The countdown is definitely on! The prospect of fairy lights, tinsel and mince pies are all very exciting, but the sight of an empty Christmas present ideas list is definitely not.
If you’re seriously lacking in ideas and money this Christmas, here’s another little frugal but festive idea for you.
Cellardoor Love Loaf
No one could turn their nose up at a homemade, edible gift. FACT. And this Love Loaf is idiot proof and can be baked in bulk:
4 oz raisins
4 oz currants
4 oz sultanas
2 oz chopped candied peel (you can buy this, so no tedious peel-chopping for you!)
4 oz Demerara sugar
2 oz of Pecan nuts
5fl oz of Earl Grey
½ an egg beaten with 1 tsb milk
225g self raising flour
Place all the fruits, including the candied peel, in a bowl then dissolve the sugar in the hot tea and pour over the fruits. Cover and leave overnight. Heat oven to 170 degrees, put nuts on a baking sheet and pop them into the oven for 6-8 minutes. Once cool, chop roughly
Next, add the beaten egg mixture to the bowl containing the fruits. Then sift in the flour, add the toasted nuts and give everything a really good mixing.
Pop in a loaf tin and bake for 75-90 mins till it feels springy in the centre.
Turn them out and leave to cool.
Wrap in pretty rustic paper and tie with a ribbon for a pretty pressie, or served sliced, toasted and covered in butter!
By Yvonne Dickson