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#451 Tue 27 Nov 12 12:46am

CoastalKid

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Hi Mummza,

Thanks for your reply, really helpful.

On Lorraine's recipe she does include sugar syrup and then the meringue topping on her fruit cake (no booze tho!).

To be honest, no-one in my family like the marzipan or icing hence I'm trying to come up with a nice alternative (that hopefully looks nice )

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Do you think I'll be ok going with this topping so long as add the sugar syrup first?

Thanks again so much for your help  neutral

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#452 Tue 27 Nov 12 2:31am

hippytea

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My main worry would be staining. Especially if you've been feeding the cake, that brown oozy juice can seep like you wouldn't believe. That and maybe burning the cake on the second round in the oven - how long does it take to cook the meringue topping?

I think if you're going to do this, you'll be a bold pioneer, blazing a trail, complete with the risk that it might not work. If it works, I'm sure it'll taste good - after all, Royal icing is a mix of sugar and egg white and tastes similar to meringue - I'm just not sure I could give you good odds right now.

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#453 Tue 27 Nov 12 3:20am

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No I don't think it will work CostalKid , to me it sounds like a sort Italian meringue topping ... But then you said you would be rebaking it .

If you put the cake back in the oven it will be far too dry .christmas cake is an expensive cake to make and it seems a shame to risk ruining it.

What you could do as an alternative to icing is to top the cake with glacé fruits and nuts , this looks very pretty and enhanced the fruitiness of the cake .( I think Marks and Spencer's usually sell a similar thing if you want to see what I mean . )

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#454 Tue 27 Nov 12 10:10am

hippytea

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Or make a meringue and stick it to the top?

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#455 Tue 27 Nov 12 1:13pm

CoastalKid

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Hi hippytea & mummza,

Thank you both soooo much.  I know for sure now that I will not be re-baking so thanks for saving my cake from me  lol
I like the idea of making/baking the meringue and trying to put on top but really not sure I'll do that successfully!!
Did Lorraine's cake work out due to her not having any booze in (or feeding it) hence not so much liquid to stain?
What do you think......would the cooking of the meringue and then putting on top work and would it be pretty straight forward for a novice??
Thank you both for your help, really appreciate it.
Nb. Strangely Jamie does suggest a meringue as topping for this cake (1 of 3 suggestions in his Magazine - Issue 14 Nov/Dec 10)  I would just be adding Lorraine's sugar syrup and much more meringue on top as an alternative! Sorry to be a pain!!

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#456 Tue 27 Nov 12 1:52pm

hippytea

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What about crushing up some meringue and sticking it to the cake with glace icing? (icing sugar+water). There was an interesting Christmas cake topping in this month's Delicious magazine, but I can't lay my hand on it right now. It was like a crumbly topping made with sugar lumps, easier than icing. If I find it I will let you know.

As for cooking a meringue and sticking it to the cake, I know I suggested it, but to be honest I've never baked a meringue! That idea should have come with a health warning: I have no idea what I'm talking about.

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#457 Tue 27 Nov 12 1:54pm

hippytea

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I looked up the recipe that was your inspiration and I'm putting a link so it might spark off some other ideas (from people that know something about meringues) - http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/chris … nter_64957

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#458 Tue 27 Nov 12 1:59pm

CoastalKid

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Bless you hippytea, not only Chief cook and bottle-washer....life saver as well!! I'll look on the link you've sent, thanks so much.  Have a little time up my sleeve whilst I feed the cake (and me whilst I'm at it!!!) lol
Thanks again,

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#459 Tue 27 Nov 12 2:01pm

CoastalKid

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Duh...read it too quickly!! Just realised it's my link from Lorraine!! Hopefully there will be some meringue guru that will advise...thanks so much for your time and help smile

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#460 Tue 27 Nov 12 5:51pm

Ratko

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Hi there,

Fist i would like to say that I admire your work. I admire you work with the adolescents you are doing. Giving them a chance to become more than they have imagined in their lives. You are doing a great job, and i think you should be given the Nobel Prize.
I like to hear your opinion for one recipe, that i like to make and surprise everyone on my birthday. I have mushrooms, cheese and a shafran. I like to put the mushrooms in a pan, then put the cheese over them and bake them in the oven. At the end i like to put some shafran on them. Do you think it is a good combination?

Best Regards,

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