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    Scottish orange carbonated crap.

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    My mom used to make fruitcakes and send them to relatives and friends all over the place around Christmas time. She even made fruitcake COOKIES and sent those out, too. My brother and I hated it and thought she had some kind of mental disorder for inflicting them on everybody. Ironically, my wife's parents LOVED them and would hide them so that my BIL's wouldn't find them and eat them.

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    Irn Bru is the urine of the Gods, shush now. I also used to love the Irn Bru chewy bars. If I couldn't get an Irn Bru drink/chewy bar, I'd happily go for a Vimto drink/chewy bar!
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    I like Irn Bru!

    My grandma used to make her Christmas cake around August or September, seal it in a tin and then open it up every so often to douse it with booze and keep it moist. I didn't ever get to try it (she also used to make a smaller sprog friendly version) but I believe that it was pretty lethal by the time Christmas came around. Having said that I don't particularly like fruit cake or Christmas pudding and can only tolerate mince pies if they have plenty of custard with them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by A*O View Post
    My mum makes a delicious proper rich fruit Christmas cake too. Family recipe from grandma and her mother before that too no doubt. It's rich but not heavy some of them. The covering of marzipan is a problem because Ma is an addict and eats it before it goes on the cake so I have to do that and then quickly whack on the icing. Then the silver balls and little plastic reindeer. Ho Ho Ho.
    ew. i forgot to add mazipan to the list of crap i hate. but christmas fruitcake and marzipan in one hellish concoction? that's fucking disgusting, no offence to your mother
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    Standard traditional UK Christmas cake. Rich fruit cake with a thin coat of marzipan, then cover the lot with white icing (frosting). But plenty of people skip the marzipan as it's not a universal favourite it's true. I'm indifferent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MohandasKGanja View Post
    My mom used to make fruitcakes and send them to relatives and friends all over the place around Christmas time. She even made fruitcake COOKIES and sent those out, too. My brother and I hated it and thought she had some kind of mental disorder for inflicting them on everybody. Ironically, my wife's parents LOVED them and would hide them so that my BIL's wouldn't find them and eat them.
    Rly? How???!?
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    I like Irn Bru!

    My grandma used to make her Christmas cake around August or September, seal it in a tin and then open it up every so often to douse it with booze and keep it moist. I didn't ever get to try it (she also used to make a smaller sprog friendly version) but I believe that it was pretty lethal by the time Christmas came around. Having said that I don't particularly like fruit cake or Christmas pudding and can only tolerate mince pies if they have plenty of custard with them.
    Yep that's what mine is like (the alcoholic version). I'm loving mince pies especially Aldi's!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Novice View Post
    Rly? How???!?
    If I remember correctly, each cookie had a red maraschino cherry and a couple of pecans. And a couple of raisins. And some other stuff I forget. And was covered in some kind of batter that held it all together after it had been cooked. I don't think I've laid eyes on one in like 25 years.
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    My grandparents used to make this German dessert for Christmas. They also used to make these things called knadels or something like that. Come on all Germans. Help me out.

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    not german but i'm guessing knödel? i used to have them in austria, they're like dumplings.
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    Knodel? Some sort of potato dumpling? They were selling them on Lidl the other day and wanted to get some but the boyfriend said they make the same in Norway and make them better. They call them raspeballer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sputnik View Post
    not german but i'm guessing knödel? i used to have them in austria, they're like dumplings.
    Like dumplings with shredded potato and bread? My nana used to make them with a roast. They were so yummy.

    Still can't think of what the cake was.

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    Family Xmas cake recipe. Remove any ingredients you can't handle but not all of them!

    180gr Butter
    240gr SR Flour
    125 gr Soft Brown Sugar
    240gr Sultanas
    240gr Currents
    240gr Raisins
    125gr Cherries
    125gr Candied Peel
    55gr Chopped Almonds
    1 Teasp. Mixed Spice
    4 Eggs - beaten

    Cream butter and sugar, gradually add eggs.
    Mix fruit, peel and almonds with flour and spice and add to mixture

    Bake at 130c for approx. 4 hours. As oven temperatures vary keep an eye on cake and adjust time accordingly. Inserting a skewer is a good test.

    I've posted an easy fruit cake recipe in, duh, Recipes!
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    Quote Originally Posted by KrisNine View Post
    Still can't think of what the cake was.
    this?
    Stollen Recipe : : Recipes : Food Network
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    I love dr pepper too!!!! Plus, it's cheaper than Pepsi in the machine at work, so.......
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