After I made the Creole Christmas Cake the lovely Josiekitten asked if I would be decorating it with the Glazed Nut Topping, which Delia suggests is particular good with it. I’ve never tried icing a Christmas cake in full so knew marzipan and real icing wasn’t going to happen, but have since been thinking about the wonders of a nutty topping!
Whilst out and about in town last week, I stumbled across Carpo, a Greek store which specialises in dried fruit, nuts, coffee and chocolate containing most of the aforementioned foods.
Now, in our house we have a nut divide – I adore them but Mr K is allergic to quite a few different varieties with the exception of peanuts and almonds (apparently classed as legumes), meaning I couldn’t top our cake but figured this wouldn’t stop me having a go with Dad’s. So I popped into the store and picked up some brazil nuts, walnuts and pecans, tracked down a jar of good apricot jam and unwrapped the 2.3kg cake beast.
The topping really couldn’t be easier to make; I laid the raw nuts on top of the cake trying a few different patterns, then, as instructed by Delia, popped the brazils and pecans under the grill to toast for a couple of minutes – I suggest toasting a few extra in case of breakages or accidental eating! Whilst they are cooling, you heat a tablespoon of apricot jam with a couple of tablespoons of brandy, whisking them together to combine. Brush a coat of the mixture on top of the cake, rearrange the nuts, then gently brush over a generous helping of the glaze. And that’s it!
The idea is that the jam will hold the nuts in place but it remains to be seen if this includes car journeys up the A1! It does look beautiful though – all glossy and such glorious rich colours – I’m really glad I tried it out, so thank you Josiekitten for asking about it.
The winner of the wonderful Knit your own Farm book was Hilary who left the following comment: “Goats! Followed closely by cows!”
And for the Mittens from the Fairy Forest ebook, Mr K drew Roo out of his hat (not literally mindst you!). Roo left the following lovely comment with more goats in it! “Oh wow, what a fabulous collection of patterns. I think my favourite fairy tale is the Billy Goats Gruff. We do lots of trip trapping over bridges in this house. Thomas loves the Three little pigs best – but he can’t understand why anyone would want to build their house out of anything but bricks!”