Four Generations of Bakers

Thursday Food declares Today Dec 21 — National Baking Day

Thursday, December 21, 2017

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Monique Sewell-Smith has been baking from as far back as she can remember... Baking was my mommy's passion; whether she was feeling up or down it's what soothed her. Christmas she just made everything extra-special and it all started with the Christmas cakes.

I bake because... it provides family time. Music or movies, a bottle of wine and we girls whipping up a storm and the guys hanging... drooling for the first bite. It's better than any party!

My must-have Christmas cake ingredients are... the rum and the fruits, wine and all of us together! Apart from that though... we use 1/2 whole-wheat flour which improves the texture, making the cake more moist, rich and heavy.

The most challenging aspect of Christmas baking is... waiting on the cake to finish and cool so we can start eating. With my grandmother and mum baking with me, whose passion is baking, there really is no challenge. The love, the fun, all of us together! Even if you are Skyped in like my sister Kristina was — having each other just makes everything fall into place, including the ingredients for a Christmas cake!

1 cup sugar
1 cup butter
2 cups flour (1 wholewheat, 1 counter flour)
2 cups rum/wine-soaked fruits
Mixed spices
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoon guava jam
White rum
Red Label wine
3 eggs
Rind of one green lime or lemon

• Cream butter and sugar.
• Add browning (amounts vary based on desired darkness of cake).
• Add eggs. Continue mixing for a few minutes.
• Measure flour and sift. Add to sifted flour baking powder, nutmeg, mixed spice.
• Fold flour mixture in butter, sugar, egg mixture.
• Add fruits.
• Add lemon zest, and wine and rum to taste.
•Bake at 170 degrees for approximately one hour or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

NOTE: (Place a pan with water on the bottom shelf of the oven to ensure cakes remain moist when done).




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