Archive for October, 2014

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Peter is an alum of Oxford University, England – and from the college archives he bakes this Christmas cake recipe – by Randolphus Ayres – every Christmas.

It’s at its best two to four weeks after you bake it, so anytime soon after Thanksgiving is perfect.

NEW COLLEGE CHRISTMAS CAKE

8 oz flour, 8 oz. wholewheat flour, 2 lb golden raisins, 3 oz candied peel, 1/2 oz  powdered nutmeg, mace, cinnamon (all mixed together), 15 powdered cloves, 9 oz brown sugar, 2 eggs plus 3 yolks, 3 fl. oz  sherry, 11 fl. oz beer, 2 tsp dried yeast, 15 oz heavy cream, 1/2 lb unsalted butter

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

Set the butter to melt.  Dissolve the yeast in the beer to make a reasonable facsimile of ale-barm.  Mix the dry ingredients together.  Add the sherry, eggs, egg-yolks, beer and yeast.  Stir in the cream and melted butter.  Leave it all to stand in a  warm   place for an hour.  The mixture should rise and it will still be very sloppy. That’s ok. Grease 2  cake tins, line the base with parchment paper and pour in the mixture. Wrap a thick layer of newspaper round the outside of the tins.  Bake in the center of the oven for 1 hour, then turn the temperature down to 300 degrees. Bake for a further 1  hour  and 20 minutes. Test with a skewer or toothpick.  When the the toothpick comes out pretty much dry,  turn the oven off, and leave the cakes in the oven to cool with the oven door ajar.

Randolphus Ayres did not specify it, but this cake is outstanding with the traditional marzipan and “royal icing”.

 

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A Christmas Carol

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Charles Dickens‘ Christmas ghost story, beloved the world over, is a story of nostalgia, celebration, loneliness, despair and redemption. Ebenezer Scrooge – whose very name has become a by-word for hard-heartedness – is visited by messengers from the spirit-realm, who take him on a voyage of self-discovery and self-reclamation in and around Victorian London. So, in honor of the spirits, in honor of Christmas and festivity… book us for your holiday party… and help us celebrate Christmas in Boise…

length of performance: 38 minutes

party bookings $300

public performance at The Mode Lounge, Sunday December 18,  4:30pm ($12 at the door)