Christmas (Recipe) Cards

Obviously, it is nearly Christmas. I’ve been sick of it since approx October, and plan to spend the festive season asleep. The Traditional and Celebration section of Marguerite Patten’s recipe cards includes some baffling seasonal gems:

Yes! It’s the marshmallow bauble stand you’ve been waiting for! And if that’s happiness, god help us all.  And why are there rings stuck to the branches?

A stunning combo of ice cream, booze and dried fruit, contained by a fence of sponge fingers. Potentially quite nice, but how does stuff like this get conceived?

This is a Danish cake, the reverse tells me, which leads me to conclude that Danes don’t give much of a stuff about Christmas. The reverse also says ‘Decorate as wished’, here the decorator wished to make a doll out of a fir cone, some paper and a cherry tomato. Who can say what any of us would do in the same situation. We mustn’t be too quick to pass judgment.

All I’m going to do is quote the frankly inadequate instructions for decorating this marvellous cake:

Mix remaining butter icing with melted chocolate, and pipe shape of doors, windows, etc. Dip apple slices in lemon juice, arrange as roof tiles, with marshmallows as ‘chimneys’. Decorate with silver balls.


3 responses to “Christmas (Recipe) Cards

  1. Outback Pudding is based on something called Charlotte Russe, but it looks more interesting. The original has cream, flavoured with liqueur and set with gelatine within the fence, and sometimes a layer of jelly on top (done upside-down cake style, so jelly goes in first and the finished dish inverted on to its final serving place.)

  2. Nothing quite says Christmas like silver balls and cherry tomatoes. Genius

  3. Elizabeth Matthews

    A few years back Sainsbury’s produced a recipe card for a Christmas cake Unfortunately I’ve lost my recipe Can you help anyone have it Was best cake I’ve ever baked