Bread" by my Polish mother-in-law. It has no fruit in it except maraschino cherries but you can add dates if you like, too. Very easy to make, beautiful to look at and tastes like a chocolate-covered cherry.



    Bishop's Bread:

    Beat 3 eggs with the juice from a jar of cherries (about a 12 to 15 oz jar)
    Mix in a cup of sugar, a tablespoon of baking powder, a half-teaspoon of salt, beat smooth.
    Mix in two cups of flour and stir until smooth.

    Add a cup each of walnuts, pecans, chocolate chips and the drained cherries and stir to disperse everything in the batter.

    Grease and flour a tube pan or two loaf pans and pour the batter in. Bake at 325 for about an hour.

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    That Bishops Bread sound good. Anything that tasts like chocolate covered cherries must be good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thepolyparrot View Post
    There's a series with Joanna Bogle on EWTN called "Feasts and Seasons," and she was just talking about Stir-Up Sunday last Sunday. The first Sunday of Advent - you "stir up" your faith and anticipation of the Advent of our Lord while you stir up your Christmas pudding.

    I'm going to try making a Christmas pudding one day. I guess most people don't like it, but I'm one of those weirdos who likes fruit cake, so I might well like Christmas pudding, too.

    My mother used to make insane fruitcake, well-basted with brandy and rum. *hic* I'm not ambitious enough for that.

    I make a cake during the holidays that was called "Bishop's Bread" by my Polish mother-in-law. It has no fruit in it except maraschino cherries but you can add dates if you like, too. Very easy to make, beautiful to look at and tastes like a chocolate-covered cherry.



    Bishop's Bread:

    Beat 3 eggs with the juice from a jar of cherries (about a 12 to 15 oz jar)
    Mix in a cup of sugar, a tablespoon of baking powder, a half-teaspoon of salt, beat smooth.
    Mix in two cups of flour and stir until smooth.

    Add a cup each of walnuts, pecans, chocolate chips and the drained cherries and stir to disperse everything in the batter.

    Grease and flour a tube pan or two loaf pans and pour the batter in. Bake at 325 for about an hour.

    With all those add ins, it can't help but be delicious!

    What texture would it be?? .... when you say bread, I think of a fruit loaf that is more dense and heavy than the lightness of a cake. Or with that much fruit, is it more fruit than batter, making it more like a Christmas Cake?
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    It's quite heavy and dense - not like a good fruitcake - the baking powder lifts it some. But, eggy and moist.

    I am not a choco-holic, but chocolate covered cherries (cordial cherries) are my favorite, so I really like this bread/cake.

    You can make a hard icing to decorate it or you can sift powdered sugar over it - it's not overly sweet, so you can get away with a little added sweetness.

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    Panchita, what a wonderful Christmas thread you started here. I used to make fruitcake years ago. I remember using apple juice instead of licquor and it was still good. I may have to make one this year. You have whetted my appetite for it. Thank you.

    Linda

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