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The Christmas Tag- What I love about Christmas

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It’s fun to try something new. I am joining in with in a Christmas tag where fellow bloggers share their thoughts by answering and sharing questions. It’s also my chance to share my brandy butter recipe.

I have to declare straight away, that if I had a magic wand, I would ensure that not a peep was heard about Christmas until the 1st December, or perhaps any later? Having said that, I’d need to sneak in making the Christmas cake, pudding and mincemeat before my deadline.

Flaming the Christmas Pudding

The Questions

What’s your favourite Christmas movie?

Definitely It’s a Wonderful Life. Preferably viewed in my local independent cinema. It’s on in Bristol hint hint.

It's a Wonderful Life starring James Stewart

It’s a Wonderful Life starring James Stewart

Have You Ever Had a White Christmas?

I don’t think so. Closest would be watching the White Christmas film. Okay, I do love old movies.

Where Do You Usually Spend Your Holiday

We usually spend Christmas together as a family. I love the fact that they are half an hour down the road now instead of a gruelling 7 hour drive from Scotland.

What Is Your Favourite Christmas Song?

I’ll choose Mike Oldfield in Dulci Jubilo it’s upbeat and not irritating and the carol I’ll choose the Coventry Carol as it is so different to others and dates back so far.

Can You Name All of Santa’s Reindeers?

Rudolph of course but the others … Donner and Blitzen?

What Christmas Traditions Are You Looking Forward to This Year?

I follow recipes handed down by both my family and my husband’s. Although each year, I push the boundaries a little. The Christmas pudding might be made with a different local ale rather than the original barley wine. I might find a different technique for the Christmas cake. On the day itself, there has to be lashings of brandy butter of course. It’s also about making new traditions. More recently I have begun to make sloe gin as the berries are so wonderful locally.

What Is the Best Christmas Present You Ever Received?

Rather than single out one thing, I’d say the wonderful Christmas stockings that Father Christmas left for me each year!

Most Memorable Christmas Memory?

As a very new mother, I remember taking my 6 week old daughter in a festive red and white baby grow to a Christmas party to meet friends. I was both proud and very nervous. It was all so new.

What Made You Realise the Truth About Santa?

What do you mean?

What Makes Christmas Time Special for You?

The chance to catch up with family and relax – especially when the Christmas lunch has been delivered succssfully

Brandy Butter Recipe

An essential accompaniment to Christmas Pudding or Mince Pies

Brandy Butter

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Category: Dessert

Cuisine: Christmas

Yield: 4

I make my own mincemeat for a taste so much superior to shop bought

The essential ingredient in this recipe is vanilla sugar. This is one of those recipes where you need to taste it to get it to the balance of sugar and alcohol that works for you. Use really good brandy or cognac, it will make all the difference

Ingredients

  • 125gr salted or unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 30 gr vanilla sugar
  • 30 to 45 ml cognac or brandy

Instructions

  1. Beat the butter and sugar together until really soft.
  2. Add the cognac or brandy a little at a time. If you add it all at once, it has a tendency to split. Taste and add either a little more sugar or brandy as required.
  3. Place in a pretty dish. You can make this well in advance. It keeps very well in the fridge
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I make my own mincemeat for a taste so much superior to shop bought

I make my own mincemeat for a taste so much superior to shop bought

You might like to discover how these blogging friends answered these questions:

 

Jamie from Thrifty Mumma Thrifty Bubba

Janey from Lady Janey

Have a great Christmas!

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