The Dau-in-Law’s father is a Lion and gives her a Lion’s Christmas cake each year. They don’t like them and give it to us. We’re avoiding processed foods and there’s only two of us, so it waits until we can off load it to visitors. I disposed of last year’s at a function our club was catering for, which increased our profits fundraising towards a new mower. We will have another given to us in a couple of months. Lion’s traditional cake is good, moist, plenty of fruit. They also give us the individual Christmas Puddings out of the Crisco order. I must ask them what they actually like in purchased Christmas Cake, I only know what they don’t like.
My mother always made a Christmas pudding in the old copper. Kids were banned from entering the laundry while it was cooking. One year the smell was all pervasive and delectable. But on lifting the lid … the string had broken, the cloth opened up, and the copper was a sea of brown boiling water resembling a broth of fruit. We strained it and bodgied up a batter to hold it together and baked it in the oven. The result was no where near the promise of the copper’s aroma.
I also remember the sixpence and threepence and the jealousy on hearing the scrape of knife on metal in one of my brother’s slices.
Home made or Store purchased? Well, depends on how much time I have, I kind of think I’ld buy a small one as it is too much mucking around to bake something that small.