Some of you that have been following me from the get-go may remember that I don’t celebrate Christmas on the 25th of December. That is, we don’t celebrate the Birth of Christ until January 7th. I am Macedonian Orthodox and since we still follow the Old Calendar, or the Julian Calendar, Christmas for us is two weeks later.
But, that doesn’t mean that I don’t get to stuff my face on Christmas Day with the rest of you.
My father’s Aunt and her family are Catholic, thus on Christmas Day (25th of December) at around 2 in the afternoon we get together at their house and we eat. And eat. And eat.
They serve some of the best food; ham, turkey, parsnips, creamy cauliflower, potatoes… the list goes on.
But, for dessert Aunty Lilly only serves one delicious, traditional English Fruit Cake. They came to the States over 15 years ago from England, and this dessert serves as a reminder of their home away from home.
When she serves the cake, she pours brandy over it, lights it up, dims the lights, and everyone starts to sing, “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”. Oh, it is such a beautiful moment.
Each person gets a slice of cake and, the best part, warm heavy cream on top of the cake slice! Oh my word. Best stuff ever.
This year she and her family will be celebrating Christmas in England, and that means no fruit cake for me! Booooo!
So, instead of waiting for a whole year to get my piece of the cake, I will be making these boozy fruit tartlets, again. Close enough, don’t you think? 😉
I ate a couple of them before I took the photos. Oooops. I couldn’t resist.
I should tell you that you will end up with enough dough for two tarts. Save one of them for Monday’s post. I have a very special recipe to share with you.
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